Today, the last Saturday in April, commemorates one of the darkest days in American history, especially for Japanese-Americans and, as it appears–today’s Muslims. We Americans always seem to act like we’re the Good Guys, in the White Hats; but, save that for the movies. Because, that’s just not really US!
Just consider a few of our Crimes Against Humanity: widespread Human Slavery from pre-Colonial America, through the mid-19th Century; stealing the ancient tribal lands of Native Americans, and relegating them to barren reservations, barely capable of sustaining life; and the massacre of 550 Vietnamese old men, women, and even nursing babies, by the “Men” of the U. S. Army Americal Division, at My Lai4, in 1968.
The following Op-Ed from the NY Times, “Internment, America’s Great Mistake”, by George Takei (“”Mr. Sulu”, on StarTrek), beautifully conveys the sorrow and hardship, that many Japanese-American had to endure—by someone who was there. As Mr. Takei noted, he was expected to “Pledge Allegiance to the Flag”, every morning, while living in such a “Camp”. And to add the harshest insults to War Heroes, when Japanese-American men returned to their Homeland, after fighting in World War II, they too were placed in the same “POW” Camps, with their families!
Along with the many Japanese and other Americans remembering that Darkest Day on America, many of whom were born after The War, there are also a number of Muslims. Just two days ago, eight Iraqis were deported to Iraq, and many other Muslims wonder if they, too, might be sent “back” to a land they had never known. Once again, is this what Humanity is all about?
As Donald Trump has reached Day #100, we can only be happy that he hasn’t blown -up the planet yet. But, as each day passes, I can only think how wonderful it would be to have a Parliamentary Government, and with a “No Confidence Vote” scheduled first thing on Monday! morning