"Hutus" were people who farmed crops, while "Tutsis" were people who tended livestock. Most Rwandans were Hutus. Gradually, these class divisions became seen as ethnic designations. Because cattle were more valuable than crops, the minority Tutsis became the local elite.
- Why did the Hutus and Tutsis hate each other?
- Are Hutus darker than Tutsis?
- What was the conflict between the Tutsis and Hutus?
- Why did the Hutus call the Tutsis cockroaches?
Why did the Hutus and Tutsis hate each other?
Generally, the Hutu-Tutsi strife stems from class warfare, with the Tutsis perceived to have greater wealth and social status (as well as favoring cattle ranching over what is seen as the lower-class farming of the Hutus).
Are Hutus darker than Tutsis?
Tutsis are supposedly taller, thinner, and lighter-skinned, while Hutus are supposedly shorter, thicker, and darker-skinned. Yet others say these biometric measures are groundless, if not racist garbage. They point out that years of intermarriage have long since blurred racial boundaries - if they existed at all.
What was the conflict between the Tutsis and Hutus?
The Rwandan genocide occurred between 7 April and 15 July 1994 during the Rwandan Civil War. During this period of around 100 days, members of the Tutsi minority ethnic group, as well as some moderate Hutu, were slaughtered by armed militias.
|Motive||Anti-Tutsi racism, Hutu Power|
Why did the Hutus call the Tutsis cockroaches?
In the years leading up to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the government used all its propaganda machinery to spread bigotry and hatred of the Tutsi. Tutsis were now called inyenzi (cockroach). ... All Tutsi men, women and children were no longer citizens of a nation but cockroaches.