By Munira Kapacee a Muslim by birth and by heart, but most importantly a human.
As part of the 10 Steps To Genocide, dehumanisation is number four. Dehumanisation occurs across several domains; is facilitated by status, power, and social connection; poor intolerance; superiority complex just to name a few and results in behaviours like exclusion, violence, and support for violence against others. See reference here
The essence of evil
You don’t have to be a monster or a madman to dehumanise others. You just have to be an ordinary human being
An article I ran into during my research. I have used snippets of some of the article throughout my post, I would encourage you to read the full article here.
Here’s what we can say. The term ‘dehumanisation’ has acquired a variety of meanings since its introduction in the early 19th century. Some people think of it as a derogatory language-game: the rhetorical practice of likening human beings to non-human animals or inanimate objects. Others understand it as the act of degrading others by subjecting them to cruelties or indignities. Still others believe that we dehumanise people by denying them subjectivity, individuality, agency or other quintessentially human characteristics. My focus is on a different conception of dehumanisation – a deeper one that typically underpins all the others.We dehumanise other people when we conceive of them as subhuman creatures. Dehumanisers do not think of their victims as subhuman in some merely metaphorical or analogical sense. They think of them as actually subhuman. The Nazis didn’t just call Jews vermin. They quite literally conceived of them as vermin in human form.
With the ongoing fear of Islamophobic rampage victimising many Muslim (especially women), it draws our attention to the stable, well rounded, level headed people that this is dehumanising. Muslims are not considered human anymore. They are “Maggots!” according to Ryan, a caller on London’s LBC Radio. Likewise
Only a few years earlier in Germany, Jews were labelled Untermenschen(subhumans) and were likened to vermin, maggots and disease-transmitting parasites.
(taken from the above article)
Apart from hate speech, aggression is turning physical; women are pushed into oncoming tubes see here, abused and bullied in public see here. Muslims are told to leave public transport due to passengers feeling “uncomfortable” see link. So it’s okay to discriminate is it? It’s okay to put billions of peaceful Muslim into one box as extremist due to a small percentage of power thirsty individuals? By trying to cater to some absurd needs you ignore the very right and basics of an individual because of his or her faith and clothing?! If this isn’t treading down the path of dehumanisation where intolerance is all that is inhaled than I frankly don’t know what is! Surely by holding a single narrative about one group of people is clearly the first step to genocide by classifying them as the “other”.
Dehumanisation plays a key role in fomenting genocidal violence
The sad fact is that acts of violence often promise to deliver certain benefits. By waging wars, implementing genocides or enslaving vulnerable populations, we can acquire resources that would have been difficult or impossible to get by gentler means.
Consequently, clever primates that we are, we have developed methods to circumvent and neutralise our own horror at the prospect of spilling human blood. We have constructed and disseminated toxic ideologies, ingested mind-altering drugs and engaged in powerful collective rituals, all for the sake of disinhibiting aggression and directing it against our neighbours.
(taken from above article)
On 18 December 1992, the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/121 in its preamble deemed ethnic cleansing to be a form of genocide and horrendous dehumanisation stating:
Gravely concerned about the deterioration of the situation in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina owing to intensified aggressive acts by the Serbian and Montenegrin forces to acquire more territories by force, characterized by a consistent pattern of gross and systematic violations of human rights, a burgeoning refugee population resulting from mass expulsions of defenseless civilians from their homes and the existence in Serbian and Montenegrin controlled areas of concentration camps and detention centres, in pursuit of the abhorrent policy of “ethnic cleansing”, which is a form of genocide, …— United Nations General Assembly.
How to rid the world of genocide. We should say Never Again, for tomorrow it could be you, it could be me or it could be our progeny.
Synopsis – When I was punished for being a Muslim…
(note: anger is a natural feeling, only to come and go, what must follow is either to disagree or to forgive.)
‘None of you is a believer, unless what he loves for his brother is what he loves for himself.’
So really, how should we respond to Islamophobia?
Thanks to concerted efforts by medical scientists, we have managed to tame diseases that were once scourges of humanity. Smallpox, a disease that was responsible for half a million deaths in the 20th century, has been completely eradicated. Others, such as tuberculosis and cholera are still with us, but we now understand how to prevent and contain them. Perhaps one day we will wake up to the importance of devoting comparable resources to understanding how to prevent, contain, or even eradicate the plague of dehumanisation.
Such an effort is long overdue.
(taken from the above article)
For an over all summary of how dehumanisation occurs see the link below: