Posts Tagged ‘Armenian Genocide’
This Easter is the 96th anniversary of the atrocious Armenian Genocide. It’s really sad how the American government puts politics over humanity. Aren’t we supposed to be better than that?
I’m also glad that the Kardashian sisters are brining attention to this by tweeting to their 8 million+ followers. I was reading Kim’s Facebook page a while back and came across a post from this girl from Turkey, saying that the Armenian genocide is a lie because if it were to be true, it would be in their history books. The ignorance got me so angry I had to stop reading.
As for all the Armenians who voted for Obama because he would recognize the Armenian genocide, -_-.
Recently on KFI radio, Bill Handel was discussing ways to “save government money,” and suggested we start by getting rid of the Armenians and selling Glendale. When an Armenian listener, Greg Garabedian, wrote a letter explaining how he was offended by his remarks, Handel continued making fun of the Armenians and even poked fun of Greg’s last name.
Now, generally I don’t care when people make stereotypical jokes, and hey I might even throw in a few myself. What really got to me was the response made by Lara Hermanson, when she said, “What the Turks started, Bill will finish.”
(Here’s a link to the initial comments made on air: http://www.burbankanc.org/KFI.mp3)
Imagine if similar comments were made about the holocaust or slavery, all hell would have broken loose! I actually have a friend in radio who was suspended from the show because he didn’t bleep out the “n” word in time, even though his co-host, who is African-American, was the one who said it. Nothing happened to the co-host, and although that’s another long and complicated story that still pisses me, my point is that that one word became an instant controversy and steps for it were taken immediately. Yet Bill and Lara on the other hand refused to apologize, while everyone on the show bursted into louder laughter.
In due time, however, The Armenian National Committee-Western Region (ANC-WR), joined by community organizations and activists, met with Bill and the station management, and got him to acknowledge “that a line had been crossed.”
Here’s a video of the apology…
How do you feel about the insensitive and ignorant comments that were made?
“Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”–Hitler
(Pictured Above: Heads of Armenian Intellectuals)
Today marks the 94th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and this post is dedicated to the 1,500,000 Armenians who were killed on April 24, 1915, in the Ottoman Empire. Beyond disappointing, I find it disturbing how after so many years, people still deny the genocide from happening. It’s like denying the Jewish Holocaust, in which case Hitler actually used the Armenian Genocide as his blueprint.
Denial is killing twice.
It is important to recognize events in history so that people don’t make the same mistakes. There are many groups dedicated to getting recognition for this unfortunate tragedy, and you can find basic information about it at http://www.genocide1915.info/.
Below is a video of Serj Tankian (Sytem of a Down), Tom Morello and others talk about Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide and urge President Obama to stand by his pledge for recognition.
Here is an Open letter to US President Barak Obama:
Dear Mr. Obama, April 24, 2009 will mark the 94th anniversary of a horrible tragedy in human history; the 1915 Armenian Genocide committed by the Turkish Ottoman Empire.
How can we forget the cries of more than 1.5 million innocent victims of this bloody massacre? They vanished almost a century ago but their voices sill echoes in our hearts.
“Why did this happen to us? Why did the world let this happen? Where is justice?”
As their decedents and conscientious human beings, we have carried on their plea for recognition of their pain and suffering. We have committed ourselves to fight until they would get their fair trial so their tortured souls would lay in peace.
Dear president, we have supported you throughout your campaign, because we believed in you and we believed that you would recognize the Armenian Genocide as “genocide” and nothing less. We know that the Turkish propaganda machine has been working very hard, trying everything to influence you, pressure you, and remind that Turkey is the ally of US. We hope that you would not give in. We hope that in your decision will be based on what is morally right, thus weighing recognition of the Armenian Genocide above all the politics.
The Armenian Genocide of 1915 still hurts and haunts us today. It is an open wound for every Armenian and for humanity. We believe that recognition of the Armenian Genocide will close one of the darkest chapters in humanity, so that we can move on, heal our hearts and rebuild our country.
How do you feel about all the lies and denials?