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McKenzie Nelson, Features Editor

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For over 10 years, the Kardashians have been a part of the spotlight. Oftentimes, the words and attitudes associated with the Kardashians are negative.
Growing up, I naturally hated the Kardashians because the media focused on their drama and all the negative parts of their life. Even though I claimed to despise them, I would still watch an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians if I had the chance.
Through their show, I learned more about the good that they do. In one episode, Khloe and Kim notice the massive amount of people who, at best, lived in tents in the same town as them. Deciding to use their money and influence to promote positive change in their community, they worked with organizations to assess the needs and problems that cause the cycle of poverty to continue and spoke, off camera, with people who were impoverished.
Because the Kardashians shared this problem on “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” there was an abundance of donations to the homeless shelter they visited. One person even donated $1 million after watching the show.
With all the organizations they are involved in, they have and continue to bring to light issues that are important to them. The Armenian Genocide is especially close to the Kardashians’ hearts because their father is Armenian.
After giving birth to North, Kim went on a trip throughout Eurasia. For the first part of the trip, Kim’s family and Khloe visited Armenia. In the interviews, that were a part of the show, both girls spoke about the importance of recognizing the Armenian genocide and using their voices to bring justice to the crimes committed by Turkey.
The Armenian genocide is an event that many people don’t know or understand in America. It is an event that has been erased from our history books for no reason more than to keep Turkey as our ally in an unstable region. The question remains: How can the killing of hundreds of thousands of people be hidden?
The answer is simple: strategic control.
Turkey attained this control through regulating photography and what news the media could have.
Because of the secrecy and discrepancy that surrounds the Armenian Genocide, it is difficult to know an exact amount of people who died. Different organizations have estimated anywhere from 664 thousand to 1.5 million. The reason behind the large gap is what is taken into account when taking the death toll.
As April 24 approaches, it marks 103 years since the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. 103 years that Turkey has continually denied their slaughter of the Armenian people.
The Kardashian family continues to be voices for the Armenian Genocide. Kim even wrote a letter, that has since been circulated through all major news outlets. In the letter, she explained the importance in recognizing the genocide and expressed that the crimes that were committed are not the fault of the current citizens of Turkey.
“I think if they recognize it and acknowledge it, everyone can move on. I believe in moving on and looking toward a brighter future, but you can’t move on unless you acknowledge the past,” Kim said.
Even though the going is slow, countries are starting to officially recognize the genocide and with such strong voices as the Kardashians, more will follow in the future.

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