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  •  Yes, the detention was a crime against humanity. (0+ / 0-)

    It wasn't as egregious as many other crimes against humanity, but it was one nonetheless.

    I once met a man who had been living in Aberdeen, Washington (home of Curt Cobain) when the war broke out.  His was the only family of Japanese descent in town.  The father, before he died had completely embraced America.  His name was Morse and his brothers were Lincoln and Perry.  No one in town suspected them of anything, primarily, I suppose because they had no independent community.  Still, one day he came home from school to find that his mother was gone.  The Army or the WRA or the feds (he never found out) had simply abducted her off the streets.  He was in grade school at the time.  Can you imagine being a grade-schooler and coming home to find your mother gone?  Only after, IIRC, three days did she return and she never told him anything about her detention.  Some time after that the WRA came and took them off to the Tule Lake camp.  Tule Lake was the camp where the WRA had many people from the northwest, but it was also where they sent the hard cases, the ones who had returned to Japan to be educated and steeped in ultranationalist education.  As a result, Morse found that he was being rejected by the country of his birth and upbringing (he spoke no Japanese at that point) and threatened by those of his ancestry.

    It was just stupid thing to do.

    Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for reading and thank you for your kind words.  They mean a lot to me.

    History is won by the writers.

    by journeyman on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 06:10:26 AM PST

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