The LA Times recently published two letters to the editor in response to a piece that was, apparently, about the Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. I did not read the original piece, but I didn’t need to.
Note the reasoning. I am betting that you will see variations on it when someone inevitably proposes a registry for Muslim-Americans…
Steve Hawe argues in his letter:
- Japanese-Americans were “helped” or “kept safe” by being put behind barbed wire.
- There are so many of them that it was necessary for efficiency’s sake.
- “Staying out of the way and not causing complications” was the “job” assigned to Japanese-Americans.
Dick Venn argues that:
4. Japanese-Americans were actually fortunate because America was super nice and awesome to its own CITIZENS and did not slaughter Japanese-Americans like the Japanese slaughtered Filipinos in their captured lands. [I’m totally serious that is his reasoning… Totally ignoring the fact that MOST OF THEM WERE AMERICAN CITIZENS. I guess he assumes that if your eyes are slanty you just cannot possibly be a real American, but he didn’t explicitly say so, so that’s just an inference on my part.]