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Not So Private Idaho: 1942

Not So Private Idaho: 1942

July 1942. "Rupert, Idaho. Japanese-American farm workers at an FSA camp formerly used by CCC boys (Civilian Conservation Corps). Barracks, sanitary facilities, laundry, clinic, etc." Euphemistically known at the time as the Minidoka War Relocation Center. Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


Conservative means never having to say you're sorry

JennyPennifer, I understand the memorial over the USS Arizona is a very emotional place and what happened there was terrible. But it did not justify locking up 100,000 U.S. citizens who had nothing to do with the attack. Please consider how our system of justice works, because this was an injustice. And when a government commits an injustice against its own citizens, it should apologize.

Kilroy, I addressed the letter to white people for two reasons. First, President Roosevelt did not make the decision to sign Executive Order 9066 in a vacuum. Please watch the 30-minute video in the Minidoka War Relocation Center link Dave provided. FDR was being pressured by public sentiment and some powerful people. JennyPennifer appears to still agree with General John DeWitt (see segment starting at 4 minutes). Second, the ending about switching places doesn't work as well if the letter is addressed to a 59-year-old millionaire.

War, what is it good for?

Dear Liberal People:

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2,403 U.S. personnel, including 68 civilians, and destroyed or damaged 19 U.S. Navy ships, including 8 battleships. The battleship USS Arizona remains sunken in Pearl Harbor with its crew onboard. Half of the dead at Pearl Harbor were on the Arizona. A United States flag flies above the sunken battleship, which serves as a memorial to all Americans who died in the attack.

What did the United States have to apologize for? Absolutely nothing.

[Eventually it did apologize for incarcerating its own citizens, who had nothing to do with the attack. - Dave]

White People?

Perhaps Doug Floor Plan should change his salutation from "Dear white people" to "Dear President Franklin Delano Roosevelt." You know, the person who actually signed Executive Order 9066 to put American citizens into relocation camps. Interestingly enough, FDR was one of our most liberal presidents.

They're writing letters to the editor

Dear White People,

We are American citizens, born on the same soil as you. Yet you have seen fit, with two weeks' notice, to deprive our families of my livelihood, our home, and all the possessions we cannot carry on our persons. You have locked entire families in internment camps in remote areas, surrounded by armed guards and barbed wire fences although none of us has been charged with any crime.

It will take forty years before you acknowledge what you're doing now was so very wrong. But even then, you will offer only a lukewarm apology, never acknowledging your actions were motivated by blatant racism. And to those of us still living in forty years, we will be given $20,000. But I ask you, white people, would you trade places with me now so you could receive a nice letter and $20,000 forty years from now, if you're still living?

Wood furnace?

Interesting photo. The one fellow sitting on the end of the bed...he's the only one that seems to be lost in thought. Is that a wood furnace? I only found one picture that is kinda close.

[I think the proper nomenclature would be wood stove. - Dave]

I'm not sure about that.
Note the Moncrief model 4020

That woodstove (?)

I've never seen quite such a contraption!

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