The Turkish DNA Project is launching a Twitter campaign calling for a boycott of Ancestry.com, the world’s largest commercial genealogy company, after the site’s results showed how non-Turkish communities in Anatolia (Western Armenia) assimilated with current Turks. “AncestryDNA focuses on demonizing the Turkish people, delegitimizing their presence in Turkey, rather than providing information about the genetic composition of the population in question,” the appeal’s authors write.
In particular, they are indignant that the site says the facts of discrimination of Armenians, Pontic Greeks and Bulgarians during the Ottoman Empire, including on the religious and ethnic grounds in the 19th and 20th centuries.
In particular, the genocide against Armenians.
Turkey categorically opposes and criminalizes any recognition of certain historical events such as the genocide against the Armenians.
Turkish authorities lobby against other countries, including the U.S., which has officially recognized the Genocide against Armenians.
On April 24, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden officially recognized the Armenian Genocide.
Turkish journalist Uzay Bulut tweeted that resistance to accepting brutal and bigoted episodes in Turkish history has only caused more suffering to non-Turkish minorities over time. “Why are Turkish nationalists so afraid of the truth?” “Because if they confront it, the lies they invented will be completely destroyed,” he wrote, responding to reports from the Turkish DNA Project.