You go girl. Hellofacrusade.Speaking of Rwanda, I was having a discussion with SWMBO the other day about my focus on removing the labels and the hyphens in our society and trying to get everyone to just feel and believe they are American without having to differentiate and segregate themselves into African-'Murican, Asian-'Murican, Mexican-'Murican, etc. She had just been to Rwanda back in early Feb for a Gorilla trek and while in Kigali, she spent at day at the Genocide museum. She said it was an extremely powerful experience but the story of the reconciliation was also just as powerful and they emphasize that there as much as they do the atrocities that occured.
One of her big takeaways on how they achieved decent progress in their reconciliation in such a short time was the drive to attempt to remove all references of tribe from society as a discriminator. Obviously, tribal animus is what kicked off the genocide in the first place with the majority Hutus kicking the shit out of the Tutsis. She was told by several there that tribal affiliations are being deemphasized and instead they attempt to get people to think of themselves as Rwandans first and "tribe" or other classifications pushed further down the pecking order of identity. Obviously, they still have a long way to go - but given that it was only a few years ago that nearly a million people were slaughtered at the hands of their neighbors - they are making amazing progress. In the US, it's only been what 150 years since slavery ended and 40 years since the Civil Rights Movement and people cannot let go of it. There is an entire industry in the US devoted to promoting identity politics and the politics of victimhood. And it will not end until we stop thinking of everyone not in your "tribe" as the enemy. Yet that is exactly what is being promoted and stuffed down our throats. If a next door neighbor in Rwanda can "get over" their father being hacked to death and their mother raped back in the mid 90s - I'm betting we can figure out a way to get past something that happened 150 years ago to our Great, Great Great Great Grandparents.