68 years ago today marked the beginning of the end of the incarceration of Japanese Americans. A story in the People’s World recalls this day in 1944 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt lifted the “military-necessary exclusion” of Japanese Americans from the west coast.
The imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese Americans, including many who later enlisted in the military and gave their lives fighting the imperial Japanese, resulted in the collective lost of $400,000,000 in property during World War II.
The 10 Americans convicted of spying for Japan during the war did not include a single Japanese American.
Could this shameful chapter in American history be someday repeated?