President Biden kept his election promise and called the anniversary of the massacre in Armenia genocide.
In a White House statement to PoliticusUSA, President Biden said:
Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died during the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman era, and we re-commit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever occurring again. From April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by the Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred or marched to their deaths in an extermination campaign. We honor the victims of the Meds Yeghern so that the horrors of what happened are never lost to history. And we remember that we are always vigilant against the corrosive influence of hate in all its forms.
Most of the survivors were forced to find new homes and new lives around the world, including the United States. With strength and resilience, the Armenian people survived and rebuilt their community. Over the decades, Armenian immigrants have enriched the United States in countless ways, but they have never forgotten the tragic story that brought so many of their ancestors to our coast. We honor their story. We see this pain. We confirm the story. We are not doing this to blame, but to make sure what happened is never repeated.
When we mourn today for what has been lost, we also turn to the future – the world we want to build for our children. A world that is not tainted by the daily evils of bigotry and intolerance, where human rights are respected and where all people are able to live their lives in dignity and safety. Let us renew our shared resolve to prevent future atrocities from occurring anywhere in the world. And let us seek healing and reconciliation for all people in the world.
The American people honor all those Armenians who were killed in the genocide that began 106 years ago today.
Commenting on CNN’s Jim Acosta: “CNN: President Biden officially declared the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as genocide, fulfilling an election promise. Biden’s predecessors had stopped using the word. “
Former presidents would not label it genocide for fear of upsetting Turkey. President Biden is approaching his first hundred days in office, and the early part of the term was marked by a sincere desire to make things better, keep his promises, and do what is right.
The Americans could see a very special presidency unfolding before our eyes.
Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association