A shared story by R-Mean.
"Hip Hop is the voice of the struggle, the voice of the people. So it’s only right I tell the story of my people.
I wrote “Open Wounds” to tell the story of my ancestors, to educate the world about an untold unjust crime against humanity. My story became more than just a song... it became a movement. A movement that allowed the youth to be proud to speak the truth. Here's my story...
Growing up in The Netherlands in a city where my mother, my brother and I were the only Armenians, I always felt like a “foreigner" as they called us. There were a few thousand Armenians in the entire country, but most of them lived in different cities. We would get together at community centers a couple hours away for holidays and in order to learn how to read and write Armenian, my mom would drive us over an hour every Saturday for a class where there was about 8 of us in Aunt Vanush's living room
I remember wondering why we were so far and few? Why we were all displaced? Why did no one know what an Armenian was? Then I learned about the story of our ancestors. I couldn't understand how such a major atrocity was overlooked and unrecognized
The result of a crime against humanity, committed on my people in an attempt to eradicate Armenians from the face of the earth. A million and a half of us were brutally massacred at a time where there were only 2 million living in the Ottoman Turkish Empire. That’s 75% ! Those who survived fled to surrounding countries and for generations now we all grew up in different countries, assimilating to the different cultures.
When I started writing music I knew I had an opportunity to tell the untold story of my people. A cause that’s always been close to my heart, a cause that needed to be shared with everyone around the world
I pride myself in using my platform and my voice to represent for my people. I urge you to do the same. No matter where you’re from, we want to hear your story and your connection to the cause.”
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