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Donald Trump supporter cites Japanese internment camps as precedent for a Muslim registry

A former Navy SEAL and supporter of President-elect Donald Trump cited America’s internment of Japanese people during World War II as precedent for implementing a Muslim registry. A potential cabinet appointee also discussed a Muslim registry.

That was in 1942. Earlier that year, on February 19, 75 years ago this Sunday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order, No. 9066, which set the internment into motion. On its face, the order was “neutral,” authorizing the military to designate whole swaths of land as military zones, and evacuate any persons from it as they saw fit.

But behind that facade lay a much darker purpose: to tear 120,000 innocent Japanese-Americans from their homes along the West Coast and relocate them to 10 prison camps scattered throughout the United States.

It didn’t matter, back then, that most of us were US citizens and had never even been to Japan. We were presumed guilty, and held without charge for four years, simply because we happened to look like the people who had bombed Pearl Harbor. For that crime, we lost our homes, our livelihoods and our freedoms.

Every year, on February 19, we Japanese-Americans honor this day as Remembrance Day, and we renew our pledge to make sure what happened to us never happens again in America. I am always amazed, and saddened, that despite our decades long efforts, so many young people today are not even aware that such a tragedy and miscarriage of justice took place here.

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We are an interdependent people, sharing a common bond of humanity. The most pernicious aspect of Trump’s policies is thus the denial of those basic bonds and that humanity. I will not stand for it, and no people of good conscience should.

The internment is not a ‘precedent,’ it is a stark and painful lesson. We will only learn from the past if we know, understand and remember it. For if we fail, we most assuredly are doomed to repeat it.

“Dressed in his uniform marking service in the first World War, this veteran enters the Santa Anita assembly center for persons of Japanese ancestry evacuated from the west coast.” This is the original caption to this photo, taken in Arcadia, California, on April 5, 1942.

The attack on Pearl Harbor launched a rash of fear about national security, especially on the West Coast. In February 1942, just two months after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt as commander-in-chief, issued Executive Order 9066, which had the effect of relocating all persons of Japanese ancestry, both citizens and aliens, inland, outside of the Pacific military zone.

Roosevelt’s order affected 117,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were native-born citizens of the United States. Within weeks, all persons of Japanese ancestry–whether citizens or enemy aliens, young or old, rich or poor–were ordered to assembly centers near their homes. Soon they were sent to permanent relocation centers outside the restricted military zones. (Read more here: http://bit.ly/2ghV2PB)

On Saturday, November 19, the Japanese American National Museum is hosting our next National Conversation. This time the topic is “Immigration: Barriers and Access.” You can register to attend in person or watch the livestream: http://bit.ly/2eDdEVj

oh my god do not refer to yuuri katsuki as “Jap Yuri.” 

“jap” is a slur.

It was commonly used in WWII-era United States (and probably its English-speaking allies).  Its use went hand-in-hand with the persecution and internment of Japanese-American immigrants AND natural-born citizens as spies, traitors, criminals, etc.  Please look up “japanese internment” if you want to read more.

the proper abbreviation for Japan/Japanese is jpn.

and besides, there’s already a way to differentiate between the two:

yuuri katsuki = yuuri

yuri plisetsky = yurio

tldr: “jap” is a slur so don’t use it for yuuri katsuki or in any other situation if you can’t reclaim it thanks

Allow me to present to you this headcanon: Shiro as a Japanese Brazilian!

