A commenter notes that Armenians resemble Jews phenotyically. In fact, he is correct. And they often act like Jews too. Armenians have a reputation for being aggressive traders, shopowners and businessmen and often formed a business elite in the Ottoman Empire in a role similar to that played by Jews. A friend of mine in New York grew up near Armenians and said they called Armenians “Jews without money.”
I ran into several Armenians at a shopping mall last week, and they looked identical to Jews! Curly hair, nose, swarthy complexion, you name it.
I don’t mind these people – we have many of them around here – but they can be difficult. They can be aggressive, obnoxious, loud, rude, in your face, rather unpleasant, sort of like the stereotype of belligerent and pushy Jew. They can also be paranoid. Sometimes you ask them if they are Armenian, and they look at you like they’re afraid you’re going to kill them. Armenians, like Jews, often think you secretly hate them and maybe want to kill them.
So, just like Jews, paranoid and hostile.
These genocides don’t do these ethnic groups any favors. Besides the obvious tragedy of the mass deaths, the group is still totally fucked up by paranoia and reactive associated hostility even a century later. It’s bad enough the murderers killed those people, but even their descendants are still fucked in the head by what happened a century ago.
It’s so sad…