South African-Armenian Solidarity


I used to teach an anti-substance abuse program at an inner city school in New York back in 1990. One time, the program supervisor asked the teachers to share an example of their pain on the blackboard, as a way of motivating students to share their pain in return. I chose to write about the Armenian Genocide. Little did I know, one of my students was a relative of Congressman Stephen J. Solarz, who later became a major lobbyist for the Turkish Government in the United States. I guess that student told Solarz about what I had written, and the next day, I was called into my supervisor’s office and told that the Congressman had complained and I was not allowed to mentioned the Armenian Genocide in class again.

Joyce Miller (Image courtesy of author)

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