  • Brazil has the most number of Japanese immigrants in the world. This is a result from a large number of Japanese people fleeing from Japan to Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century. Bairro da Liberdade (Freedom) is a district in São Paulo (Brazilian State) that is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. I’ve been there and it’s both huge and amazing! Most people living in there speak both Portuguese and Japanese and there are also some Japanese newsspapers that run in this area. It’s a very welcoming place for anime and manga fans and it’s not hard to find cosplayers meeting in the area. Karaoke contests are famous in the area. There are also a smaller number of Chinese and Korean folks living in Liberdade.
  • Introducing the Voltron team to chimarrão. Coran absolutely falls in love with it, Hunk loves the smell and taste, Pidge and Keith are very reluctant to even try it out and Lance dives right in in one go. Allura is suspicious and finds out it’s not really to her taste but still appreciates the thought.
  • Whenever the panic attacks get bad and he needs to calm down, Shiro likes to isolate himself from the others and listen to bossa nova and Maria Gadú. It really helps him out.
  • Shiro’s father is Japanese, his mother is Brazilian.
  • He’s fluent in Japanese, Portuguese and English, which helps him get that scholarship at the garrison. He learns some Russian as well, though he’s not as good at it, but it’s important for the space program. 
  • Shiro and Lance thinking they can understand each other because Portuguese and Spanish are similar and then realizing how bad an idea that was.


  • Shiro came to fall in love with space while visiting the SONEAR (Southern Observatory for Near Earth Asteroids Research) observatory with his parents as a kid, located in the state of Minas Gerais. It was an experience unlike any other and that’s when he decided he wanted to be an astronaut for real.

Thank you @quotidiandreams for sharing this idea with me and @phospenumbra for translating Lance’s Spanish for me!  ❤

So, the WWII AU no one asked for:

Set towards the end of the war, European theatre
- Victor is an ace pilot, considered a war hero and is a bit of a celebrity in the USSR
- But his plane was shot down recently over Germany
- Victor is missing, assumed captured at best but probably dead
- His younger brother Yuri refuses to believe this and immediately enlists in the army in the naive hope that it would help him find his brother
- He’s too young but gets some fake papers and lies about his age to get in. Gets sent off to the Eastern Front and doesn’t learn a damn thing about what happened to Victor. But he does meet a really cool guy from the Kazakh SSR (Otabek, of course) and they become great friends and look out for each other.
- But rewind a bit, back to Victor getting shot down. An American infantry regiment made up mostly of the children of Japanese immigrants stumbles upon a downed Soviet plane as they push forward into Germany. The pilot inside is hurt but alive, and so is placed in the care of their medic (it’s Yuuri.)
- Victor is dirty and injured and pretty disoriented with a concussion but he’s still the most beautiful person Yuuri has ever seen.
- The unit realizes after a bit that hey, doesn’t this guy look like that famous Russian pilot? Oh shit, they’ve got a Soviet war hero with them now and they don’t know what to do with him. How do we send him back? Things are pretty messy at the moment, so for the time being he’s just going to have to stick around with them.
- Yuuri doesn’t mind this arrangement. Victor speaks enough English that they can communicate and they’ve been talking a lot while Victor’s been on the mend. He likes Victor. He REALLY likes Victor.

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So I was talkin’ about a Hawaiian!AU, right? Well, here, Kagome is a Japanese immigrant, and she meets InuYasha, who’s mother was also a Japanese immigrant, and his father was one of the sacred wild dog messengers of the Fire Goddess, Pele. And because of InuYasha’s strange nature, many of the native Hawaiians worship him, while others are wary, to say the least.

I decided the setting would be in the 1910s, because that was when there was a huge wave of asian immigrants (mostly Japanese and Korean) looking for jobs in plantations and factories, and it was also the time where Hawaiian culture was really blending with so much diversity, and there was a lot of Modern/Westernization vs. Tradition and ancient beliefs. A perfect backdrop for ghost-hunting, right? (since there are a ton of Hawaiian/Japanese ghost stories - it’s crazy)

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Transcripts/Translations collected from various reblogs of similar posts:

What to do if ICE comes to your door?

Do not open doors! ICE cannot come in without a signed warrant or if you let them in. Tell them to pass the warrant under the door before you open.

Remain silent! ICE can use anything you say against you in your immigration case so claim your right to remain silent! Say “I plead the fifth amendment and choose to remain silent”.

Do not sign! Don’t sign anything ICE gives you without talking to an attorney.

Report the raid! Report immediately to the UWD hotline 1-844.343.1623. Take pictures, video and notes: badge numbers, number of agents, exactly what happened!

Fight back! Get a trustworthy attorney and explore all options to fight your case. If detained, you may be able to get bail. Don’t give up hope!

