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    Default Day of Remembrance

    When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, eighty-one years ago today, it ushered in one of the most shameful periods in American history. The wrongful incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent tore families apart. Men, women, and children were forced to abandon their homes, their jobs, their communities, their businesses, and their way of life. They were sent to inhumane concentration camps simply because of their heritage. And in a tragic miscarriage of justice, the Supreme Court upheld these immoral and unconstitutional policies.

    Despite losing liberty, security, and the fundamental freedoms that rightfully belonged to them, 33,000 Japanese Americans volunteered or were drafted for service in the U.S. military during World War II. While their own families were behind barbed wires, Japanese Americans fought in defense of the nation’s freedom with valor and courage.

    The incarceration of Japanese Americans reminds us what happens when racism, fear, and xenophobia go unchecked. As we battle for the soul of our nation, we continue to combat the corrosive effects of hate on our democracy and the intergenerational trauma resulting from it. We reaffirm the Federal Government’s formal apology to Japanese Americans for the suffering inflicted by these policies. And we commit to Nidoto Nai Yoni – to “Let It Not Happen Again.”

    I forgot to post this yesterday but its a shame this is so often ignored by the media. FDR was a xenophobic racist who literally put people in camps based on their ethnic background. He's the more modern version of Andrew Jackson and should be remembered for his fascist leanings.

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    Xenophobic racist? Are you trying to say you feel a sense of kinship with him you bootlicker?
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    I don't know that Roosevelt was pushing it. He certainly didn't see a reason to oppose it though. There was broad bipartisan support for it and it came strongest from the West Coast (one very strong proponent being Republican Attorney-General and then Governor in California Earl Warren, later Chief Justice Warren) but I believe the origin of it was from military leadership. Which demonstrates why the military must be subordinate to civilian political control and why said civilian authority should not just blindly defer to "military opinion on military matters" as Roosevelt (and Supreme Court justices like Black and Douglas) did.
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