December 17, 1944: Internment of Japanese-Americans Comes to an End.
On December 17th, 1944 the United States under the direction of U.S. Major General Henry C. Pratt issued Public Proclamation No. 21 stating that on January 2nd, 1945 all Japanese-Americans “evacuees” from the West Coast could return back to their homes.
The internment of Japanese-Americans began exactly ten weeks after the Empire of Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave authorization for the removal of any or all people from military areas. As a result the military defined the entire West Coast, home to a majority of Japanese-Americans as military area. Within a couple of months over 110,000 Japanese-Americans were relocated to internment camps built by the US military scattered all over the nation. For the next two years Japanese-Americans would live under dire living conditions and at times abuse from their military guards.
Throughout World War II ten people were found to be spies for the Empire of Japan, not one of them was of Japanese ancestry. Forty-four year would pass until Ronald Reagan and the United States made an official apology to the surviving Japanese-Americans who were relocated, and were given $20,000 tax-free.
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George Rodger, The victor of a Korongo Nuba wrestling match is carried shoulder high by his opponent, Kordofan, Sudan, 1949.
It’s sad how true this is.
i’m not really sure why these two are being compared? is it simply because they’re both black men who are really prominent in the political sphere, and known as ‘eloquent’? because the two of them operate[d] from really different places. mlk was organizing from a platform of fighting racism, class oppression, and war, and….. obama is the president of the united states. who was a senator and a professor. mlk drew his power was from the people he organized with and mass mobilizations, where obama gets his power is from the US government and corporations… imo they had really different lives and were operating in very different contexts.
the juxtaposition of these images/quotes implies [to me] that we’re supposed to see obama as a shame to the legacy of black progressive organizing, which is pretty weird imo because who does that about shitty white people? (answer: no one)
i think there are some important things to think through around obama’s rise to power and how his position as the president is connected to/relies on/erases/does violence to black organizing and black movements, but this doesn’t do it for me. i think there are better ways of critiquing obama and his warmongering, imperialist, militarized, neoliberal violence without relying on racial tropes.
^^^^on point commentary
Bang. There’s so many ways white media and shit like this works to demand perfect sainthood from Black folks before they can even get a voice.
You can have a white man who beats women, with severe impairment from drugs and alcoholism*, saying obviously factually incorrect statements, WHO’S NOT EVEN A POLITICIAN, and they’ll get all kinds of media coverage and legitimacy and put their uninformed opinions on the same place as any POC who is the straightest of straight edge who will be dismissed, and only, only, POC voices matter if they live up to some kind of perfection.
Why should Obama be compared to MLK? For sure, there’s a connection in that the Civil Rights Movement and the thousands of people who worked, sacrificed and pushed for changes in laws are what ALLOWED Obama to get into office, but by no means do we see white people holding their own to these exceptional high standards…
I mean, MLK had a dream and Reagan had Iran-Contra and crack cocaine. MLK had a dream and Bush Sr. had Panama and Desert Storm. MLK had a dream and Bill Clinton had deregulation and “fair trade” agreements that devastated multiple economies at profit for corporations. MLK had a dream and Bush Jr. got us Patriot Act, ICE, Homeland Security and two wars.
*Not that I really think these should be moral judgments, but rather, to highlight the double standard of legitimacy as far as society goes with white people vs. POC, etc.
Oh wait, so mehreenkasana posted this?? WOW O_O
I am truly taken aback. I really thought she was more intelligent than this. What the fuck was I thinking anyway??
Shit that will never surprise me:
- How non-black POC so fucking easily take part into anti-blackness without a fucking second thought. Anti-blackness come so fucking naturally to most non-black POC is is truly disturbing!! And yet we, black people, are expected to buy that POC solidarity bullshit from people who actively oppress us where they have power!!
- How easily non-black POC use anti-black rhetoric to fight the oppression they are facing. Us, black folks and our struggles are just mere parts of rhetoric tools at the disposal!
What Obama’s race has to do with anything you fucking dumbass??
I love how every single one of you thought this was an attack on African people. Something I would never do, something I have never done. It amazes me and confirms the fact that this is precisely why Obama has garnered such blind support for the policies he’s had. This post wasn’t uploaded to say: “Oh, look, two terrible black people.” It was to show how POC like myself had massive hope when Obama became president because we thought the entire idea of the Dream-coming-true happened. We thought marginalization wouldn’t happen. We also thought oppressed voices wouldn’t remain oppressed. When this went up, the purpose was to show how MLK’s dream didn’t exactly come true. I love MLK. I don’t love Obama. That doesn’t mean I “hate Black People” or I’m “anti-black.” Maybe you should read what MLK said:
Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular—but one must take it because it’s right.
Obama wouldn’t ever do that. That post was related to drones. If you lived in Pakistan or Yemen or Somalia or Philippines, you’d understand this post. You’d know that the Dream MLK spoke of, never came true. There’s no ‘anti-blackness’ in here. There’s disappointment coming from attacked POC who once had faith in Obama. Every single one of you completely went off point just like I expected of Obama supporters. I feel sorry for you. Continue drawing irrelevant arguments.
“This post wasn’t uploaded to say: “Oh, look, two terrible black people.”” Yeah we know that!! This juxtaposition makes it problematic because it condemn Obama’s action based on his BLACKNESS and like it was said before, no white person has to go through that! Black people should NEVER be held to a black code of conduct and shunned if they don’t follow it. This is how we fall in the dichotomy of the good and bad negro which ultimately reinforce oppressive structures. Obama is a black man but he is after all the president of the USA. A country where young black men like Trayvon Martin still get gunned down!! Whcih lead me to side-eye this: “We thought marginalization wouldn’t happen.” Really?
“That doesn’t mean I “hate Black People” or I’m “anti-black.”” I have seen you brilliantly argue with racists countless times which is why I do not understand why you would say this. You should know by now that oppression doesn’t have to be intentional. This is beyond your intention, oppression is not about loving or hating a group. You should know that. We are not saying that you hate black people. You don’t need to hate us to partake in a rhetoric that is oppressing us!! And the fact that many black people and non-black POC are telling you this, yet you want to disregard it, speaks volume!
This picture is based on the following narrative: Obama as a black man should not upheld white supremacy. This a fail for the obvious reason that Obama is the leader of the most white supremacist country on Earth, he is bound to it!!
In short: This post is essentializing a black person, their action and character, to their blackness. This is what makes it anti-black!
“What I want to know is how the white man, with the blood of black people dripping off his fingers, can have the audacity to be asking black people why they hate him?”
— Malcolm X