Saturday, April 24, 2010

Video: Dark History

In 1942, in the midst of World War II, nearly 20,000 Japanese-Americans were taken to Santa Anita Park and held there as threats to American security.


ESPN televised a short segment about the Santa Anita Race Track, which was a temporary prison camp in 1942 that housed over 18,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans. Little has been told about these "Assembly Centers." They moved the horses out and moved us in. One day we were sleeping in our homes in Los Angeles, and the next night we are sleeping in horse stables.... without due process of law, without anything but 2 suitcases of clothing. We all showered in one large room where they washed down the horses after their races. The large room was divided in half by a plywood board, separating the men and women. We slept enclosed by barbed wire and guards in the guard towers. It was a frightening time for my parents, my brothers and sister and me, and thousands of famiilies like ours.

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