Remember what happened





More images from the 43rd Manzanar Pilgrimage at the former Manzanar Internment Camp south of Independence, where thousands of Japanese-Americans were held captive during World War II.  The efforts of the Manzanar Committee started back in 1969.  They worked to raise the profile of what happened to the American citizens of Japanese descent, who finally received some reparations for their captivity and seizure of all their property.  This year’s Pilgrimage unfolded on a warm, sunny day with more than 1,000 people joining in, including the UCLA Kodo Taiko drummers and many who simply wanted to feel the place, spend time at the cemetery there and remember what happened.  (Photos by Jon Klusmire)


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2 Responses to Remember what happened

  1. the truth hurts May 3, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    And the saddest thing is – racism in America still remains.

  2. Reality Bites May 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Early in World War II, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, granting the U.S. military the power to ban tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry from areas deemed critical to domestic security. Promptly exercising the power so bestowed, the military then issued an order banning “all persons of Japanese ancestry, both alien and non-alien” from a designated coastal area stretching from Washington State to southern Arizona, and hastily set up internment camps to hold the Japanese Americans for the duration of the war. In defiance of the order, Fred Korematsu, an American-born citizen of Japanese descent, refused to leave his home in San Leandro, California. Duly convicted, he appealed, and in 1944 his case reached the Supreme Court.

    A 6-3 majority on the Court upheld Korematsu’s conviction. Writing for the majority, Justice Hugo Black held that although “all legal restrictions which curtail the civil rights of a single racial group are immediately suspect” and subject to tests of “the most rigid scrutiny,” not all such restrictions are inherently unconstitutional. “Pressing public necessity,” he wrote, “may sometimes justify the existence of such restrictions; racial antagonism

    THAT says it all.

    I sometimes wonder WHO got these peoples homes and land property?


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