I understand that these things have happened in the past and in other countrys,
but we can not justify our actions by saying another country did it as well.
This is America, and we as a country should be working together to make the US a
better place. We can not say that the internment camps were the best thing
possible. We were driven by our fear and thus we beleive that we must be correct
in order to feel better about doing this.
@ LOL. My sentiments exactly!
It is a convenient thing to evaluate the correctness of the past with the
enlightenment and knowledge of the present. I would to remind
everyone that one reason we have the enlightenment and knowledge of the present
is because we did what we thought was necessary to survive in the past.It is not productive to look back over several generations of time and fret
over what should have been done by those who are no longer here. Move forward.
Do the best you know how while letting your conscience be your guide.I'm sure the things we do now will be evaluated by our great grandchildren and
some of them will find fault, spending their limited time on earth worrying
about others instead of focusing on the integrity their own actions.
When was the last time a Buddist blew himself up in order to receive glory and
honor in heaven? Have any Jewish leaders called upon their followers to kill
selected civilians on sight? Have any Hindus decapitated American
journalists?As long as there are Muslims within our borders
threatening to destroy our country, we would be foolish not to be wary of those
that declare themselves to be followers of Islam.
The point of this story is that we are a great country where we can look back on
our mistakes and correct them. We are better than than most other countries and
we should protect the Constitutional rights of everyone regardless of what feels
good at the moment or what "scares" us today. We are a better country
than what a few politicians pandering to public fears are trying to turn us
into. Utah is a great state that has created opportunities for all kinds of
pioneers no matter if you arrived here in 1847 or 1947. Let's keep it that way
and protect our civil rights regardless of color or creed.
@the truth:Thank you for hitting the nail on the head and educating
LOL - I sent 2 comments earlier in an attempt to do what you have done, but DN
ignored my comment.
The American government did an injustice to native Japanese but also did an
injustice to its own American citizens living on Guam. When WW2 was over,
Congress passed a law that prevented the citizens of Guam from suing the nation
of Japan. So now a compensation bill for the citizens of Guam who lived through
the occupation is stuck in Congress with no resolution in sight. Just like the
greatest generation, who are dying at over a thousand a week, the survioring
citizens of Guam are dying. I guess Congress will wait until there are so few
remaining, that the compensation payment won't be too large.
RE: LOLIT was your beloved progressive democrats that created
internment camps and intern japanese during world war 2, and dropped the nuclear
bomb, it was also your beloved progressive democrats who interned
germans during WW1, it was also your beloved liberal demcrats, the
created reservations for indians, and created the policy of manifest destiny to
take thier lands,it was also your beloved democrats that supported
slavery, it was your beloved unions that were orginally created
to protect jobs FROM blacks and the new immigrants, all the early
industrialist were demcrats,it was your beloved progressives that
wrote books on propaganda and eugenics that hitler used, it was your
beloved progressive racist demcrats that created planned parenthood, in an
attempt to lower black and other undesirable populations so blame
the rich, the neoconsertive, talk shows host all you want, you can
continue to rant and rave, spew your hate and falsehoods, but ALL
the bad things were perpetrated by your beloved liberal progressive democrats.
I grew up in Southern California and post 7 December fellings were running very
high and someone unfortunately could have been hurt. Chinese people walked
around with a Nationalist Chinese flag lapel pin to designate they were okey.
It happened but the papers should be able to find something else to write about.
For that matter I am cancelling my subscription because the Deseret News has
gone to pot.
It is impossible for anybody from the bizarre neoconservative movement to admit
fault in their twisted thinking process.To them it would be the biggest
blow to their ego.Liberals on the other hand would like to see America
formally apologize for the internment and for the wanton destruction of Japanese
civilians in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.This was America's darkest moment and
even Republican and General of the armed forces, Dwight David Eisenhower knew
how appalling the act was.
The attitude in many of the comments seems to be something like: Well bad things
happen everywhere so mentioning what happened to the Japanese-Americans during
WWII is a waste of space in the Deseret News website.... Well my friends
sometimes we just have to become aware about things that happened...so that we
do not repeat them again.
As the radical right-wing continues with its uber-nationalism, war-mongering,
sexism, racism, and now clamoring to put laws put into place to pick up and
dispose of undesirables, we inch closer and closer to unbridled fascism.And the easily duped, by talk-radio pundits (just like Goebbels did) go
merrily on their way promoting all of it.
I'm confused... Did somebody suggest we SHOULD repeat it???So why
the need for this article?
