Executive Order 9066

75 years ago today, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which resulted in the forced internment of over 110,000 Japanese American men, women, and children, 62% of whom were United States citizens. No Japanese American citizen or Japanese national living in the US was ever found guilty of sabotage or spying.

Pay attention, or past is prologue.

“I could see the barb wire fence and the sentry towers right outside my schoolhouse window as I recited the words ‘with liberty and justice for all,’ an innocent child unaware of the irony,”
— George Takei
 Japanese American in Tule Lake internment camp, 1944

Japanese American in Tule Lake internment camp, 1944

Stephen Watkins

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