Essay Written June 2014 In just 100 days, the world saw some of the most horrific and senseless mass slaughter ever recorded. This was no war, no plague. The weapons, instead, were largely wielded by neighbours, fathers, daughters. If this defining characteristic of the Rwandan Genocide is not disturbing enough, delving into the causes and justifications given for this genocide are even more distressing, demonstrating the power of the mind. The factors fuelling this genocide were largely socially constructed. This means that the perceived differences between certain groups are socially defined, and therefore malleable, rather than inherent elements within a people. If biological determinism is used in a dangerous way, the risk is that the majority may discriminate against a minority purely based on…