Remembering Executive Order 9066

Monday, February 20, 2017

Some links to some good articles - albeit unfortunate that they have to exist just like Allegiance which I saw on Sunday - but nonetheless - we have to remember.

OC Register

Warnings were not given and explanations were not offered. But when that first wave of arrests came, word spread quickly. Everybody knew. So two months later, on Feb. 19, 1942, the Japanese American community in Southern California – the nation’s largest at about 35,000 – was less shocked than it was horrified by what occurred: Executive Order 9066.
SGV Tribune
In the weeks after 9066 was signed, families throughout Southern California -- home to the biggest Japanese American population in the country -- sold their belongings, packed what they could carry and reported to ominously named “assembly centers,” where they stayed until the internment camps were ready for occupation.
LA Times
He’s 94 years old and still clearly remembers. Tokuji Yoshihashi remembers Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and wondering what would happen to Americans like him who looked like the enemy. He soon found out.
Attendance at this weekend's Bay Area Day of Remembrance was at an all-time high. “We have Trump to thank for that,” says Peter Yamamoto, volunteer at the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS). “Now people want to know the history.” Speakers at the event drew parallels between Executive Order 9066 and President Trump’s immigration policies, noting that both used fear and the disguise of “military necessity” to target American citizens based on their race or religion.