Washington Monument by Laura Olivia


Today marks the anniversary of FDR signing executive order 9066, which authorized the “indefinite detention” of nearly 150,000 people on American soil.

The order authorized the Secretary of War and the U.S. Army to create military zones “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” The order left who might be excluded to the military’s discretion. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt inked his name to EO9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, it opened the door for the roundup of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens living along the west coast of the U.S. and their imprisonment in concentration camps. In addition, between 1,200 and 1,800 people of Japanese descent watched the war from behind barbed wire fences in Hawaii. Of those interned, 62 percent were U.S. citizens. The U.S. government also caged around 11,000 Americans of German ancestry and some 3,000 Italian-Americans.

anonymous asked:

can you explain in detail why minorities living in impoverished areas is a direct result of racism?

I feel like I don’t even need to explain why native americans, first nations, and generally the first people to actually live in an area live in poverty as a direct result of racism… I mean if you can’t figure that one out, buddy, then I don’t think any amount of my explaining would be able to help you.

Lets learn about the word: Redlining.

So redlining is this super cool thing for white people, or people on the top [usually white people] that the government, in the United States, totally endorsed, super well documented.

Why is redlining super cool for the oppressors? We will get to that, hopefully you’ll draw your own conclusions. 

Redlining in its strictly definitional sense, is the “arbitrarily” randomly out of the blue just denying people of basic services, loans, jobs, homes, etc. because the person doing the denying just felt like it. Now this “arbitrary” little act started to “arbitrarily”  attack people of color. 

Now in the 1930s there were these super cool New Deal FDR home act bullshit. Where veterans coming home from WWII, and people in general could get super cool loans to buy these sweet new houses in the fancy suburbs. Houses that they wouldn’t have dreamed to be able to afford without these cheap-ass home loans the bank was just dealing out. 

Now it’s a little known fact, you can google this yourself you lazy shits, that FDR was a huge racist, is a huge racist even. Man that guy hated them pesky “minorities.”  So what did FDR do about this hate?

People set up these racist-ass maps of areas people lived in. They were literally color-coded, “black, and colored” areas done got redlined, meaning banks wouldn’t give people from those areas these sweet-ass new cheap home-loans saving all those poor white people struggle and hardship. How did the white people get the loans? Well they lived in green-lined areas, the white areas. 

Now who was the mastermind behind these maps and how was FDR involved? Home Owners’ Loan Corporation or (HOLC) for convenience–cause I don’t want to type out their shitty ass name. HOLC created this racist ass map, because they were huge racists. And because they had loan giving powers, they pretty much got to decide who lived where. Now banks and insurers adopted this sweet redlining policy, because they all hated minorities and to a lesser extent poor people as well. I mean it’s only a lesser extent because they fucking hated “coloreds.” Then in like 1934 the Federal Housing Administration decided “Hey, fuck black people, and also anyone not white.” And they, too, adopted that racist ass map, deciding who got a loan, and who got to live in the shittiest areas possible. 

Now, you can say that “maybe the white areas were just more affluent and it totally had nothing to do with race.” but you’d be completely fucking wrong. Cause remember, this is during the fucking GREAT DEPRESSION, the big one that was from like 1929 to 1939 fucking ten years of depression. Not to mention shittons of peoples husbands and sons and wives and daughters were dying in wars. So the majority of people were fucked. Just straight up fucked. They weren’t rich, the only thing those fuckers had going for themselves was that they were white enough to get home-loans to move to areas with good white people jobs. 

Everyone else got stuck in depression-like conditions …. to this day. Because no one, the government and people who fucking could, wanted to improve the already existing neighborhoods and houses–no it was all BUILD NEW HOMES LET WHITE PEOPLE LIVE THERE MAKE HOMES EXPENSIVE ONE NEEDS A LOAN FOR THE HOME ONLY WHITE PEOPLE CAN GET THE LOANS… YEAH! PERFECT WHITE HAVANA.

So people could be racist little shits and deny anyone living in the redlined [non-white] areas loans, jobs, services, rates, anything really, and it was COMPLETELY FUCKING LEGAL, HELL EVEN THE GOVERNMENT USED THE RACIST-ASS MAP! SO IT’S TOTALLY LEGIT RIGHT! C: C: C: ????

So what have we learned today:
a.k.a. TL;DR

  1. Racist maps were created by HOLC 
  2. FDR and Friends thought racism was a good idea and accepted the racist maps as god
  3. Shittons of expensive new homes were created during the depression
  4. In order to live in the new homes one needed a loan
  5. In order to get a loan you had to live in the white area of the racist map
  6. White people got home loans and created white paradise for them and their racist-ass families

I don’t want to get into white flight yet but if there are still questions I guess I can make a new post about white flight and how racism caused even more racism. WOW SHOCKING. 


Before 1939 no reigning British Monarch had ever set foot on American soil since America’s Independence in 1776. But that all changed when King George VI (the one that stutterer and has that movie kings speech made about him) was invited by FDR to visit. In hopes to win over the sympathy and support of the American people towards the UK for the inevitable war ahead. And it work Americans welcomed the royal couple heartily and came from all over to just get a glimpse of them. 

So I just wanted to draw the reserved slightly shy royal couple being unconformable and overwhelmed with the the american presidential overly friendly family’s big personalities.

Today in history: February 19, 1942 - President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, leading to the incarceration of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II.

The war-time measures applied to Japanese Americans in a sweeping way, uprooting entire communities particularly on the West Coast. Afterward, Japanese Americans fought a legal battle against the concentration camps all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The original Supreme Court decision which upheld the camps in the interests of ‘national security’ was later vacated (overturned on a technicality), but the Supreme Court never ruled that the camps were unconstitutional. After a decades-long battle, in 1988 the U.S. government was forced to formally apologize for the internment, admitting that government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”

The U.S. government eventually disbursed more than $1.6 billion in reparations to Japanese Americans who had been interned and their descendents. Today Japanese American organizations on the West Coast organize an annual Day of Remembrance to mark this date and to continue to raise consciousness so that such attacks on civil liberties never happen again to Japanese Americans or oppressed groups.

See Fight Back News coverage of this year’s Day of Remembrance 

(image: sign ordering Japanese Americans to concentration camps)

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)