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  •  when I was a senior in High School, I took a class (10+ / 0-)

    on "History of the Far East'. When we reached WWII,our teacher decieded that we would debate the pro and con of the interntment of the  Japanese Americans.
     I was team captain for the anti side-we took the position that it was driven by 'Yellow Peril' racism and that they had never presented a threat to the security of this nation.
      We fought hard-----much harder then the opposing team.
         We lost,by a large margin. I got angry looking at all these smug faces,and I left the classroom.
       Here it was 1973,and people still thought it was justified
    because 'They were more loyal to their Emperor.'' They
    could never truly be like us'. 'They were too different to be trusted.'

     

    Conservatism is killing this country. Jayden

    by swampyankee on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 03:58:46 PM PST

    •  yikes. That had to be really (5+ / 0-)

      disheartening.

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 04:08:38 PM PST

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      •  Yikes, indeed. (5+ / 0-)

        Things have changed, and let's be glad of that. Today it wouldn't even be a debate. There would be a few students in some places who'd still support the internment no doubt, but they'd keep their mouths shut, then grouse about "political correctness" and how they are oppressed. But they'd be the minority.

        My forthcoming book Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity will be published in Summer 2012 by Potomac Books.

        by Ian Reifowitz on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 04:43:00 PM PST

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      •  It was. Sure it was a white bread school,in a (3+ / 0-)

        white bread town--but people had learned better in those thirty years-had'nt they?
        The garbage I heard then,is garbage being spat out yet.

         However,my parents were very proud of me for taking the right side.Mom told me so-and told the rest of the family,how very proud she was of me. A fellow at the local Firehouse,father of one of my opponents said something snide about 'your loser daughter,'
         Not being a man of many words,Dad smacked him a good one up longside his head.

           My parents taught me that it was a good thing to be heartbroken over losing a good cause because it would keem me fighting.

        Conservatism is killing this country. Jayden

        by swampyankee on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 04:52:35 PM PST

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