Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Day That Will Live in Infamy

Today is Tuesday, 19 February 2013.

On this date in 1942, FDR signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the US military to declare certain sections of the country as military exclusion zones, from which any person, citizen or not, could be forcibly removed. 

This Order was the basis for the infamous deportation of tens of thousands of native-born Americans of Japanese and Korean ancestry from the West Coast, and their incarceration in prison camps, for no reason other than racist prejudice.  (Only a few thousands of Americans of German and Italian descent were incarcerated.)

The Order was not revoked until 1976.

Reparation payments were not authorized and made until 1990 to 1998.

A never-ending wrong.


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