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How do these photographs make you feel?

Asked by cinnamonk (5402points) December 9th, 2016

Dorothea Lange, the Depression-era photojournalist best known for the 1936 photo Migrant Mother, took this series of photographs documenting the relocation of Japanese-Americans to internment camps in California in the early 1940s.

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snowberry's avatar

Sad. I hope it will never happen again, but I’m sure it will. Next time they probably won’t target the Japanese, they will target another people group (there are plenty to choose from). They, meaning anyone with the will and the power to do so, in the US or anywhere else. History is full of this type of behavior.

gondwanalon's avatar

It doesn’t make me feel good. A deceitful hostile enemy just did a surprise attack taking out an entire naval base in Pearl Harbor. Drastic actions were taken. War is crazy and mistakes were made. Bottom line: The U.S.A. did not start it but won the war and Japan lost. I’m happy about that.

rojo's avatar

I hope we have someone with as discerning an eye to document the coming internment of Americans and others here in the U.S. over the next few years.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

^^It’s already happened, @rojo. In October 2013, the incarceration rate of the United States was the highest in the world, at 716 per 100,000 of the national population. While the United States represents about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners.

Florida, Louisiana and Alabama have some of the worst prisons in the world. Prisoners are starved, boiled alive in super-heated showers, beaten to death, their cells are set on fire and they are burned alive—and nobody gives a shit.

The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation and incarceration in camps in the interior of the country of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the Pacific coast. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens. Insult upon injury came when the were released. Many found that their businesses, homes and personal property had been legally stolen by members of the Anglo communities around them.

By comparison, the Japanese internment camps were cake. That is a really, really sad statement on our present prison system.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Terrible as they were, the camps probably saved a lot Japanese lives. I can easily imagine mob mentality blaming the neighborhood Japanese family for every power outage or infrastructure problem that popped up. Add a little alcohol and wild exaggerated news reports from the front and you have a recipe for lynchings.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

I give props to Japanese Americans for not dragging the issue on for decades and considering me personally responsible for bad decisions made by others long before I was born.

Mariah's avatar

Heart-breaking and inexcusable. What’s worse is that we’re probably about to repeat our mistakes with Muslims. We never fucking learn.

cinnamonk's avatar

@SecondHandStoke are you trying to compare the ~5 years of legal internment of people of Japanese ancestry to the hundreds of years of slavery, hundred years of legal discrimination, and decades of continued oppression in the post-civil rights era experienced by black people? Right, fuck black people for “dragging on the issue” obviously all their problems are of their own creation and racism doesn’t exist.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Terrible as they were, the camps probably saved a lot Japanese lives. I can easily imagine mob mentality blaming the neighborhood Japanese family f

Only Japanese people on the west coast were interned, and many of them were able to leave the camps for elsewhere in the the US. I’ve known a couple of people whose parents and grandparents came to Chicago during the war, straight from internment.

Granted, the number were small compared to California, but there wasn’t mob action against them.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

What I think is US slave trade meets Trail of Tears, meets Auschwitz.

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