Back to top.
Zoom Today in history: February 19, 1942 - President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, leading to the incarceration of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II. 
The war-time measures applied to Japanese Americans in a sweeping way, uprooting entire communities particularly on the West Coast. Afterward, Japanese Americans fought a legal battle against the concentration camps all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The original Supreme Court decision which upheld the camps in the interests of ‘national security’ was later vacated (overturned on a technicality), but the Supreme Court never ruled that the camps were unconstitutional. After a decades-long battle, in 1988 the U.S. government was forced to formally apologize for the internment, admitting that government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.” The U.S. government eventually disbursed more than $1.6 billion in reparations to Japanese Americans who had been interned and their descendents. 
Today Japanese American organizations on the West Coast organize an annual Day of Remembrance to mark this date and to continue to raise consciousness so that such attacks on civil liberties never happen again to Japanese Americans or oppressed groups. See Fight Back News coverage of last year’s Day of Remembrance here.
(image: sign ordering Japanese Americans to concentration camps)
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

Today in history: February 19, 1942 - President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, leading to the incarceration of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II.

The war-time measures applied to Japanese Americans in a sweeping way, uprooting entire communities particularly on the West Coast. Afterward, Japanese Americans fought a legal battle against the concentration camps all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The original Supreme Court decision which upheld the camps in the interests of ‘national security’ was later vacated (overturned on a technicality), but the Supreme Court never ruled that the camps were unconstitutional. After a decades-long battle, in 1988 the U.S. government was forced to formally apologize for the internment, admitting that government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.” The U.S. government eventually disbursed more than $1.6 billion in reparations to Japanese Americans who had been interned and their descendents.

Today Japanese American organizations on the West Coast organize an annual Day of Remembrance to mark this date and to continue to raise consciousness so that such attacks on civil liberties never happen again to Japanese Americans or oppressed groups. See Fight Back News coverage of last year’s Day of Remembrance here.

(image: sign ordering Japanese Americans to concentration camps)

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

http://tmblr.co/ZEU8UyeXS07Q
  1. lokieatsflies reblogged this from mazarin221b
  2. ace-pervert reblogged this from fuckyeahmarxismleninism
  3. thedaysbefore reblogged this from fuckyeahmarxismleninism
  4. azicrow reblogged this from gabetheghost
  5. marcheven reblogged this from okputa
  6. hail-aphrodite reblogged this from 99hummingbirds
  7. 99hummingbirds reblogged this from okputa
  8. okputa reblogged this from atlasaire
  9. merthur00153 reblogged this from gabetheghost
  10. atlasaire reblogged this from thewinstonisin
  11. thewinstonisin reblogged this from gabetheghost
  12. gabetheghost reblogged this from fuckyeahmarxismleninism
  13. thisistcb reblogged this from fuckyeahmarxismleninism
  14. deathcars reblogged this from fuckyeahmarxismleninism
  15. onecountryforall reblogged this from fuckyeahmarxismleninism
  16. tryllvester reblogged this from thisiswhiteculture
  17. sayworditsbird reblogged this from kamikazeflow808
  18. kamikazeflow808 reblogged this from fuckyeahmarxismleninism
  19. chizobausoka reblogged this from queriesofaqueer
  20. latinaspitfire reblogged this from timehasflewn
  21. timehasflewn reblogged this from songstersmiscellany
  22. macolf reblogged this from anomaly1
  23. alder-knight reblogged this from grrlyman
  24. room-3b reblogged this from valeria2067
  25. marchoftigers reblogged this from reverseracism
  26. bluefox4 reblogged this from theakumabaka
  27. otafreaku reblogged this from theakumabaka
  28. argentarachnids reblogged this from reverseracism