Armenian Genocide Statement
by Margaret Bar-Akiva, Member HGHRC Advisory Commission
On April 24th of this year President Biden became the first US President to officially recognize the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as Genocide. The fact that it took 106 years for the US to officially recognize the death of 1.5 million Armenians as Genocide is indicative of the geopolitical power that Turkey has leveraged despite its shameful history.
Many Armenians grew up in households with a parent or a grandparent who survived the brutal death march across the Syrian desert and witnessed the atrocities, the massacres, the forced deportations, the horror of children dying of starvation or disease. Like many other Armenians, I learned about the Genocide from my Grandmother and Mother who were among the survivors. And like other Armenians who wish to honor the memory of those who perished there is a compelling need to have this painful chapter in history acknowledged.
The Mission of our Center at MCCC is to promote dignity and social justice through Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights education. President Biden's declaration upholds the spirit and mission of the Center and sets a shining example for others to follow. May we all have the courage and fortitude to do so when we are put to the test.