The basic definition of dehumanization is to deny human treatment to someone, and give them subhuman treatment. Such treatment can be doled out to an individual or a group. The offender can be a single person or a group that victimizes fellow humans. The individuality of the victims is ignored, and so are the highly developed cognitive abilities mentioned. Along with these, the victims are shown no compassion.
They have to face violence and oppression, and are subjected to various cruelties and indignities.
Examples of dehumanization can be found in history books.
We’ve been dehumanized to a point where ANC-regime have overcome revulsion to violence. They’ve normalized genocide.
The biggest step in genocide is dehumanization. When the world dehumanize you or myself…then we know we are done!
Dehumanization removes the very base of someone’s identity. We are all repulsed by murder, but this is eliminated if people aren’t seen as people.
In Rwandan Genocide, for example, many partakers failed to comprehend their Tutsi victims where human. Instead, they were seen as ‘cockroaches’ and vermin to be exterminated.
While there must be safeguards in place for free speech, hate speech and propaganda is not part of this.
Gregory Stanton from Genocide Watch himself notes that societies who fall victim to genocide rarely have such constitutional protections. He also goes further, recommending those trading in hate speech are banned from international travel, have their finances frozen, their radio stations shut down, and propaganda banned.
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