It should not have been done. The same idiocy happened here in Canada. I
targeted the wrong people.Be that as it may, the only Canadian
executed for war crimes in Japan, was a Japanese Canadian who went to Japan and
was employed as a prison camp guard. He beat many of his fellow Canadians to
Internment camps were not about racism. Many German-Americans were also interned
in camps, most in Texas and New Mexico rather than Utah and other western
states.After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the country was concerned
about loyalty. Everyone -- from the President, Congress and the U.S. Supreme
Court on down -- was concerned about the issue of loyalty. I don't think we can
blame them or the country for their reaction. It was normal in those days.Personally, I blame the Government of Japan. It attacked a country it
knew had many of its own -- and their children -- living within its borders,
without thinking twice about them or their well-being.
The remains of Utah's Topaz War Relocation Center are still there to be visited
amid the sagebrush and sand near Delta, Utah. There is a very enlightening set
of monuments (authored by Mr. Nagata and others) in the parking lot, and you can
still walk around and see foundations and bits and pieces of the buildings and
their contents (which you have to leave in place, of course).You can
see it on, say, Google Earth at 39°24′40″N
@LOL:We should all be like you.
America has been taken over by that nasty, racist, rich-worshipping group that
calls it self "conservative."The only thing I see that is being
conserved is a stark resemblance to the 3rd Reich.
Racism still exists in the US and this could happen again. This can happen to
US citizens purely because of race. You see it with people who are anti
immigrant, even legal ones all the time.
Where is the AL Sharpton of the Japanese?That's just it...you won't
find one! I have a profound respect and love for my Japanese fellow
Americans....their contribution to American Society is Priceless!
Wayne Rout: they are talking about AMERICAN citizens!!! whatever the Japanese
did to their Asian neighbors during the war has nothing to do with them.Pat1: accepting its existence does not mean we have to be complacent about it.
Racism is something that abounds in every country. At least we admit it is here.
And, true, every generation has to deal with it.
"biggest blemish on the U.S. Constitution this country has ever
seen"Hardly. Has this guy ever had a history class? I am
tired of these Japenese concentration camp articles that pop up every now and
then. Has he heard of the Native Americans? the black slaves? The order to
exterminate Mormons? The civil war?Yeah, it was a difficult
experience for him and his family and they lost a few years of their lives. So
did my grandpa when he was captured by the Germans. Millions of Americans'
lives were shattered when their brothers, fathers, cousins were killed by
Japanese soldiers. It was war and war is terrible. The problems finding work
and places to rent after the war had nothing to do with the government lockdown;
it's simply human nature do distrust the people who look like, talk like and are
related to the people killing your friends and family members.The
real testament to the greatness of America is that despite our mistakes and
follies we have a national conscience that seems to make us try to right our
wrongs. These people ended up having good lives and fared much better than
those in Japan
oh boy ...xmas and already satan clause is out there..i feel for you sir ..seems
america got its idea on the concentration camp from the reservation camp which
was created to segregate and genocide a people who gave em the constitution by
the way of the Iroquois...then without the navajo , who weren't allowed to vote
as utah was the last state to recognize Native Americans as citizens in 1956
while all the polygamous were allowed to and possible still vote while not
living the law of the land which emanates from that consitution. So smooth are
the words which make a wrong seem right, want some free land?
I don't thing all that much has changed. When Iraq and the Islamic culture
became perceived enemy, many of those sharing that culture and religion in the
US were are are under fire. I have heard people talk about "rounding 'em
up" or something like that to "keep America safe."Enough fear and we would, sadly, do the same thing again today.
Let the same advise apply to those who were tortured, murdered, and abused by
the Japanese at Batan, in China, and Korea during the war.
This travesty, plus the justification of nuking of civilians may have been the
beginning of the end of a noble America as we once knew it.
America does not have an anti immigration attitude towards Hispanics. They make
up 36% of our legal immigrants, yet are only 7% of the worlds population. Non
Hispanic Caucasians receive 16% and Africans receive 7% by comparison. They
receive preferential treatment.
I enjoyed the article up to the point that it tried to equate putting the
Japanese in camps with Hispanics that commit illegal immigration. People resent
all those who come here illegally, the fact that they comprise 75-80% of our
illegal population creates the resentment. People don't resent the ethic group,
just the actions by some of their people and organizations that promote illegal
activity. Every war has atrocities on both sides. The Japanese still
have not apologized to the Chinese for using kidnapped women to entertain their
troops. And Americans living in Japan during WWII were put in POW camps and most
killed when the US dropped the bombs. America needs to stop hanging our heads
over our relocation camps. We prove to be no better or worse than the rest of