"Equality" And "Human" Defined By Genocide

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In the English language, it is not uncommon to fully understand a concept until you understand its polar opposite. For instance, in order to understand the Democratic party, one must also be acquainted with the Republican party. Antonyms truly help to define their counterparts by giving us a basis of comparison. Keeping this in mind, we can explore the meanings of "equality" and "humanity" by evaluating the meanings of "inequality" and "inhumanity." By understanding the type of discrimination in Japan, the Rape of Nanking, and how to define genocide, we can effectively understand the meanings of "equality" and "human" in Japan in the mid-twentieth century.Because Japan is a homogenous nation, human rights and equality have been particularly biased in favor towards Japan's ethnic majority. The country's discriminatory behavior has been embedded both culturally and historically because the nation's citizens generally haven't been exposed to people from outside nations. This type of discrimination is endemic and is particularly profound because it affects the current generation of Japan as well as those that proceed it (Fogel, Online). There is an inherent idea of Japanese superiority that can't simply be stamped out overnight. When Admiral Perry came to Japan in the late nineteenth century, Japan was rudely awakened to its newfound technological inferiority to the West. Furthermore, Japan believed that it was their responsibility to lead Asia into an age of colonialism.With their feeling of superiority towards the Asians and the desire to compete with Western powers, Japan was compelled to begin a colonial empire of their very own. After declaring to become a colony of Japan through the Meiji Restoration in 1889, Okinawa, or the Ryukyu Islands, one of the early Japanese colonies, was exploited for its raw materials. In 1895, Japan began to colonize outside of the Japan archipelago. One of the first of these new colonies was Taiwan, acquired from China as reparations after Japan defeated China in the Sino-Japanese War (Chellaney, Online). It is not unusual for Japan to combine the concepts of colonialism and racism. Taking into consideration the superiority that Japan felt over Asia and the contradictory nature of implementing new societal advancement tactics, racism was a natural and unsurprising byproduct. "It is significant that racism is a part of colonialism throughout the world; and it is no coincidence. Racism sums up and symbolized the fundamental relation which unites colonialist and colonized.... [The colonialist's] racism is as usual to his daily survival as is any other prerequisite for existence (Mimmi, 70)" The people of a colonial power perceived themselves as superior to their colonial subjects despite if the colonization was informal, primitive, or ineffective. This sense of superiority dehumanized the subjects to the point of inequality, racism, xenophobia, and genocide.The dehumanizing nature that colonialism has upon the...

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