Alex Hinton:

You’re pointing to something that’s absolutely key, that in the U.S., there’s also this demand that we recognize the truth and we think about the disempowerment of certain groups we consider structural racism, but we consider the atrocities of the past and what led us to the current moment. And in Turkey, and sort of the point is, if we think about this reckoning with the past, it’s never taken place for Turkey, WWI, with the formation of the modern Turkish state, you know, that moment which is intertwined with genocide, is the beginning of the nation.

And so from the very beginning, the narrative in Turkey has been that Armenians rebelled and they sort of legitimate what took place with that canard. In addition, they minimize the numbers or a number of moves they had made. But again, if you sort of think about it, it’s paradoxical, because perhaps if the Turkish government recognized the genocide, people wouldn’t be talking about it. It wouldn’t be as big of an issue. And so in some sense, they add fuel to the fire.