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Today marks the anniversary of FDR signing executive order 9066, which authorized the “indefinite detention” of nearly 150,000 people on American soil.
The order authorized the Secretary of War and the U.S. Army to create military zones “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” The order left who might be excluded to the military’s discretion. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt inked his name to EO9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, it opened the door for the roundup of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens living along the west coast of the U.S. and their imprisonment in concentration camps. In addition, between 1,200 and 1,800 people of Japanese descent watched the war from behind barbed wire fences in Hawaii. Of those interned, 62 percent were U.S. citizens. The U.S. government also caged around 11,000 Americans of German ancestry and some 3,000 Italian-Americans.
I only learned about this when I moved to LA when I was 24. That’s too old to learn that about your own country. I’m glad kids in Southern California are taught about it (since it’s an unavoidable fact that affected kids’ grandparents here) but Boston public schools, shall we say, “whitewashed” this fact from my own education. Maybe they teach it now. Anyway #teens, don’t let your school hinder your education; hit the books at home too. xo
I’m sure someone mentioned it in passing during high school but yeah, I was an adult when I found out what the United States did to its own citizens in the name of
racism national security. What’s even more fucked up is it took the government four decades to officially apologize. Seriously. It was Ronald Reagan, in his final year in the White House, who signed it.
- 3 weeks ago
"We do not feel we lost,” said the official, visibly agitated. “So many people are fed up with the delusions and the hypocrisy of postwar Japan."
The above quote is actually referring to the recent Tokyo gubernatorial election (which the candidate did lose) but if you read it close enough, it almost sums up the way angry right-wingers think about World War II: they are still unconvinced Japan was in the wrong.
The candidate in question, Toshio Tamogami, managed to draw over six hundred thousand votes. In a snowstorm. He lost, and big, but that is still a lot of votes. Too many to dismiss as crazies, frankly.
As it turns out, Tamogami (in orange on the above graph) did really well with young people which is terrifying. I always hoped that Japan’s least admirable traits - racism and sexism - were closely tied to its influential elderly population who control all levels of the government. But if that many twenty- and thirty-somethings are willing to support a guy who thinks Japanese colonialism was just swell, I am a lot less optimistic about this country’s future.
The kicker for me was this quote from the Asahi Shimbun:
“The truth of history is unknown, but I can take pride if I see things the way Tamogami does,” said a 26-year-old man.
"The truth of history is unknown?!" Buddy, World War II was a long time ago but it wasn’t that long ago. There are plenty of people STILL ALIVE who can tell you all about what happened. How they were raped. How their family was murdered. Hell, one person can tell you about how they’re enshrined in Yasukuni as a spirit of the war dead even though they are not dead.
National pride does not justify historical revisionism. You can’t shrug your shoulders about well-documented global conflicts with living witnesses and say “well we can’t know what really happened, so I’ll believe what I want to feel better about myself.” Fuck your patriotism, fuck your pride.
World War II was awful and Japan did awful things to make that war happen. There are real discussions to be had about motivations and Western influence and those atomic bombs we dropped, but the bottom line is that the Japanese government and military were responsible for many atrocities. To pretend otherwise is an affront to the millions of dead and the billions who live with the war’s consequences.
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Jon Stewart compares the media’s treatment of Justin Bieber and Rob Ford to the treatment of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
people seriously got mad at the athlete who won a football thing? fucking hell, america, what are you becoming in my absence?
(via trinandtonic)Source: sandandglass
- 1 month ago
It’s cold out there today. Are you fighting off the cold with some Vitamin C? Today’s post talks about some curious propaganda posters and advertisements during the Second World War from the Florida Citrus Commission that featured the U.S. Navy.
I need some victory vitamin c
"How well every Jap knows the truth today…for he’s up against men with iron wills and nerves of steel…and bodies hard as nails"
What a bizarre mix of homo-eroticism and casual racismSource: navyhistory