San Diego officially apologizes for supporting Japanese American incarceration during WWII

San Diego formally apologized and announced the repeal of a 1942 resolution that supported the imprisonment of many Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Council members Tuesday recognized the city's racist past when it incarcerated more than 1,900 San Diego County residents of Japanese descent in concentration camps in the western United States and Arkansas during World War II.
"It's incredibly important that we identify and directly address past racist acts and past injustices," Council President Sean Elo-Rivera said. "We can acknowledge the wrongs the city has committed."
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The San Diego Council had passed a resolution repealing Resolution 76068, which ordered the FBI to forcibly remove residents of Japanese descent from the county and transfer them to 10 concentration camps in the western United States. The forced removal went into effect after then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 9066 (E.O. 9066) on February 19, 1942.
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In addition to repealing the 1942 resolution, which they called "racist, unjust, and a form of hate," the San Diego Council also approved an apology to the Japanese-American community.
“The San Diego City Council apologizes to all people of Japanese descent for its past actions in support of the unjust expulsion, expulsion and imprisonment of Japanese of America [sic] and residents of Japanese descent during World War II and for its failure to protect civil rights and civic rights To support and defend the freedoms of these individuals during this time," the apology reads.
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Over 120,000 people of Japanese descent were imprisoned during World War II weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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"This is not just about looking back, but hopefully also recognizing how quickly political tricks can turn into real damage and how important it is that we take a stand against it," Elo-Rivera emphasized Tuesday's actions at the Japanese -to help the American community to heal and prevent past events from repeating themselves.
Members and leaders of the Japanese American community welcomed the City Council's actions. They also noted how the 1942 resolution had stripped the property and dignity of thousands of Japanese Americans.
“The trauma of this racist act, the shame it brought on the Japanese-American community to be targeted as spies, was deep and painful. You reaffirm your commitment -- the city's commitment -- to the promises of the Constitution," said Kay Ochi, president of the San Diego chapter of the Japanese American Historical Society, whose U.S. citizen parents were imprisoned in Arizona from 1942 to 1945.
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The latest apology came after several cities in the United States and Canada apologized for past atrocities against Asians. Some of these cities are Denver, San Francisco, San Jose, Antioch and Vancouver.
Featured image via Don Graham (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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