Genocide Informative Speech

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I wish to address you about a serious matter, a pressing issue that has been a topic of discussion for many years now- genocide. It has been brought to my attention recently that you are a spokesperson for Turkish Airlines, an airline funded by the Turkish government. Although much of your undeniable success is due to hard work, the opportunities one takes throughout their lifetime say lots about character. The Ottoman Empire, on the evening of April 24th, 1915, started rounding up all Armenian intellectuals within their reach and began killing them. April 24th was the day the Armenian genocide commenced. 100 years later, Turkey as well as many other countries still deny the genocide that was a by-product of Turkish nationalism. Supporting…show more content…
The Armenian genocide was documented as genocide and is recognized by the UN, despite what those in denial say. The denier’s purpose is to distort any facts of the genocide. Throughout history, deniers have gone through lengths to gather support from academic institutions, governments and to influential people to deliver the “truth” and or censor any more talk of the genocide. Stanford University’s Turkish Student Association released a statement on the Armenian genocide. The association collectively said that “[presenting] the events as a genocide ignores the complex history that led to the suffering of millions of people, Armenians and Muslims alike, and would only be a disservice to humanity in preventing future atrocities like this”. Though many, including those among some of the brightest youth deny the genocide, there have been many reasons why the conversation will never end. First off, there is proof the genocide happened. Primary sources such as newspapers, eyewitnesses, survivor recollection and physical evidence of the genocide make it hard to deny the facts. For example, Lieutenant Said Ahmed Mukhtar al-Ba’aj, an Ottoman officer testified to what he’s seen and done. He stated that he was, on July 1915, “ordered to accompany a convoy of deported Armenians”. He also stated that of those 120 men deported, they were all killed. Said has mentioned seeing many dead bodies unburied and he also knew of Armenian…show more content…
Knowing history allows it to not repeat itself. Preventative measures have been taken to prevent genocide, but it is one's job to realize the harm it has done. The Armenian diaspora lives with knowing their cultures intellectuals were all killed at once 100 years ago. They live with the trans generational trauma, or are having a crisis, as they don’t know much about their culture whatsoever. It is important for someone like you, Kobe Bryant, to use your influence for the greater good. Genocide is a serious matter. With any future endeavours, I suggest looking into key historical and political aspects. Affiliations are important as they say who you are as a person. Without knowledge, you’re turning a blind eye to history, the world, and the good and bad within
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