When your basic civil liberties and constitutional rights are fundamentally violated, who is your enemy?
The Road to Manzanar: The Story of an American Internment Camp | Truthstream Media
Melissa Dykes presents an incredible documentary on the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California – one of ten internment camps the Army used to house Japanese-Americans without charge or trial after the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II.
“We happened to pass by it off the side of the road during a filming road trip back in 2020 prior to the lockdowns and when I saw the guard tower at the entrance to a national park, I had no idea what it was.
“Despite having earned a master’s degree, I had never been taught about the history of Japanese-American internment in school, and that includes two university level American history classes, one of which specifically covered WWII supposedly in-depth. I wouldn’t learn about it until years later during my own history research. Why wasn’t this history ever taught?”
“This dark moment in history is one of the saddest pieces I have ever made, but I think people need to see it and learn about this, so history doesn’t get to repeat these human rights violations on the next “minority” because of the majority’s hysteria and fear.”Melissa Dykes
- The internment of individuals of Japanese ancestry was carried out without any documented acts of espionage or sabotage or other acts of disloyalty.
- There was no military or security reason for their internment.
- The internment of the individuals of Japanese ancestry was caused by racial prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.
- The basic civil liberties and constitutional rights of those individuals of Japanese ancestry interned were fundamentally violated.
“We can only hope the lessons of this atrocity will never be forgotten, that the kind of ignorance and fear driven insanity and division that led America to a dark place that enabled such a horrid violation of human rights will not be repeated. That these history lessons will endure so that a point in our past so abominably low will never be allowed to happen again.”
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