(transcription by @strangestructures)

Spanish tranlation / Traducción al español

En caso de redadas ¿qué puedes hacer?

¡No abras la puerta! Pregúntale a la migra i tienen una orden de arresto y que te la pasen por debajo de la puerta.

¡Guarda silencio! Tiene el derecho a permanecer callado/a. Si te confrontan agentes de inmigración, di: “Uso mi derecho bajo la quinta enmienda, y tengo el derecho a mantenerme callado/a.” Los agentes de inmigración pueden usar cualquier cosa que digas en tu contra en tu caso de inmigración.

¡No firmes! No firmes nada que te den los agentes de inmigración sin hablar con un abogado.

¡Haz un plan y pelea! Sí inmigración detiene a ti o a un ser uerido, busca un  abogado de confianza, y haz planes para que alguien cuide a tus hijos. Tu puedes pelear un caso óde detencin y tal vez recibir una fianza.

(translation by @strangestructures)

French translation. / Traduction française.

Que faire si les agents d'immigration sont à votre porte?

N'ouvrez pas la porte! Les agents d'immigration n'ont pas le droit d'entrer à moins de présenter un mandat. Disez leur de le passer par dessous la porte.

Restez silencieux! Les agents d'immigrations peuvent utilisez tout ce que vous disez contre vous dans votre affaire d'immigration. Vous avez le droit de garder le silence. Dites “Je plaide le cinquième amendement et décide de garder le silence.” (En anglais: “I plead the fifth amendment and choose my right to remain silent”, phonétiquement “Aïe plide de fifz amèned'mente ènd tchouse tou rimèine saïlente.”)

Ne signez rien! Ne signez rien sans parler à un avocat.

Documentez le raid! Informez immédiatement l'organisation “United we Dream” en appelant au numéro suivant: 1-844-343-1623. Faites des photos, filmez et notez tout: les numéros de badges, le nombre d'agents et les évenements exacts.

Défendez vous! Parlez à un avocat de confiance et explorez toutes les possibilités pour défendre votre cas. Si vous êtes détenu, vous pouvez éventuellement être libéré contre caution – ne perdez pas espoir!

(translation by @strangestructures)

Brazilian Portuguese:

URGENTE: se você não tem permissão para estar nos EUA, NÃO abra a porta se um agente do serviço de imigração (ICE) estiver batendo. Não responda a nenhuma pergunta do agente se ele tentar falar com você. Você tem o direito de permanecer calado. Você NÃO tem que dar seu nome ao agente. Se você está no trabalho, pergunte ao agente se está livre pra sair, e se ele disser que sim, SAIA. Você tem direito de falar com um advogado.

(translation by @theexitgarden)

Korean/한국어: [사진이 안보이시는 경우엔 어것을 읽으면 됩니다. 이런 불길한 상황이 생길 경우를 위해 잘 기억해 두시길 바랍니다.]

이민세관단속국 직원이 집으로 찾아오면 어떻게 대응해야 할까요?

문을 열지 마세요! 이민세관단속국은 형사재판 판사의 서명이 답긴 영장 없이는 집 안에 들어올 수 없습니다. 당신이 허락할 경우에만 집에 들어올 수 있습니다.

응답하지 마세요! 이민세관단속국은 당신의 어떤 발언이든 당신의 이민소송에 활용할 수 있으므로 침묵할 권리를 지키시길 바랍니다!

서명하지 마세요! 변호사와의 상의 없이는 이민세관단속국 직원이 제시하는 어떤 서류에도 서명하지 마십시오.

기록하고 보고하세요 (유니이티드위드립 핫라인  [United We Dream Hotline]  1-844-363-1423 으로 즉시 연락주세요)! 연방 정부 건물에 있는 경우가 아니라면 사진과 비다오로 상황을 기록하세요. 이민세관단속국 직원의 신분증 번호, 직원 수, 시간, 차령 종류 그리고 어떤 일이 일어났는지 가록하세요! 

