Today is the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide – which means, I don’t have work today. It is a day for my work community to remember what has happened, and to demand recognition over it.
When I started teaching at the school I work at, with a large Armenian population, I had no idea that there even was an Armenian Genocide. I knew about the genocide against the Jews during WWII, in Rwanda, and Darfur. But not Armenian.
But now I know. Not a lot, but I know. President Trump, with his ties to Turkey, continues to deny it’s existence, and thus it does not appear in world history in the USA. The community continues to demand recognition for it. In December, Congress went against Trump and finally recognized it. It was a moment of rejoicing among those in my work environment personally affected by the news.
Since today is a day of remembrance and reflection, here are some resources for anyone who wants to be more informed: