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BABEL

In 1865, while much of the United States of America mourned the death of Abraham Lincoln,
many in the southern part of the country refused to share in the remorse. In one instance, there was
this lady, Mrs. Stewart, who was told to either display mourning, or face the consequences. She refused.
She asked, “What? I, show sign of mourning for Abraham Lincoln? I, who were it not for him would not
be husbandless and childless today?”

The soldiers who had confronted her in her home sifted through her house until they found her
widow’s weeds; the dress and veil she had worn to bury her husband and son. They brought the
garments to Mrs. Stewart and told her, “This is what you will display.”

“Alright,” she replied, “why don’t you folks step across the street? I will display this myself in my
own way for everyone to see.” So the soldiers went and stood across the street. They saw the lady come
out onto her porch. They saw her hang her widow’s weeds around a piece of wood above the porch.
They also saw her tie it around her neck. Before anyone could react, she stepped off her porch, and
hanged herself. This was during the period of reconstruction, when the United States of America was
working towards rebuilding after the civil war which had cost thousands of American lives.

Hitting closer home, is the Rwandan genocide, which is also known as the genocide against the
Tutsi. It is estimated that between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Rwandese were killed within a span of 100
days. It appears a bit abstract when it is reduced to mere numbers. The genocide planned by the core
political elite did not happen out of impulse. It was a build