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Kim Kardashian Calls for Recognition of Armenian Genocide

Although she's usually more associated with fashion and parties, Kim Kardashian is turning her attention toward family and politics today.
/ Source: E!online

Although she's usually more associated with fashion and parties, Kim Kardashian is turning her attention toward family and politics today.

Before taking a moment to wish mom Kris Jenner and stepdad Bruce Jenner a happy 20th anniversary, the E! star blogged Thursday--in advance of Genocide Remembrance Day this Sunday--about the importance of officially acknowledging the Armenian Genocide in the early 1900s.

Serious stuff, right?

"My family and I are incredibly proud of our heritage," Kim wrote on Celebuzz. "My dad taught me a lot about Armenian culture, and I have a strong connection with my roots. Every year, I honor the memory of the martyrs who were killed during the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Even though so many countries around the world recognize the Genocide, the government of Turkey still denies it."

While it doesn't deny it, the U.S. government has not formally recognized it, either, and about 200 protesters gathered today at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif., where President Obama was scheduled to speak at two fundraisers.

An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks starting in 1915.

Last week, Kim got stuck between a rock and a hard place when Cosmopolitan chose to put her on the April cover of its Turkish edition. She ultimately said she was honored to be a Cosmo cover girl and that she was glad she was able to shine a spotlight on Armenian history and the importance of honoring the victims.

"Some people might wonder why I'm talking about history on my blog," Kim continued. "And that's what I'm trying to's not history. Until this crime is resolved truthfully and fairly, the Armenian people will live with the pain of what happened to their families and the fear of what might happen again to their homeland. So out of respect for all those innocent people that died, I'm putting a spotlight on it today..."

Writing that thousands of people were expected to protest in L.A. today, Kim also noted how Genocide Remembrance Day falls on Easter this year.

"Armenians are the first Christian Nation in the world," she wrote, "and almost everyone will be in church to celebrate Easter. Even on this really happy day, we're going to be remembering the Genocide. There's going to be a National Day of Prayer in churches across America to celebrate Easter and commemorate the Genocide.

"My thoughts and prayers are with all my fellow Armenians on this really important day. I stand proud with you always."

Speaking of standing proudly together, Khlo Kardashian Odom posted a darling family photo taken on Bruce and Kris' wedding day 20 years ago. Who could have guessed what the future would hold?

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