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Melany Grout ’07: Human Rights “Screamer”

Years ago I read Samantha Power’s “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.” I recall identifying strongly with a passage that described people Power called “screamers.” During each U.S. administration’s inaction in the face of a 20th century genocide, “screamers” were those who recognized the importance of advocating, dissenting, or reporting to the world. Power wrote, “Most of them saw opportunity and alternative where others felt trapped by inevitability and ‘reality,’ a reality they did not probe and therefore ultimately would not alter. They knew that it was individuals who would have to make a difference, which was not the same as believing that they would.”