Treatment of Japanese Americans a sad time in history
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