Today is the day E.O. 9066 was signed

One of the most disheartening things people who didn’t mean to offend me have said (directly) to me has been post 9/11 when they express their belief that people of Middle Eastern descent, or those who are Muslim, should be “rounded up” and moved out to a deserted area or shipped back to where they came from.

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My reply to them is always the same: “It is that mentality that led to my family being imprisoned for almost 4 years during WWII. Theyย had done nothing wrong yet they were uprooted from the West Coast and moved to Heart Mountain, WY where they lived behind barbed wire in an uninsulated shack. It was as wrong, unjust, and unAmerican then as it would be to do it again nowย to a different group of people.”

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I have also had several people tell me it was for my family’s own good, for their protection from racism, that they were interned, their freedom stripped away from them. My reply to them is always that it that were so it wouldย have been a voluntary choice to be moved into the sanctuary of the internment camps if people felt unsafe.

So if you bring up this subject to me please don’t be surprised when I defend any group from being racially or religiously profiled or stereotyped. Not enough people stood up for my family when they were taken away. I will not be one of the quiet ones if it happens again.

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4 thoughts on “Today is the day E.O. 9066 was signed”

  1. EO 9066 – There are many ignorant people today as 60 yrs ago. US govt also round up many Japanese decent from South Am countries and relocated to internment camps in US, and they LOST everything!

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  2. Such a shame Stacie, I am with you, my Mother lost 95% of her family to Hitler… Anne Frank said โ€œIn spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply canโ€™t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.โ€ She dies along with members of my family. Pray For Peace.
    Diana

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I am sorry for your losses Diana โค I do have her hope that eventually peace will prevail. Like you I pray for peace. If it doesn't turn out that way I can only believe we didn't deserve the future that could have been ours (mankind's). We all have a stake in this and we all have power to make the changes that need to be made from our own personal interactions to taking the time to research and vote wisely for the kind of leaders who will create the country and world we want to live in.

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