Turkish Parliament to Introduce Native American Genocide Bill October 17, 2007Posted by chuckwh in Armenian-American, Congress, genocide, genocide bill, News and politics, Turk-Armenian, Turkey, Turkish-Armenian, Turky.
Roanoke Shell Habib remembers reading the notes from his great great grandfather’s diary, which were scribbled on the back page of the Koran. The only known Turkish Armenian to have Native American ancestry, Habib recoils at the vivid descriptions his ancestor recounts in the diary, which details horrific scenes of mutilation and oppression at the hands of American soldiers bent on “taming the West”.
The diary also asks a simple question. “What exactly out here is there to tame? We are too poor to be wild, too defeated to rebel, too tired to even ask why. The question I ask of my fellows in humanity is this. What is it about us that makes us hang on the processing line of the slaughterhouse? If it is our land they want, could not they steal it from us without utterly removing our dignity?”
Still, Habib can smile today, as he is part owner of a casino in Nevada that is a testimony to the same greed that consumed his ancestors’ nation.
“It’s a small consolation, but it still puts a smile on my face, watching dogs eat themselves from the inside out.”
Today, the Turkish Parliament introduced a non-binding resolution condemning the Native American genocide.