I was browsing through some articles on Huffington Post and came across this ONE. It’s the story about a Japanese man walking across the stage at a high school graduation, 72 years after he received his diploma.
Don Miyada who was 17 at the time back in 1942, was rounded up with his family and thousands of others and placed into interment camps in the middle of the Arizona desert. This move came right after the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. The move to send thousands of Japanese-Americans into internment camps came after the horrific attacks in Hawaii, spreading fear across the west coast that Japanese-Americans who were living close to bases and other major cities could possibly be spies or have ties to the Japanese Empire. President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, sending the Japanese into these camps.
Reading the report of Dr. Miyada getting that chance he never have to walk across the stage at a high school graduation is very moving. Here was a young man that was uprooted with his family, sent to a camp against their will, and with no way to legally fight back. Dr. Miyada actually served in the military after he was released from the camp!
I don’t want to make this some history lesson, but it is something that Americans can never forget. Americans can’t simply forget or claim they don’t know what happened on the home front during the war. I understand that during that era, things were different. I would find it hard for a President these days to pull something like that in front of the American people, but we must learn from the past. If someone can sign a paper and take away right to due process or any other rights that we hold true as Americans, well, then they aren’t right, they are privileges (thank you George Carlin for that one). So enjoy the article. It was something that came across my screen and had my attention right away.