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Throughout the course of human history, we as a people have displayed courage, compassion and unity which shows the capacity for good that humanity can accomplish. We have also displayed a lack of humanity that shows our capacity for hatred and ignorance. Unfortunately, genocide is a real part of our history and is still occurring in a world that should not allow this type of atrocity to happen. There are four events in our history where a mass murder of a people happened and although it is in our human nature to label these murders as genocide, I will explain why I think only some of these events can be called genocide.

During the times of exploration of our world, travelers from faraway places such as Spain, Portugal and the rest of Europe ventured into the New World. It was a New World to them but not to the indigenous people. The Indians have settled these lands for centuries and were curious about these newcomers. Eventually, due to colonization and expansion, most of these Indians were wiped out. I believe that this was not an example of genocide. While these travelers did murder many indigenous people, it was not the intent of all the travelers to deliberately wipe out all the Indians. It got to the point where mass murders of tribes occurred but it was done to satiate the greed that these explorers had when they found vast spaces of land where they could settle and where Indians had been living. There was some effort to have good relations with Indians but in the end, it was basically mass numbers of colonists migrating to America and not enough space which unfortunately did not bode well for the Indians.

One event which does fit the description of genocide was the mass murder of Jews in World War II. Adolf Hitler was the absolute dictator of Germany during World War II. He had the vision of an Aryan race which believed in racial hygiene in which only white people deserved to live. During the Holocaust, 11-14 million people were...
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