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February 19th 1942: Japanese internment begins

On this day in 1942, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 which allowed the military to relocate Japanese-Americans to internment camps. A climate of paranoia descended on the US following the attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan, which prompted the US to join the Second World War. Americans of Japanese ancestry became targets for persecution, as there were fears that they would collude with Japan and pose a national security threat. This came to a head with FDR’s executive order, which led to 120,000 Japanese-Americans being rounded up and held in camps. The constitutionality of the controversial measure was upheld by the Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States (1944). Interned Americans suffered great material and personal hardship, with most people losing their property and some losing their lives to illness or the violence of camp sentries. The victims of internment and their families eventually received an official government apology in 1988 and reparations began in the 1990s. This dark episode of American history is often forgotten in the narrative of US involvement in the Second World War, but Japanese internment poses a stark reminder of the dangers of paranoia and scapegoating.

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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.

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To Respond to this threat, the Left must revive the Fight For the Four Freedoms of the FDR era.

We need to modernize this campaign into the Fight For the Four Justices!


Social Justice,

Racial Justice,

Economic Justice,

And Environmental Justice!

#FightFor4Justices

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

Native americans, first nations, and generally the first people to actually live in an area live in poverty as a direct result of imperialism, dehumanization, white supremacy and genocide, you should know this. 

Lets learn about the word: Redlining.

So redlining is this thing for white people that the government, in the United States, totally endorsed, super well documented.

Why is redlining beneficial for the rich white supremacists? 

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, that FDR is a huge racist. 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, “people of color” areas got redlined, meaning banks wouldn’t give people from those areas these sweet-ass new cheap home-loans saving all those poor white people who didn’t live in the designated poc areas 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 people of color and to a lesser extent poor people as well. 

Then in like 1934 the Federal Housing Administration decided they, too, would adopt 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.” [ignoring why white people would be wealthier … in the first place is fucking willfully ignorant] 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… and thus the great communities for white people.

So people could be white supremacists and deny anyone living in the redlined [non-white] areas loans, jobs, services, rates, anything really, and it was COMPLETELY FUCKING LEGAL, even the government used the white supremacist maps.

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 white supremacist families
7) People of color were denied jobs, loans, education, anything because of where they lived, it had nothing to do with the wealth of the community

FDR

“I don’t want anyone to know I need a wheelchair,” said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, leaning against his advisor as he walked.

“Of course,” said his advisor. “We have to handle this carefully.”

“Hello,” said the wheelchair salesman. “Oh my god! President Roosevelt, it’s an honor to have you in my store! Do you need a wheelchair?”

“Yes, I have polio,” said the President. “I mean. No, I don’t.”

“Did you say you had polio?” asked the salesman.

“No. You must’ve said that,” said the President.

“I don’t think I did.”

“You must have, because I didn’t.”

“Why would I say that? I don’t have polio.”

“I heard you say it too,” said the President’s advisor.

“Really?”

“Yeah, we both heard you say you had polio.”

“Damn, maybe I did say it.”

“Yeah, so which of these wheelchairs would be good for you, since you have polio?” The President winked at his advisor. They were kicking ass at this conversation.

“Uhhh, I guess this one would be good for me since I have polio. Damn, do I really have polio? I feel fine.”

“Feeling fine is a symptom of polio,” said the advisor. It was now his chance to wink at the President. They were fucking cruising through this conversation like a ship in calm waters. A cruise ship.

“Damn. Okay. Then I guess I’ll use this wheelchair then.”

“Nonsense!” yelled the President. “This wheelchair is too plain for you to use. Allow me to take it with me to the White House so I can spruce it up with some…uh…with some…”

“STICKERS!” the advisor added, earning his pay, which was $20 a day and a bowl of soup as big as he could lift.

“Yes, stickers! I’ll take it to the White House and put some stickers on it and bring it back for you to use for your polio.”

“Wow! Thanks, Mr. President. Do you want me to help you off the floor since you crumpled into a heap during our conversation?”

“No,” said the President. “What do you think the F in my name stands for?”

“Frankl-”

“It’s Floor.”

“Wow.”

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75 YEARS AGO TODAY

Over 127,000 United States citizens were imprisoned during World War II. Their crime? Being of Japanese ancestry.

President Roosevelt signed an executive order on February 19, 1942, ordering the RELOCATION of all Americans of Japanese ancestry to CONCENTRATION CAMPS in the interior of the United States.

