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Incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII remembered at events across U.S.

  • February 20, 2022
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Events were held across the United States on Saturday to raise awareness of racial discrimination. On February 19, 1942, then-U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order that led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans. The order, signed about two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, stripped people of Japanese descent of their civil rights. About 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and others were sent as hostile aliens to internment camps around the U.S.

 

A panel discussion was held in the western state of Idaho, which housed one of the camps. A Japanese American panelist whose parents were sent to a camp said people turned their backs on incarceration during the war, and similar problems exist today. Another panelist, a former judge, said the rapid increase in hate crimes in recent years is serious, with some data suggesting that one out of every five Asians has been a victim. He said this shows that racial discrimination remains a problem in today’s society.

 

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