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The deliberate and systematic destruction and mass murder of a racial, political, ethnic or cultural group.
People are divided into "us and them."
The differences between people are not respected. There's a division of 'us' and 'them', which can be carried out using stereotypes, or excluding people who are perceived to be different.
"When combined with hatred, a visual sign may be forced upon unwilling members of the targeted groups."
These visual signs are used to classify people.
The "dominant" group uses law, custom, and political power to deny the rights of other groups. The victim group may not be given full civil rights or even citizenship.
At this stage, hate propaganda in print and on hate radios is used to condemn (abuse) the victim group. The majority group is taught or indoctrinated to believe that "we are better off without them."
"Genocide is always systematic... Special army units or militias are often trained and armed..." usually by the state, often using militias.
The need to drive the "us and them" groups apart. Hate groups regularly broadcast propaganda, and it widely accepted as true. Laws may forbid intermarriage or social interaction.
The majority group builds armies, buys weapons and trains their troops and militias. Leaders often claim that "if we don't kill them, they will kill us," masking genocide as self-defense.
Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity and death lists are drawn up. Genocidal killings begin.
The mass killing legally called "genocide." It is "extermination" to the killers because they do not believe their victims to be fully human.
The mass graves are dug up and hidden. The historical records are burned, or closed to historians. Even during the genocide, those committing the crimes dismiss reports as propaganda.