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Executive order that incarcerated Japanese Americans is 75

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A shameful blot on America's history

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Another useless energy spent.

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Seems Trump has a similar illusion , history repeating itself.

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And yet despite this horrendous event, right wingers will still avoid empathizing while continuing to spout hateful garbage against the very people they reigned carnage on. Stupendous!!

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America has more than a shameful blot in terms of history. Many will disagree or attempt to argue that point but the truth cannot be denied.

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I agree @bones. As an outsider, it seems to me that America is built on a few key myths that citizens are conditioned to believe from childhood. The idea that America has been a much more tolerant and welcoming place or immigrants than any other country in the world is one of those foundation myths. Calling Japanese internment a blot or a stain seems to be an attempt to acknowledge reality but also keep the myth alive. It implies that the record is otherwise clean.

We also heard many horrified Americans talking about how 'un-American' the Trump travel ban was, but history actually shows us that there is probably nothing more quintessentially American than banning and mistreating immigrants based on race, religion and national origin. You need only go back to various points in history and ask the Japanese, Chinese, Irish, Italians, Germans, Dutch, Catholics, Jews, Slavs, blacks, native Americans, gypsies, the British, French, Spanish and many others. You'd really struggle to put together a longer and more diverse list of undesirables in any other country.

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yes, america has never treated immigrants very well at all, despite the fact that practically all americans are actually descended from immigrates themselves. the placing of japanese-americans in those camps during the 1940s is a shameful chapter in our history. most of the camps were in the western united states, but i grew up in arkansas where two of the camps were located. the camp at jerome was all but destroyed in the 1970s. the other camp, the one at rhower has had part of its history preserved. there's even a museum in nearby mcgehee devoted to preserving memories of the camp. southern arkansas might not have been as harsh as the camps in the western u.s., but the mosquitoes and humidity didn't make it an ideal place either.

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American Japanese were never terrorists. Immigrants from terrorist prone regions should be carefully vetted.

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They were treated better than Americans in Japan during the same time period now weren't they?

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They were treated better than Americans in Japan during the same time period now weren't they?

So? That makes it ok?

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Every country have dirty sheets

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Julius Caesar wrote: "They were treated better than Americans in Japan during the same time period now weren't they?" ........................................................................................................ By "Americans in Japan" do you mean combatants or non-combatants? Let's hope so if you are referring to how POWs were treated. But these were citizens and resident aliens who never were convicted of any crime. As far as American non-combatants in Japan during the war, I personally have read of only one case though there must have been a number ("Bridge To The Sun" by Gwen Harold Terasaki). Comparing the treatment of like groups would be interesting, but still cannot be used to justify mistreatment.

M3M3M3 wrote: " The idea that America has been a much more tolerant and welcoming place or immigrants than any other country in the world is one of those foundation myths." ............................................................................................................. I agree that there are myths, but the one mentioned here is not one of them - or at least an old one. As I recall my own childhood education in the USA as well as immigration stories passed down to me, no mention was made of immigrants feeling welcomed or not in the New World, but only stories of discrimination and the poverty left behind in the Old World. Immigrants are a tougher breed than many people think. I don't think they fret about not being "welcomed" but concentrate on how to get on with their lives.

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Sadly not too surprising that the left-wingers (under President Roosevelt) were okay with locking up American citizens but now protest against foreign terrorists being denied entry to the country. And what an outrage to the memory of the loyal Roosevelt victims to have their descendants side with the foreign terrorists!

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bjones - American Japanese were never terrorists. Immigrants from terrorist prone regions should be carefully vetted.

Are you aware of the 1941 Niihau Incident? The U.S. federal government would have been.

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Different time and place. You cannot equate what happened in 1942 America with how people think in 2017. As for President Trump, he's doing what many presidents have done before him. Protecting Americans first.

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Not only the Japanese Americans. Look at what's happening to Native American Indiansl today. They have been living in "permanent" internment.

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Look at what's happening to Native American Indiansl today. They have been living in "permanent" internment.

What?! Just to ridiculous to respond to.

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