맞서 싸우세요! 신뢰할만한 변호사를 구하고 당신의 소송에 대응할 모든 방법을 모색하세요. 구금될 경우 보석 석방이 가능할 수도 있습니다 - 희망을 잃지 마세요! 지역 단체들가 연계하여 구금 잽행으로부터 자신을 보호하세요!

( translation by @cheonjiwang)

Japanese (non-native translation):

ICE(アメリカの入国審査官)はお宅を来る、身の処し方。

扉を開かないでください!ICEをなし念書令状または許可入りません。 "Please pass the warrant under the door.“(「令状を下にドアずらしってください。」)言ってください。なくては、扉を開がないでください。

黙ってください!ICEは入植法律事件、そちら様の語句を逆手に取ります。従って、黙秘権を使います。"I plead the fifth amendment and choose to remain silent.“(「私は五修正を申し立てます。静粛を選びます。」)言ってください。

記名はありません!なし弁護士を話し合います。

深入を報告してください!今こそ、UWD(統一的な私たちは夢:移民団体)のホットライン1-844.343.1623を電話しまったください。写真とビデオと筆記:バッジの番号と代理店号と丁度経緯を撮ります。

戦ってください!頼もしい弁護士を受けてください。選択肢を探ります。もしもそちら様は捕まります、もしかして保釈しました。頑張ります!

(translation by @dynanu)

HINDI:

आई.सी.ई. आपके घर पर आयें तो क्या करें?

1. दरवाज़ा मत खोलें

आई.सी.ई. बिना साईन की गयी वॉरेंट से आपके घर में घूस नहीं सकते हैं। उनसे कहें कि वॉरेंट दरवाज़े के निचे स्लाइड करके देंगे, इससे पहले कि आप दरवाज़ा खोलें।

2. खामोश रहें

आप जो भी कहें आई.सी.ई. आपके अप्रवासन मुकदमे में आपके खिलाफ़ इस्तेमाल कर सकते हैं। अपना खामोश रहने का हक़ ले लें, जो अमेरिकन कानून से आपका है।

यह कहें: “ आई प्लीड द फ़िफ़्थ अमेंड्मेंट एंड चूज़ टू रीमैन साईलेंट ”

3. कुछ साईन मत करें

आई.सी.ई. आपको कुछ भी दें, बिना वकील से बात करते हुए उस पर साईन मत करें।

4. आक्रमन रीपोर्ट करें

एजेंट के बैज के अंक, एजेंट का संख्या, विस्तृत क्या हुआ –  उनका चित्र खींचें, फ़िल्म करें, और लिख दें। ततकाल रीपोर्ट करें। “United, We Dream” का फ़ोन नंबर 1-844-343-1623 है।

5. हार ना मानें

एक भरोसेवाले वकील पाएँ और यह पता करके कि आप अपने मुकदमे के ख़िलाफ़ क्या-क्या कर सकते हैं इसके उपर बात करें।  अगर आप अरेस्ट हो जाएँ, तब भी आपको ज़मानत मिल सकती है। उम्मीद रख लें !

(translation by @speakswithbutterflies)

FILIPINO TRANSLATION:

(Mga nilalaman ng litrato, isinalin sa Filipino)

Mga dapat gawin kapag pinuntahan kayo ng ICE

1. Huwag magbukas ng pinto. Hindi puwedeng pumasok ang ICE hangga’t wala silang pirmadong warrant o hindi niyo sila pinapapasok nang kusa. Sabihan niyo sila na ipasok ang warrant sa ilalim ng pintuan bago niyo sila pagbuksan.

2. Huwag magsalita. Puwedeng gamitin ng ICE ang kahit anong sabihin niyo para sa kaso niyo sa immigration. Gamitin ang inyong karapatang manahimik.

Sabihan niyo sila ng: “I plead the fifth amendment and choose to remain silent.”

3. Huwag pumirma. Huwag niyong pirmahan ang kahit anong ibibigay sa inyo ng ICE hangga’t hindi kayo nakakakonsulta ng abogado.

