Archiving Angeles (AA): Japanese American Internment

A nation lived in fear. There was no trust between neighbors. One group was singled out. Targeted for isolation. At-risk communities identified and movements tracked. Trains took them away. Far from the reaches of Los Angeles. Places called Manzanar and Tule Lake. We later promised to never do it again. After all, they were Americans, too.

The year was 1942.

65 years before Los Angeles began tracking Muslims.

Photo from the National Archives Registry

5 Replies to “Archiving Angeles (AA): Japanese American Internment”

  1. One group was singled out.

    Many people fail to note that German and Italian Americans were interned as well.

    I actually visited Manzanar just this past weekend.

    Strange how the LAPD is now being allowed to track Muslims but they can’t inquire about an arrestee’s immigration status.

  2. Okay, the year is 1942. You’re a police officer. It’s night. There’s a dark, mostly-empty street. But you see three people walking down the street. Two look European of some sort. One obviously looks Asian. You only got one pair of handcuffs on you. WHICH PERSON WOULD YOU MOST LIKELY NAB?

    COME ON, BE HONEST NOW!

  3. Why do people always have to do this silly one-upmanship with oppression?

    Japanese-Americans were interned and the way you add to the conversation is “me too, me too.”

    Some what silently implying that Japanese-Americans get too much press in regards to that.

    What is that?

    People like the Ugly American never get mad EXCEPT when someone acknowledges another ethnic group. Doesn’t bring up the internment of Italians when WW2 is brought up in general terms. Doesn’t bring it up when people talk about the USO. Doesn’t bring it up in the context of anything, but to put down another person of color, particularly when someone dares to remember one of those “entitled” more “obvious” minorities…

    Why don’t people like you get mad at the people who did the interning?

    I know it’s easier to get mad at ethnic people for taking all the oppressed glory.

    Yeah and as Militant says, be honest who do you think had a harder time during WW2 Japanese-Americans or Italian and German-Americans?

    If your Italian or German all you have to do is change your freakin’ name and move, yeah that sucks, but you know if your Asian it’s a little harder to blend in and you don’t have those kind of options.

    Browne

  4. Why don’t people like you get mad at the people who did the interning?

    By “the people”, you mean FDR, right? Because “the people” weren’t the ones who signed Executive Order 9066 into law.

    I was simply pointing out that Jason’s “One group was singled out.” comment was disingenuous in that other minorities were interned as well.

    It would be like someone saying, “only Jews were sent to concentration camps” when history shows that many other minority groups were also sent to their deaths.

    People like the Ugly American never get mad EXCEPT when someone acknowledges another ethnic group.

    You don’t know the first gawdamn thing about me, so let’s just dispense with the knee-jerk pychoanalysis, m-kay?

    Unlike you, some of us don’t measure our lives by how long we’ve suckled at the politically correct teat.

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