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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/21/2021 10:02 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/21/2021 10:27 AM
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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Day of Remembrance of Japanese American Internment

Washington, DC...Seventy-nine years ago, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which stripped Japanese Americans of their civil rights and led to the wrongful internment of some 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent. In one of the most shameful periods in American history, Japanese Americans were targeted and imprisoned simply because of their heritage. Families were forced to abandon their homes, communities, and businesses to live for years in inhumane concentration camps throughout the United States. These actions by the Federal government were immoral and unconstitutional — yet they were upheld by the Supreme Court in one of the gravest miscarriages of justice in the Court’s history.


A Japanese American unfurled this banner in Oakland, California the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. This Dorothea Lange photograph was taken in March 1942, just prior to the man's internment.




America failed to live up to our founding ideals of liberty and justice for all, and today we reaffirm the Federal government’s formal apology to Japanese Americans for the suffering inflicted by these policies. The internment of Japanese Americans also serves as a stark reminder of the tragic human consequences of systemic racism, xenophobia, and nativism. I reflect on the bravery of so many Japanese Americans who stood up against this hateful policy, including civil rights leaders like Fred Korematsu who fought against Japanese internment and were a symbol of hope. Their legacies remind us all that civil liberties must be vigorously defended and protected.

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Reparations
Posted on: 2021-02-21 10:12:35   By: Anonymous
 
Reparations to Japanese Americans makes total sense.
They lost homes and businesses.
They were put into internment camps
For several years.
The talk about reparations to Black Americans makes no sense.
The injustices of slavery cannot be repaid to the generations of Blacks that were related to former slaves.
Yes, the slaves were brought involuntarily. To repay relatives for this injustice makes little sense.
The social injustices that occurred after the Civil War have been many. For our gov't to repay anyone for injustice sets a terrible precedent.

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    Re: Reparations
    Posted on: 2021-02-21 10:57:19   By: Anonymous
     
    ^Insert local hillbilly asian slur here.

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      Re: Reparations
      Posted on: 2021-02-21 11:33:29   By: Anonymous
       
      Bombs Away Nuclear Mushrooms Anyone

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        Re: Reparations
        Posted on: 2021-02-21 12:44:31   By: Anonymous
         
        Imperialist Japan earned the cloud. Japanese Americans did not

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          Re: Reparations
          Posted on: 2021-02-21 14:04:37   By: Anonymous
           
          Nobody earned the cloud.
          It was a demonstration to Russia not to be a land grabbing European Imperialist.
          That didn't go very well because they knew they have the same nuclear capability.

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            Re: Reparations
            Posted on: 2021-02-21 14:46:18   By: Anonymous
             
            Tell that to the guys who died on Iwa Jima and also to the Japanese who committed suicide on Saipan because they were brainwashed by their government.

            We would have lost more soldiers and more civilians would died than in most of the war if we would have had to take Japan house by house and street by street.

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              Re: Reparations
              Posted on: 2021-02-21 20:12:51   By: Anonymous
               
              Wi Too Lo

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-21 11:35:54   By: Anonymous
 
What branch did you serve in joe ?...

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2021-02-21 11:57:05   By: Anonymous
     
    I was a wussie

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    Re: and Trump?
    Posted on: 2021-02-21 11:58:03   By: Anonymous
     
    He was in the pu$$y grabber division of the home guard.

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      Re: and Trump?
      Posted on: 2021-02-21 12:04:29   By: Anonymous
       
      Joe wants to smell your hair.

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        Re: and Trump?
        Posted on: 2021-02-21 12:18:22   By: Anonymous
         
        My mom Imogene S Whipple (Alameda HS grad 1939) knew a lot of Japanese kids while she went to high school. After that she kept tabs with some she knew and then all of a sudden overnight those kids were all gone (after Pearl Harbor Dec.7,1941). I was born several years later. thank you for mentioning this, SRS

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          Re: and Trump?
          Posted on: 2021-02-21 19:46:10   By: Anonymous
           
          The Homes and farms and ranches owned by the Japanese, businesses they built, we’re sold to white wealthy people, with no payment from the sale. Stolen .

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            Re: and Trump?
            Posted on: 2021-02-21 20:13:44   By: Anonymous
             
            Typical white behavior. Nothing has changed.

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              Re: /\ Typical white behavior....
              Posted on: 2021-02-22 13:27:49   By: Anonymous
               
              What do you mean by typical white behavior? Do you mean all white? Give me some names please. I'm curious!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-02-21 19:57:11   By: Anonymous
 
You need to understand what reparations means. We’re not going to send them a check. Investing in black businesses and funding school programs and giving a subsidy for starting a business makes sense.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2021-02-21 20:14:31   By: Anonymous
     
    ^Buy more Top Ramen count?

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