Kim Kardashian, Adorable Armenian Children Call for Recognition of Armenian Genocide
"Non-profit 'Unified Young Americans' have this message for Pres Obama..."
@e_espinosa via Twitter
The myriad Armenians of Los Angeles County took to the streets today -- and to the Internet, brave new frontier for social justice! -- to call for global recognition of the "forgotten holocaust" of 1915.
Thousands of protesters marched down Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards this morning/afternoon, lighting up L.A.'s most famous sidewalks in red, blue and gold.
Their picket signs and T-shirts blasted the nay-sayers with phrases like...
... "NEVER FORGET THE TRUTH" and "PRESIDENT OBAMA, KEEP YOUR PROMISE." In the crowd was Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena), author of a resolution demanding Obama declare the 1915 massacre a "genocide," as the POTUS very clearly promised on his campaign trail.
FYI: L.A. County is home to North America's largest Armenian population, including an entire third of Glendale. Which is probably why Armenian-American princess Kim Kardashian wishes to run for mayor of Glendale, and probably why she kicked off her political campaign today (we're kidding, sort of) with a message to her 14.5 million followers, on behalf of the Glendalians:
Let's get this trending #ArmenianGenocide !!!!!
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) April 24, 2012
Rep. Schiff told Fox11 reporters at the protest that denying genocide is "the final chapter of genocide, it's like a double killing. It's an additional trauma to the victims of genocide to deny that it ever took place. We don't want to be complicit in that.''
On a softer note, the prize for Most Adorable Protester is a three-way tie between this little pack of heartwarmers, captured magnificently by KTLA reporter Elizabeth Espinosa:
"Cutest Armenian kids out rallying for recognition of #ArmenianGenocide in Hollywood today.."
@e_espinosa via Twitter
However, it appears no headstrong Congressman, reality-TV star nor adorable Armenian child could sway President Obama from neutrality on this 97th anniversary of the killings.
In a disappointing statement today, Obama used the words "brutal massacre," but never "genocide":
"We honor the memory of the 1.5 million Armenians who were brutally massacred or marched to their deaths in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire. A full, frank, and just acknowledgement of the facts is in all of our interests. Moving forward with the future cannot be done without reckoning with the facts of the past."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss LA Weekly's biggest stories.
- Street Artist Highlights Hollywood Racism (PHOTOS)
- Minorities Target Oscars Luncheon for Protest
- Super Bowl Weekend DUI Crackdown Starts Tonight