Armenian Americans respond to ridiculous letter published in Fresno Bee

By Taniel Koushakjian
(@Taniel_Shant)

AAANews Blog

On July 23,
2015, Kathryn Tuell, of Kingsburg, CA, penned a ridiculous letter to the editor
that was published in the Fresno Bee entitled Armenians should relax, enjoy being Americans. Her argument is that
Armenian Americans should “relax” when it comes to the premeditated murder of
1.5 million of our ancestors during World War I. To Tuell, Americans voicing their
First Amendment right in the face of genocide denial is simply “another whine.” Fortunately, two Americans of
Armenian descent responded to her misguided reasoning.

Alex
Tavlian
, of Fresno, CA sheds light on Tuell’s ignorance. “Genocide is
considered man’s greatest inhumanity to man, but ignorance is a man’s greatest
inhumanity to himself. Relaxing isn’t the American way, it is the coward’s,”
Tavlian writes. Tavlian does well to remind Ms. Tuell that human rights and
equal justice under the law are not just Armenian values but American ones as
well.

Clarice
Krikorian
, also of Fresno, CA further illustrates Ms. Tuell’s blind spotted
worldview. “Ms. Tuell also implies that only American history is relevant
because America is our “homeland.” Is world history no longer important? What
would global response be with denial of the Holocaust? After all, it wasn’t on
American soil, either,” Krikorian said.

Ms. Tuell
is, of course, entitled to her opinion. Nevertheless, it’s disappointing that
the Bee would jeopardize their editorial integrity by printing such nonsense
in the first place. Armenians have been in America for many generations and have
contributed greatly to American life and society in various fields and
industries. Armenian American community leaders in Fresno should hold a meeting
with the Bee’s editorial board. No American should be slandered for simply
exercising his/her rights.

About Armenian Assembly of America

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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