Today in History

Eighty years ago today, President Franklin Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 that forced removal and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans in 10 American internment camps.

Not our finest hour.

If you grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, you already know retired news anchor Wendy Takuda, who has written a fine piece for the Seattle Times. It’s worth your time to read.

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4 Responses to Today in History

  1. Jimmy T says:

    A good read. No one deserved being locked up because the nation hated the Japanese. I don’t remember our citizens of German heritage being locked up because of Hitler and the Nazis. I lived in Japan for three years as a youngster, and my family adopted a boy and a girl of Japanese heritage. I still remember the prejudice they suffered at the hands of a small group of racist students, who probably brought it with them from home. There were a few times I would intervene, but racial prejudice is deeply embedded in this country. You can only do so much to challenge it where you find it, but challenge it you must…

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  2. laura says:

    I did grow up in the SF Bay Area and Wendy Tokuda was a constant reassuring presence on my TV (as was the Divine Belva Davis). Never in my wildest would I have ever believed that this country could backslide so quickly into embracing facism in defence of white male supremacy, but here we are. And in addition to fighting facism, we too must bear witness and tell the story of our times so that those who are memory holing american history and agitating for apartheid do not prevail.

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  3. Richard Portman says:

    I haven’t read the article yet. My mom was in her early twenties when this happened. She never talked about it, only once or twice. And when she did, she tried to explain that it was a mistake, but it was necessary. It is not my place to judge them. I don’t have to be that way.

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