4. Isumbong ang raid! Tawagan niyo agad ang United We Dream hotline: 1-844-343-1623. Kumuha kayo ng mga litrato at video, at alalahanin ang lahat ng detalye: badge numbers (numero sa mga tsapa), bilang ng mga ahente ng ICE, at ang eksaktong pangyayari.

5. Lumaban! Kumuha kayo ng mapagkakatiwalaang abogado at pag-aralan ang lahat ng puwedeng paraan para ilaban ang inyong kaso. Kapag ipinakulong kayo, maaari pa kayong maka-piyansa. Huwag mawalan ng pag-asa!

(translation by @virtual-objects)

Italian (non-native) Translation:

Cose si deve fare in caso d’irruzione di ICE:

Non aprite la porta.

ICE non ha il diritto di entrare il vostro appartamento senza un mandato firmato (da un magistrato) e senza che voi date l’autorizzazione. Gli chiedete di infilare il mandato sotto la porta prima di aprirla.

Rimanete in silenzio. 

ICE puo usare tutto che dite contro voi nel vostro processo d’immigrazione allora affermate il vostro diritto a rimanere in silenzio. Dite: “Uso il mio diritto secondo il quinto emendamento e sceglio di stare zitto.”

Non firmate niente. 

Non firmate niente che ICE vi da senza parlare con un avvocato. 

Fate un rapporto. 

Per fare un rapporto immediato: numero verde dell’UWD: 1-844-343-1623. Fare foto e video e prendete appunti: numeri di insegne, il numero di agenti, essatamente che cosa è successo.

Rispondete! 

Trovate un avvocato affidabile e esaminare tutte le possibilità per il vostro processo. Se siete incarcerato, qualcuno vi portrebbe pagare la cauzione - non perdete la speranza!

(translation by @backupandround)

Farsi:

اگر ماموران ICE به خانه شنا سر زدند:

۱. در را باز نکنید. ماموران ICEنمیتوانند بدون حکم جلب امضا شده یا اجازه شما وارد خانه شما شوند. از آنها درخواست کنید حکم جلب را از زیر در به شما نشان بدهند. ۲. ساکت بمانید. آنها میتوانند هر چیزی که شما میگویید را علیه شنا استفاده کنند پس از حق سکوت خود استفاده کنید.  I plead the fifth ammendment and choose to remain silent. من از حق بند پنجم ان استفاده میکنم و بدون حضور وکیل صحبت نمیکنم. ۳.امضا نکنید. هیچ چیزی را بدون مشاوره با وکیل خود امضا نکنید. ۴. گزارش بدهید. بلافاصله با شماره۱۸۴۴۳۴۳۱۶۲۳ تماس بگیرید و حتما عکس, فیلم, یادداشت های مربوطه و شماره شناسایی ماموران حاضر را نگه دارید. ۵. از حق خود دفاع کنید. یک وکیل خوب استخدام کنید و به تمام گزینه ها فکر کنید. حتی اگر شما دستگیر شوید امکان ضمانت و آزادی موقت وجود دارد.

(translation by @browniegirl11235)

Chinese (not sure if Mandarin or Cantonese):

ICE掃蕩指引

當ICE來到你家門前你需要做的事

前請勿開門予ICE人員進門

在沒有法庭手令或被"主動開門迎接"的情況下他們是不可以隨便進入你的住所, 請要求他們在門口下方把手令插入來給你過目.

保持諴默

ICE可以把你說過的任何說話帶上法庭並以此作為對你的移民官司的指控證據之一, 所以請行使你的諴默權. 請說: “I plead the fifth amendment and choose to remian silence” 以表示你行使你保持諴默的法定權利

不要簽署文件

在沒有律師在場的情況下請勿簽署ICE給你的任何文件

舉報是次掃蕩

立即舉報給UWD (他們的熱線電話是1-844-343-1623) 並拍照/拍影片/紀錄ICE人員的人員編號/人數/以及發生了甚麼事

反抗

找一個可信任的律師去替你在移民官司中辯護並尋求一切可抵抗的辦法. 如果你被扣留, 你仍然有機會被保釋, 所以請勿放棄!

