WARNING SIGNS: THE ROAD TO GENOCIDE
Both Joe and Victor experienced what we would call warning signs of genocide. Some warning signs might include, classification, or creating an "us vs. them" atmosphere, or dehumanization, where one group refers to the other group as vermin, parasitic, etc., thereby denying the humanity of said group. Other early warning signs can inlcude polarization, this is where hate groups target victim groups with specific messages in propaganda, or organization/preparation, where armed militia groups are formed, armed, and trained to hate and eliminate the enemy. Past group violence and armed conlict can also be indicators of a pending genocide. For more on Warning Signs of Genocide, click here to read Gregory Stantons Eight Stages of Genocide, from Genocide Watch, and for a tidy interactive lesson on the Warning Signs of Genocide click here.