Every year, since I was a child, I remember patriotic outcalls and calls for recognition. 32 years I occupy this earth and 101 since the genocide, those calls go unanswered. This is the first year I’m not inside the classroom or any other venue where I can teach this history, so I take this opportunity, through social media to truly say what I hope will happen in the near future.
My trip to Armenia last October really solidified my pride in being Armenian. Whatever stereotypes might plague my people, I truly hope is counter exampled by 5 positive attributes so the perpetuation of prejudice and hate can finally cease. Being first generation Armenian, the constant juggle whether or not I’m American or Armenian threw me in a vicious cycle of identity crises. Being multicultural, I realized the importance of adopting the positive attributes of all cultures I immerse myself in: the American, the Spanish, the Armenian. However, at the end of the day, I’d like to bring in the idea of equanimity and wish that there are no separations between us. In fact, illusions and mental creation of borders and distinguishing “cultures” is what eventually will bring an eradication to hate, stereotypes and prejudice. Are we really far from accomplishing that? I wish I knew the answer to that. But I choose to think that the answer is NO. We are quite near. I choose to be optimistic.
No I will not forget. But, I will forgive and hope that one day with clear and constructive communication, this day can be just that, a memorial. I dream of a day where the 24th isn’t a day where resentment and hate fills the heart of Armenians and those who care for human rights. Today, I close my eyes and hope that one day, those who have lost their lives can truly rest in peace. Once they do, the generation of Armenians in the Diaspora and the homeland can finally take a long deep breath, and perhaps begin the forgiving and grieving process.