Sunday, January 29, 2017

Let it Not Happen Again

Today we visited the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. The structure of the memorial was built to look like the waves - the waves of Japanese American citizen rounded up on March 30, 1942. Paper cranes danced in the brisk winds. Little tributes were placed under family names. Please note the ages of these so-called enemies of the state. This atrocity was committed during an act of war.

Today's ethnic group, the Muslims were being detained without cause or due process at the airports all across America this weekend. Who will it be tomorrow? Will it be you or me? Will it be our children or grandchildren? Can we not learn from past mistakes?

Let us never forget! 
Let us fight for democracy for all peoples. 

The travel tag every detainee had to wear. This group of Japanese detainees were sent from  Washington State to Death Valley and then later relocated to Minidoka Idaho. 

“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”

FDR’s First Inaugural Address

Unfortunately, we did not hear such wisdom last week. 

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