Genetic Cleansing Around the world: past & present

Genetic Cleansing means the mass expulsion or killing of members of an unwanted ethnic or religious group in a society.

Did you need know Ethnic Cleansing is the same as Genetic Cleansing?                                 

Ethnic cleansing can be understood as an "undesirable" population from a territory by religious or ethnic discrimination.

Massacre and Expulsion were common methods of religious cleansing. In other words its the forced removal of ethnic or religious groups from a given territory with the intent of making it ethnically.

Forced migration, (deportation,population transfer)and mass murder.

Ethnic cleansing has taken many forms. The forced resettlement of a "politically unreliable" population-one conquered and incorporated into an empire yet still likely to rebel-dates from the eighth century BC.

When we think of genetic cleansing the first big event that we all come to think of would probably be during World War 2, with the Jewish Concentration Camps. But did you know that genetic cleansing actually was used way before the the 20th century. With ancient civilizations, though before it was less practiced and usually never went to the extreme of what World War 2 caused Hitler and all the Nazis to.

Under this definition, then, the slow dispersal and annihilation of North America's indigenous population was indeed ethnic cleansing.

Protesting towards all abuses of Genetic cleansing.

This would be an example of how Jews would look when they were forced out of their home land.

Comment Stream

3 years ago
3 years ago

the Assyrian Empire practiced ethnic cleansing when it forced millions of people in conquered lands to resettle between the ninth and seventh centuries B.C. Groups such as the Babylonians, Greeks and Romans continued this practice, though not always on such a large scale and often to procure slave labor. During the Middle Ages, religion rather than ethnicity was a main source of persecution; episodes of religious cleansing tended to target Jews, often the largest minority in European countries. In Spain, which had a large population of Jews and of Muslims, Jews were expelled in 1492 and Muslims in 1502; those who remained were forced to convert to Christianity, though all Muslim converts (called Moriscos) were expelled in the early 17th century. In North America, most Native Americans in North America were forced to resettle in territory allotted to them by the mid-19th century; when the Homestead Act of 1862 opened up most of the remaining lands to white settlers, those tribes who resisted–such as the Sioux, Comanche and Arapaho–were brutally crushed.

3 years ago

Events in Darfur have intensified a longstanding debate about the difference–if any–that exists between ethnic cleansing (which is a descriptive, not a legal term) and genocide, which was designated an international crime by the United Nations in 1948. Some equate the two, while others argue that while the main goal of genocide is to physically destroy entire racial, ethnic or religious groups, the aim of ethnic cleansing is to establish ethnic homogeneity, which does not necessarily mean mass killings but can be achieved by other methods. During the 1990s, the term “ethnic cleansing” was applied to the ongoing atrocities being committed in Bosnia and Rwanda; its acceptance as a description by U.S. and other U.N. Security Council members allowed them to avoid calling these acts “genocide,” which would have required intervention under international law.