Skip to comments.Justice Antonin Scalia says World War II-style internment camps could happen again
Posted on 02/04/2014 2:11:03 PM PST by ColdOne
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Actually, I meant the mainland United States, the focus seemed to be only on the areas where the US could be hurt, inland.
My secretary graduated high school at Manzanar and her husband was at Tule Lake. neither family connected to anyone. Second generation Americans.
When the J-As were taken from Florin by Sacramento they were mostly farmers. They were given 24 hours to grab a suitcase.
At the Smithsonian they had an exhibit of the interment camps with a photo of the Florin reunion from the 30s. My secretary is in that photo. It was a panoramic crowd shot of them all standing out in the field. She had that photo on her desktop at work.
When they got reparations, her family got $20-30,000 each; her, her husband and her mother who was still alive. Their land was valued at $1.1 million at the time, but not theirs since the day they were sent away.
If you think they were interred for their connections or some other nefarious reason, you don’t know what the hell you’re taking about.
Years ago I asked a Japanese American (who talked like any Southern redneck because that’s how he was raised) what it was like for him & his family immediately following Pearl Harbor.
He replied, “Well.....let’s just say that on December 8th 1941, we all became Irish-Americans with yellow jaundice!”
So let me get this straight: George W implores guv Blanko to let him send in some NG 3 days before Katrina landfell, and she refuses over political dereliction of duty and 1300+ die.
But states are going to let Fed troops come in and camp their citizens, the ones most likely to be able to help restore order?
Rather than go that route, why don't you just give us an uneducated guess as to why the Japanese residing in our country were detained, unharmed by the way, following their attack on our Pearl Harbor?
I know, to you it's probably thinking outside the box but give it a try.......
Not while I’m still breathing...
Have always believed since an early age, that History has a way of repeating ... Wish I was surprised though. Would make everything so much easier to be stupid. I’ll just walk through after they kill me to no surprise. I will worry about everyone else more than me, especially the stupid.
Police didn’t shoot the family dog. Heads will roll! Obviously lack of training. / sarc
Well the list of who, probably starts right here.
Koramatsu is still good precedent.
Scalia’s a good one. Definitely on our side of things.
Of course FDR was a racist. American war propaganda was racist as well.
Dr. Suess explicitly supported putting the Japs in concentration camps in his cartoons:
http://www.tofugu.com/2013/02/20/dr-seuss/ (scroll about 1/3 down).
A review of the facts of Japanese behavior in places like Nanjing and Bataan makes the anti-Japanese sentiment understandable. It doesn’t excuse putting American citizens in concentration camps.
Takes more than this apparently.
To my knowledge, there was only one high-ranking politician who spoke out against internment of Japanese-Americans in concentration camps: Governor Ralph Lawrence Carr, who said:
“If you harm them, you must harm me. I was brought up in a small town where I knew the shame and dishonor of race hatred. I grew to despise it because it threatened the happiness of you and you and you.”
He lost his next election.
“human nature has not changed that much”
It hasn’t changed in thousands of years- at all.
Only our circumstances have changed, thanks to grace and our hard work.
Given the same circumstances whatever Man did in the past he will repeat.
D@mn straight it was racial, we were attacked by the most racist society on the planet.
No one ever buts into other peoples civil wars, right?
Both are currently a decidedly minority, but if Japan had managed to invade the West Coast, then what might have happened. The same will be true of the other group, as evidenced by history.
I had a Brother-In law that survived Bataan so tell me again how tough we made it on the detainees?
Tell you what, one good missile strike means you don’t have to use the other three in your arsenal. I think they have more than three too.
We have this debate here often enough these days. I don’t buy into the idea the U.S. government has a hard time winning that war.
There are many considerations. At the end of the day, I don’t think it pays off the way some folks think it would.