It’s not asking a lot. Simply spend a moment considering all the people of all races and religions who have been systematically wiped out as a result of misguided prejudice or hatred and decide whether the victims of the Armenian Genocide deserve an equal amount of respect and compassion.
If you have the intelligence to believe that we should use negative events in our own history as a way to evolve, rather than be destined to repeat them, our mistakes, then it makes sense that every instance of genocide be recognized and not categorized as less significant than another.
Until we recognize that all genocide, past and present, is unacceptable, mankind will never rid itself of its most horrible tendency to hate and kill for no reason. These feelings of hate and irrational fear keep our entire planet stuck, making our evolution to a better existence that much slower.
The more we sit in righteous indignation and condemn others for not believing or living as we do, the more we sentence ourselves to live in a world where ignorance and closed-mindedness is the norm.
I could be wrong, but I do not get the feeling that the Armenian community as a whole is looking for some kind of moral vindication and humiliation of the Turkish people. It seems like the primary goal of having an official day of recognition is so that we may all feel compassion and empathy for those who suffered and died at the hands of others. In doing so, we might learn something. And let’s face it, if we aren’t going to learn something from a truly terrible moment in our history, then what hope do we really have of moving the human race forward?