February 19, 2019 marks the 77th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced removal and unjust incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans in ten American concentration camps, and other confinement sites, during World War II, one of the worst violations of civil rights in our nation’s history, and most certainly, one of its darkest chapters.
Although the phrase, Never again, to anyone, anywhere!, seems to be “too little, too late,” especially given the fact that this terrible history is repeating itself right now, with immigrant children being separated from their families and incarcerated in what are, for all intents and purposes, concentration camps, with little to no hope of ever being reunited with their parents, the sentiment behind it remains on point. Indeed, we must intensify our efforts to stop these heinous actions by the Trump Administration and then, fight to prevent such actions from ever happening again. To that end, everyone must learn about Japanese American Incarceration, as the lessons that must be learned from it are still very much needed by our society, as a whole.
On this important anniversary, we urge you to share this on social media, and anywhere else you deem appropriate.
Gann Matsuda, who writes from Culver City, California, is the Manzanar Committee’s Director, Communications and Social Media/Web Editor.
The views expressed in this story are those of the author, and are not necessarily those of the Manzanar Committee.
LEAD PHOTO: The cemetery monument at Manzanar National Historic Site. Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee.
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