Politicalmonkey2010

The Truth Shall Set You Free…It might piss you off first, but it will set you free.

The American Concentration Camps of 1942 or Live Long and Prosper

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on February 21, 2010

I am always amazed at when I hear something it hits me, I knew that, but some how it gets filed away, hidden in the spiderwebs until something triggers it.   The irony of it all, American soldiers unable to speak of the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, and yet in this very country  after Pearl Harbor with Executive Order 9066 we  branded Japanese Americans as the threat from within,  and sent literally hundreds of thousands to internment camps.  Of of those interred was a young Japanese American boy named George Takei (Sulu from the original Star Trek for all you fans).  Granted, we did not mass murder or torture people, but we did in fact commit a sin against their very soul.  Many of those people who were interred grew to hate America and Americans, some were so desperate they committed suicide.   It took the US government decades to apologize.  In 1988,  under Reagan, Congress passed and  signed legislation which apologized for the internment on behalf of the  US government.  The legislation stated that government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership”.

I encourage you all to take a few minutes and listen

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00673ww/Witness_Japanese_Internment/

I look at where we are now…and those words:  “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership” and I think Gitmo, Bush, Cheney, and I wonder how far off we were or could be if the John McCain’s and Sarah Palins in the political world were in charge.  Your name might be a little middle eastern sounding the US government has a hostel for you too!

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