Dear musicians, artists, and writers;
We are now a nation of followers who preaches of leading. When a project is to be done, five men will supervise while one man does the labor. We are now a nation who 'turnt up' and 'turnt down' for what? We weren't always like this.
I spent my 11th or 12th birthday in Mosul with an Armenian organization called Homenetmen. The year was before the 2003 Iraq/US war, so July of either 2001 or 2002. We stayed in a church, a "der," for a week, and we became friends with the town's children (both Christians and Muslims). The church was built in the year 640, and it felt great seeing such a historic place in person. Mosul, like Baghdad, had a great number of Christian groups living there for generations. We ate, drank tea, sang patriotic songs, and being 11, played games.
Today, there's a major campaign against the Armenians of Iraq because of their Christianity. Christians are being forced to go by the Islamic law of "Convert to Islam, pay taxes, or meet the sword." That literally translates to give up, pay us, or die. Mosul is already under that law, and many churches are already destroyed. Homes and businesses owned by Christians are spray painted with the letter "N" in Arabic, for "Nazarenes," for their army of terrorists to know. They're publicly planning to head to Baghdad.
Three years ago, I started a major #armeniangenocide hashtag campaign on Twitter, it did alright the first year - as it trended in Los Angeles. We got the US the second year. The world got a new trend the third year. Do you know what your contribution for this campaign was? Do you know what you used the world trending genocide hashtag for? Promoting a for-profit shirt in the name of "x% goes to charity," missing the sentence "and the rest is profit." after it.
It is unfortunate that the only way you'd serve our cause is by branding it. If a rapper didn't mention it, it didn't happen. If a gossip website didn't publish it, it's not important.
If in 1915 we were the ones fighting back, the 1,500,000 Armenians killed might have been 2,000,000. We had honest reporters, photographers, and men. We had men who fought for so long to make sure that the villagers left safe by the time the enemy took over our territories. If we were put in these soldiers' shoes, with today's mentality, we would have caused a bigger genocide.
Genocide is going on now in Iraq by the same group of people to the same group of people. They're still burning and beheading people with swords. Not 1915, but right now, as you read this. What are you doing for your own race that you blamed others of not doing for you back in 1915?