Evacuation orders were posted in JAPANESE-AMERICAN communities giving instructions on how to comply with the executive order. Many families sold their homes, their stores, and most of their assets. They could not be certain their homes and livelihoods would still be there upon their return. Because of the mad rush to sell, properties and inventories were often sold at a fraction of their true value.

Until the camps were completed, many of the evacuees were held in temporary centers, such as stables at local racetracks. Almost two-thirds of the interns were NISEI, or Japanese Americans born in the United States. It made no difference that many had never even been to Japan. Even Japanese-American veterans of World War I were forced to leave their homes.

Ten camps were finally completed in remote areas of seven western states. Housing was spartan, consisting mainly of tar-paper barracks. Families dined together at communal mess halls, and children were expected to attend school. Adults had the option of working for a salary of $5 per day. The United States government hoped that the interns could make the camps self-sufficient by farming to produce food. But cultivation on arid soil was quite a challenge.

Evacuees elected representatives to meet with government officials to air grievances, often to little avail. Recreational activities were organized to pass the time. Some of the interns actually volunteered to fight in one of two all-Nisei army regiments and went on to distinguish themselves in battle.

On the whole, however, life in the relocation centers was not easy. The camps were often too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. The food was mass produced army-style grub. And the interns knew that if they tried to flee, armed sentries who stood watch around the clock, would shoot them.

FRED KOREMATSU decided to test the government relocation action in the courts. He found little sympathy there. In KOREMATSU VS. THE UNITED STATES, the Supreme Court justified the executive order as a wartime necessity. When the order was repealed, many found they could not return to their hometowns. Hostility against Japanese Americans remained high across the West Coast into the postwar years as many villages displayed signs demanding that the evacuees never return. As a result, the interns scattered across the country.

In 1988, Congress attempted to apologize for the action by awarding each surviving intern $20,000. While the American concentration camps never reached the levels of Nazi death camps as far as atrocities are concerned, they remain a dark mark on the nation’s record of respecting civil liberties and cultural differences.

In July 1800, newspapers up and down America began reporting on the death of Thomas Jefferson, news which took no one by greater surprise than Jefferson himself.

The reason for the spread of the tale is still a matter for debate, and will be until Timecop becomes a real thing. There are a couple explanations, though. The first one is straightforward: There may have been another Thomas Jefferson whodied on June 30 – one of his namesake’s slaves. Simple enough.

Luckily, we have another, radder explanation. According to a number of Jefferson’s fellow Democratic-Republicans, the whole thing was a hoax perpetrated by their Federalist rivals to interfere with the presidential campaign going on at the time. In particular, this was all occurring prior to and during the Fourth of July, which meant that in the minds of at least some voters, Thomas Jefferson spent Independence Day 1800 as a dead man.

According to the Democratic-Republicans who cried “hoax,” the Federalists spread the report of Jefferson’s death so that he wouldn’t be honored on the Fourth for writing the Declaration of Independence, and indeed, a lot of the discussion in the newspapers that reported on his “death” was eye-wateringly acidic. Consider the Connecticut Courant, where one of those tricksy Federalists wrote that on a slow news day, “some compassionate being … very humanely killed Mr. Jefferson.”

6 Historical Hoaxes That Are Too Stupid Even For 2017

On Feb. 19, 1942—75 years ago today—U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, granting the secretary of war and his commanders the authority “to prescribe military areas in such places and of such extent as he or the appropriate Military Commander may determine, from which any or all persons may be excluded, and with respect to which, the right of any person to enter, remain in, or leave shall be subject to whatever restrictions the Secretary of War or the appropriate Military Commander may impose in his discretion.” Though it did not explicitly refer to specific groups, it was used to legally force over 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry from their homes in the U.S. and incarcerate them in fenced and guarded camps.

Pictured here is a detail of Information Bulletin No. 1, published in Feb. 1942, by the Japanese-American Relations Committee of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Friends Service Committee.  It reads:

OF “HUMAN INTEREST”

Said a young Japanese-American (Nisei) truck farmer in a committee meeting the other day:

“These United States of ours are not just only the United States of white Americans and descendants of white Americans.  They are made up of many different nationalities, races and religious groups.

“Many different elements go into the making of steel – some to harden and some to temper it, but all to solidify and make it just right.

“Maybe, because of our suffering at this time for our citizenship, we, the American-born Japanese, may prove to be the manganese that will ultimately solidify and make just right these United States of ours of which we are loyal citizens.”