(translation by @sino-anglo)

Indonesian:

Hal Yang Harus Dilakukan Bila ICE Datang to Rumahmu

Jangan Membukai Pintu

ICE tidak boleh masuk ke rumahmu tanpa surat izin tertulis, atau bila anda membolehkan mereka masuk.

Tetap Diam

ICE memiliki kekuatan until memakai kata-kata anda untuk melawan pengadilan imigrasimu, jadi tuntutkan hak untuk tetap diam.

*mengatakan “I plead the fifth amendment and choose to remain silent”.

Jangan Menandatangani Apapun

Jangan menandatangani apapun yang diberi oleh ICE sebelum membicara dengan pengacara.

Melaporkan penyerbuannya

Segera di laporkan: UWD hotline 1-844-343-1623

Mengambil foto, video dan rekaman lainnya seperti nomor lencana, seberapa banyak agen yang dating, and apa yang persisnya terjadi.

Melawan balik!

Mencari pengacara yang andal dan menjelajah semua opsi until melawan kasus anda. Jika di tahan, anda masih bisa dikeluarkan- jangan putus asa!

(translation by @reallygayfanfiction)

Note: I will continue to update this post with translations as I find them, crediting and linking back to the translators as I do so. I do this in order to create an easier way of reblogging as many translations as possible. I will remove translations at the translator’s request. Thank you for your understanding.

You know if the plan here was to go for some dark “bad ending” bullshit then it was all fucked up. Let’s assume Urahara, Grimmjow, and Nel died, but Yoruichi and Yuushirou didn’t, although it doesn’t really matter except for Urahara. Here, it’s simple:

  • Rukia goes along with covering up the war with Wandenreich, she and Ichigo have a big fight about it
  • Ichigo quits, he finishes high school and just disappears, nobody knows where he’s gone, and it sure the hell isn’t Karakura
  • Ishida starts dating Orihime? Whatever, doesn’t really matter to this concept; sorry not sorry
  • Ditto Chad; again, sorry not sorry
  • So Ichigo winds up in the middle of nowhere somewhere… the Atacama, Algeria, Nevada… maybe the Peruvian Andes? A lot of Japanese immigrants in Peru. Point is, he spends the rest of his life training; just training
  • Meanwhile Soul Society rebuilds the Soukyoku, etc.
  • He writes to his sisters sometimes I guess
  • When he finally dies, and he probably only makes it to 50 or 60 or so (somewhere around 2035 to 2050), Earth is in a pretty bad state. He’s just left in his spirit body, looking every bit as old and grizzled as he did in life, and promptly opens a garganta
  • He goes to Hueco Mundo and just starts wiping it out, Hollows, Menos, Arrancar, Espada, everything; in short order there’s nothing left and the place is empty; if there’s no Hollows to be worried about, then taking out the Shinigami isn’t such a problem
  • Soul Society is quickly overwhelmed by the number of purified souls arriving and is stuck declaring a kind of martial law
  • He has Riruka and Yukio, now elderly, use their Fullbringer powers one last time and ascends to the Soul King’s realm, where he promptly wipes out Zero Division in pitched battle, and puts Soul King Yhwach in a Caja Negación for easy transport (Where’d he get it from? Good question, who cares, maybe a last present from Urahara)
  • He then descends to Soul Society, giving no fucks about the barriers because he’s now just that strong
  • He spends an afternoon taking out Soul Society. He destroys the new Soukyoku, the Maggot’s Nest, Central 46’s chambers, the Academy… He doesn’t kill the Shinigami, no. (Except for Mayuri.) He takes out their binding chains and soul sleep, just like Byakuya once did to him. All of them, except for Byakuya himself, Yoruichi, Renji… and Rukia.
  • Ichigo ignores all of them and descends into the prison complex, methodically destroying it until he reaches the final level holding Aizen; he releases what remains of Yhwach and promptly obliterates it just as the other four survivors arrive

“20,000 years of contemplation? No. You’re going to serve the same people you despise and wished to lord over. Forever,” Ichigo declared. There were only two remaining options that could serve as the Soul King, and damn if he was going to do it. He deserved rest.

