Tuesday, February 19, 2019


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From the Manzanar Committee:
"February 19, 2019 marks the 77th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced removal and unjust incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans in ten American concentration camps, and other confinement sites, during World War II, one of the worst violations of civil rights in our nation’s history, and most certainly, one of its darkest chapters."

One final note. While former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Earl Warren is on record defending the internment of the Japanese in 1942 - as California's Attorney General Warren was the state's chief enforcement officer of the internment order - Warren would later change his mind. Specifically, according to former law clerk G. Edward White, Warren said that he, "

... deeply regretted the removal order and my own testimony advocating it, because it was not in keeping with our American concept of freedom and the rights of citizens ... Whenever I thought of the innocent little children who were torn from home, school friends, and congenial surroundings, I was consciencestricken.”
- Mark

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