April 24, 2015

I had reservations about posting this here, as it has nothing to do with books, literature, publishing or relevant “distractions” that I try to write about. However, as the day has gone on, I realized it’s important I spread word about the systematic massacre, now known as genocide, of the Armenian population in Armenia and what is now eastern Turkey that began exactly 100 years ago today.

You may have recently heard about Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kanye West visiting Armenia in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. I suppose the Armenian community needed exposure from someone like the Kardashians for the general, especially American, population could learn about an important historical event that Turkey continues to deny and the United States won’t recognize.

I won’t say much about my opinions on the political reasons and ramifications if the United States recognizes the Armenian Genocide, because that’s not happening… again.

I want to share what I wrote on my Facebook though because I think as Armenians (and I’m sure other ethnicities and nationalities can relate), we get lost in the “us” and “them” of things, and that’s not what April 24 is about at all.

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This morning, I wrote:

“April 24, regardless of the year, is a day where all Armenians come together and remember their parents, grandparents, great grandparents and relatives who either perished at the hands of the Ottoman Turks or miraculously survived the Genocide.

So whether you’re full, half, a quarter, an eighth, or any other fraction Armenian; whether your surname ends in -ian, -yan, or neither; whether you’re Hayastansi, Beirutsi, Hortanantsi, Barsgahye, or from any other region; whether you participate in ACYOA or AYF; whether you belong to the church in Antelias or Etchmiadzin; whether you see Vehapar Aram I or Vehapar Karekin II as your Catholicos… none of that matters, especially on April 24th. We are all the same. We have the same ancestral wounds.

Park Asdoodzo, Armenians have survived this massacre by the grace of God. Let us pray that nothing like this happens again to the Armenians or any other ethnicity, culture or religious group.

In 1939, Hitler asked, “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” Everyone.”

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