Week 2 Blog Post

The U.N. Convention on Genocide fails to protect all groups of people. While it protects people against cruel treatment based upon nationality, ethnicity, race and religion, it does not ensure just for individuals based on other voluntary defining features. Because this definition was created based on past genocidal doings, it fails to comply with this century and a number of groups are not protected. As the years have passed, ideologies have changed and news laws have been put into place paving the way for many groups to emerge. One targeted group that is now prevalent in our society but is not protected under this declaration is those that identify as LGBT.
On June 12, 2016, a man entered a gay nightclub in Florida and murdered 49 people and wounded 53 others. The perpetrator entered the nightclub with lethal weapons with the intent to destroy the patrons inside. He then engaged in a police standoff taking while holding club-goers hostage. This incident was covered in the news as the worst mass shooting in the United States. While this act clearly exemplifies genocide, it was not labeled as such. When the perpetrator began shooting in the nightclub, he was intending to destroy, in part, members that identified with the LGBT group. Even though he succeeded in carrying out his plan, the US did not recognize this as an act of genocide. The quantity of persons he injured does not equate to that of past figures, such as Hitler. That does not justify the damage.
The failure to identify this as genocide shows how westernized the convention is and the presence of inequality in our society. LGBT people have fought for decades to be accepted. The failure to label this inhumane act as genocide shows how flawed today’s society is and the lack of protection this definition offers to all people of all groups.

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