There is a plague at Colorado’s State Capitol’s first floor in memory of former governor Ralph Carr. The plague calls him a humane person who did not adopt the American bigotry toward Japanese-Americans during WWII.

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During the War, Americans of Japanese origin were sent to concentration camps. Colorado’s governor was the only official who not only welcomed the internees to Colorado, but also made sure that they were treated with respect and honor. Governor Carr said in a speech to the people of his state:

If you harm them, you must harm me. I was brought up in a small town where I knew the shame and dishonor of race hatred. I grew to despise it because it threatened the happiness of you and you and you.

Back in those days the concept of “Human Rights” was unheard of. Governor Carr was a pioneer of human rights, a just person. His righteousness cost him reelection. His honorable actions killed his career. But Governor Carr is one of the most, if not the most, respected leader in Colorado’s history.

There will be a plague at U.S. State Department’s first floor in honor of former Ambassador John Evans in several years. The plague will call him a courageous person who did not adopt the American political injustice toward the Armenian people and their memory.

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John Evans refused from taking the order of his bosses to avoid using the term “genocide” while speaking about the Armenian holocaust. The Republic of Turkey gets very mad when a country uses that word: that is why America does not want to have a sick turkey. John Evans did not take that order. John Evans, America’s Ambassador to Armenia, has been recalled by President George W. Bush.

To see the plague in memory of John Evans at the U.S. State Department, visit the building several years from now. For now, that plague is in the heart of every living Armenian in this world.