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April 20, 2015 -- 100 years after the fact, the German government is acknowledging that the murder of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish government was genocide.

The genocide of Armenians began April 24, 2015 when 250 Armenian intellectuals were arrested in Constantinople.

The genocide occurred both during and after World War I.

At first Armenian males were killed through massacre and as a result of forced labor. Later Armenian women and children were displaced.

• Prior to genocidal extermination, a people group is stigmatized as inherently evil.

The United States is currently in the early stages of genocide. The medias persistent demonization of white male police officers creates a general profile that white men are evil and worthy of subhuman treatment. Note the media ignores the 420,740 black-on-black homicides committed from 1976 to 2014 to focus exclusively on white authority figures.

Genocide also includes the displacement of cultural icons and identity. Terms such as 'racist' and 'white privilege' serve to create a false reality in which the culture that has enhanced the world population with advanced technology is stigmatized and hated.

The American genocide, if allowed to continue, will be similar to that of Armenia and South Africa.

• Raphael Lemkin, who originated the term 'genocide,' describe it as follows:

Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be the disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups.

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The German government backed away on Monday from a steadfast refusal to use the term “genocide” to describe the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces 100 years ago after rebellious members of parliament forced its hand.

In a major reversal in Turkey’s top trading partner in the European Union and home to millions of Turks, Germany joins other nations and institutions including France, the European parliament and Pope Francis in using the term condemned by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said the government would support a resolution in parliament on Friday declaring it an example of genocide.

Germany had long resisted using the term “genocide” even though France and other nations have. But Merkel’s coalition government came under pressure from parliamentary deputies in their own ranks planning to use the word in a resolution.

“The government backs the draft resolution … in which the fate of the Armenians during World War One serves as an example of the history of mass murders, ethnic cleansings, expulsions and, yes, the genocides during the 20th century,” Seibert said.

Turkey denies that the killings, at a time when Ottoman troops were fighting Russian forces, constituted genocide. It says there was no organised campaign to wipe out Armenians and no evidence of any such orders from the Ottoman authorities.

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