At Georgetown Law School today listening to a mix of ambassadors, human rights watch leaders, scholars and lawyers talk about "Forgotten Genocides"
I have heard about Nigeria, Armenia, and others. Learned much more about Armenia and others. Left wondering about this concept of "fighting silence" or "denial"
This idea of "fighting" denial seems like swinging at phantoms. How do you get the silent to speak? Can silence be fought? It seems there might be a better metaphor. We can just start speaking... Blogs, in theater and in policy. To fight another's silence seems tantamount to trying to get ghosts to speak. Forcing others to speak and to acknowledge has in it, for me, a kind of violence.
It's forcing another. Force is violence. It also takes the onus off us to speak without fear. We can just blame the deniers for denying.
Don't "fight denial" just keep speaking your truth. Forget about what they are doing or not doing.
calling for us to "fight denial" also perpetuates the victim/perpetrator divide. This limits what kinds of conversations might be possible.