LACDP Chair and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide:
“One hundred years ago, an atrocity that would later be known as the first instance of genocide in the twentieth century occurred in what is now present-day Turkey. In the span of eight years, over 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered in an attempt to deliberately exterminate a proud and historic culture. The sad reality is that this genocide was only the first to be visited upon the world in recent memory.
“Despite overwhelming evidence of this tragedy, Turkey still refuses to take responsibility for the crimes of the Ottoman Empire against the Armenian people. Instead of coming to terms with its past, and committing to a full account of its actions, Turkey continues to deny what clearly happened, acting out whenever the term “genocide” is uttered regarding the Ottoman crime against humanity.
“Let 2015 be the last year that our very own government fails to call this heinous atrocity what it was – a genocide – and the last year that Turkey acts not like a member of the brotherhood of nations, but like a spoiled child who refuses to take responsibility for its actions.
“Let the truth enable true healing to begin and may we never forget!”