Aizen remained cryptically silent.

With that Ichigo turned to face the others. “And now for all of you.”

Byakuya and Yoruichi both took up ready stances.

Renji gritted his teeth and charged forward with a yell.

Ichigo batted him aside easily, but his eyes never deviated from Rukia.

“How could you?!” she demanded.

“How could I? How could you!?” he roared back.

Rukia visibly flinched.

A cold grin took hold of Ichigo’s mouth. It faded into a bitter smile and then to careful neutrality. He tossed Zangetsu onto the floor between him and them.

Renji groaned off to one side, while the three Shinigami still standing all blinked.

“It’s yours now. It’s all yours, to do with as you see fit. You can do whatever you want, remake it any image you please. Whether you listen to all those people up there or not is up to you,” Ichigo stated. There weren’t going to be anymore orders or directives unless they were the ones issuing them.

“Do you know what you’ve done? We’ll have to start all over,” Yoruichi said grimly.

Ichigo raised his eyebrows in affirmation. That was the idea.

“And what of you, Kurosaki Ichigo? What will you do?” Byakuya inquired coolly.

“Disappear.” He kept his eyes steadily on Rukia for long moments before glancing down at the sword between them.

Her eyes went wide as she understood his intention.

“It’d hardly be the first time,” he continued quietly.

“You fool…” Rukia got out, her voice wavering as tears started to stream down her face.

“The name’s Kurosaki Ichigo, Shinigami.”

Rukia just stared at him for an eternity. At last she started forward, stopping to stoop and pick up Zangetsu along the way. It took her a whole minute to cross the short distance, halting in front of him. “It… it is not ‘Shinigami’, it is 'Kuchiki Rukia.’”

A rueful smile crossed Ichigo’s lips but he didn’t look up. “I see. Let’s pray this doesn’t become the last greeting… for both of us.” He finally lifted his head to meet Rukia’s gaze, looking into those ultramarine depths one last time. “Bye, Rukia.” He shut his eyes.

The only sound in the vast space was the splatter of blood as she pierced his heart for the third and final time.

He mouthed the words “Thank you.” Maybe next time.

Rukia smoothly withdrew the blade and decapitated him. 

Ichigo toppled over in two pieces, leaving his heart with her.

She managed to stand for a few moments longer before sinking to her knees and beginning to bawl.

That’s how you write a bad ending. (Hat tip to Escape From L.A.)

Never forget.

On February 19, 1942, the President of the United States authorized our government to incarcerate Americans simply because they looked like the enemy.

More than 110,000 American citizens and immigrants of Japanese ancestry were forced to give up their homes, businesses, and ways of life.

It was one of our worst civil liberties disasters.

#DayofRemembrance | DayofRemembrance.org

The US has a long history of being selfish jerks. We’ve not only refused Jewish refugees during WWII (even sent some back to Hilter…look it up), we’ve also put Japanese immigrants (and citizens of Japanese descent) in internment camps. We’ve been shitting on Latin American immigrants (and latino citizens) for a long time, even as we’ve exploited their labor to keep our food cheap. And now we’re screaming about the risks of welcoming Syrian refugees over a wrongly perceived threat (while the biggest sources of violence in our society go unchecked).
It is strange that we justify our collective disdain for immigrants with the need for “security.” We want to keep our jobs “secure” or our borders “secure” or our families “secure.”
All the while, we stand by while corporations outsource our jobs and we export our young to engage in conflicts kept fueled by hundreds of military bases around the globe.
We cry for security with our voices, but not our actions. And, in our fear, we look for scapegoats.
The immigrants among us are merely scapegoats. Open your eyes and see that this is true. We hate them because we are afraid and need someone to blame, and we lack the moral strength to blame ourselves.
—  Mark Van Steenwyk

According to Scott Watanabe, Big Hero 6 is set in an alternate future where after the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was rebuilt by Japanese immigrants using techniques that allow movement and flexibility in a seismic event. After the city was finished being rebuilt, it was renamed San Fransokyo due to it being a city with Japanese and American architecture combined.