Treat­ment of Ja­panese Amer­i­cans a sad time in his­tory

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

In re­sponse to Mr. Custer’s let­ter (TGI, Sept. 3), he is cor­rect in stat­ing there was a lot of ha­tred, ig­no­rance and racism di­rected to pa­tri­otic and hard­work­ing Amer­i­can cit­i­zens of Ja­panese de­scent fol­low­ing Pearl Har­bor. How­ever, to le­git­imize this treat­ment of our fel­low Amer­i­cans by stat­ing “but it was war” is morally in­de­fen­si­ble.

Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 9066 im­pacted the lives of 117,000 people, two-thirds whom were na­tive-born Amer­i­cans. This or­der took from Amer­i­cans of Ja­panese de­scent their homes, their liveli­hoods and their civil lib­er­ties. This was a re­pug­nant time in our na­tion’s his­tory and we should be ever watch­ful that it never hap­pens again. Noreen Stein­metz Ka­paa

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