“I would like President Obama to use the word ‘genocide’,” the reality TV star, who is married to the rapper Kanye West, wrote in an op-ed piece for Time magazine. “It’s very disappointing he hasn’t used it as president. We thought it was going to happen this year.
“I feel like we’re close – but we’re definitely moving in the right direction.”
Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks in 1915. Turkey, however, disputes the use of the word “genocide” to describe the killings and says the death toll has been inflated.
“The whole point of remembering the genocide is to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Kardashian wrote in the passionate piece. “A million-and-a-half people were brutally massacred, and a country can just pretend like it never happened? I don’t think that’s right.”
The reality star recently traveled to Armenia with several members of her family including husband Kanye West, daughter North and sister Khloe. The heavily documented trip has informed millions of the genocide and raised an unprecedented amount of awareness.
“So many people have come to me and said, “I had no idea there was a genocide,'” Kardashian wrote in Time. “There aren’t that many Armenians in this business. We have this spotlight to bring attention to it, so why would we just sit back?”
“My great-great-grandparents were so brave to move their whole family. I’ll honor them by passing their memory down to my daughter.”