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Watch George Takei Make A Solid Case About Why Donald Trump Is Like Japanese Internment Camps In Spanish

George Takei was a young boy in the 1940s during World War II. After the attacks on Pearl Harbor, military officials targeted him and his family because they looked like the kind of people responsible for the attack. The U.S. government overreached and forcibly removed thousands of Japanese-Americans from their homes and placed them in internment camps around the country. Takei still remembers those years and fears that we are seeing the same kind of rhetoric from Donald Trump today as we saw from the U.S. government then.

George Takei took to Facebook to address his fans, in Spanish, on the fear of Donald Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric.

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In the video, Takei offers a historical and very personal story about the dangers of falling for fear-filled rhetoric that does nothing more than target groups of people, and when there’s no real base for said fear.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. made the knee-jerk reaction to round up all Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast and forcibly sent them to internment camps. Takei’s family was rounded up with the rest.

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In total, about 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced from their homes and lost all their belongings because people feared that the Japanese-American population was a risk to Americans. People, like George Takei, could only take with them what they could physically carry with them. Many of those detained were U.S. citizens.

One of Takei’s major concerns is that Trump has yet to make any real plan on how he will round up undocumented immigrants. Nor has he really stated how he will vet those forcibly detained.

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All Trump has been able to say is that he will round them up and send them back in the most humane way possible, but he referenced “Operation Wetback” when saying that. “Operation Wetback” was a U.S. government sanctioned rounding up of people of Mexican descent after WWII to send them back to Mexico. U.S. citizens were among those deported and thousands died due to the conditions.

The how matters because the U.S. government was not ready for the influx of Japanese-Americans being detained meaning that Takei and his family spent four weeks sleeping and living in a horse stable at a local racetrack.

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A f*cking horse stable! Several government officials have already said that the country will not be capable of mass deporting the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country. With too few resources to actually move that many people, it would only be a matter of time that Mexican immigrant families, and possibly some U.S. citizens of Latino descent, would also find themselves in a similar situation.

Takei then points out the “a Jap is a Jap” argument, and it’s a terrifying similarity to Trump’s “a Mexican is a Mexican” mentality. Like, when he said Judge Curiel is biased because of his Mexican heritage.

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Despite the judge being born in Indiana, which makes him an American citizen at birth, Trump argued that Judge Curiel’s Mexican background automatically made him biased. This was even too far for Republican officials, though many eventually folded their tails between their legs and stood behind Trump to save their political careers.

Takei made sure to tie it together in the end. He makes the case — and a solid one at that — that what his family experienced will likely happen to Mexican immigrants if we allow Trump to win the presidency.

Credit: George Takei / Facebook

For Takei, watching this is personal and will only allow for America’s dark history to repeat itself.

So, he ends the video asking Latinos to get out and vote to ensure the safety of our nation and its people.

Credit: George Takei / Facebook

And, again, he did it all in Spanish to reach as many Latinos as possible.

Watch the full video below and get ready to learn a bit about U.S. racial history.

Some thoughts, en español!Turn up the volume! Many don’t know that I speak and understand Spanish. In fact, I grew up with many Mexican American neighbors in LA. This message, regarding my own personal experience with racial demonization, is addressed in Spanish to my Latino fans and their families and friends. I hope I did the language justice.

Posted by George Takei on Wednesday, July 20, 2016


READ: Donald Trump Thinks ‘Operation Wetback’ was a Successful Example of Mass Deportation

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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It’s an unfortunate reality that Latinos face immense amounts of racism in America. Case in point: a Florida doctor is facing hate crime charges after assaulting a Latino man at a supermarket.

According to police, a 58-year-old woman followed a Latino man out to the parking lot, keyed his car, smashed his phone, and punched him–all the while hurling racially-charged insults at him.

The altercation happened on Jan. 20th at a Publix supermarket in Hialeah, Florida–a town with a large Latino population. It all started when the victim, an unnamed Latino man, asked Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright to maintain social distancing in Spanish. After she ignored him, the man repeated the question in English.

It was at this point that Dr. Wright, who is an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, became incensed and began muttering curse words under her breath. After the man left the grocery store, Dr. Wright followed him out to the parking lot.

She began to verbally berate him, calling him a “spic” and telling him “we should have gotten rid of you when we could.”

According to the police report, she also said: “This is not going to be Biden’s America, this is my America.” The woman then took her keys out an began to “stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys” while telling him to “go back to his country”.

The man took out his phone to call 911 and the woman allegedly punched him, causing him to drop his phone. When he bent over to pick his phone up, she allegedly kicked him and tried to stomp on his phone.

The woman fled before the police came, but she was arrested on Feb 12th at her home in Miami Springs.

The woman was initially charged with tampering with a victim, criminal mischief and battery with prejudice. The “hate crime” charge was later added, elevating the crime to a felony.

According to reports, Wright posted her $1000 bail and is now awaiting trial. Mount Sinai Medical Center released a statement saying that Dr. Wright is “no longer responsible for patient care” after assaulting a Latino man.

According to the Miami Herald, neighbors know Dr. Jennifer Wright as an ardent Trump supporter. Her social media pages are riddled with far-right, Pro-Trump memes and photos of her posing in a MAGA hat. She even uploaded a post that read: “It’s Okay To Be White.”

We can all agree that it’s “okay” to be white. It’s okay to be any race. We cannot, however, all agree that it’s okay to be a violent, racist bigot. We hope the victim has recovered and we hope Jennifer Wright will face justice.

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Arizona Congresswoman Says That Hispanics Are ‘Good Workers’ But Shouldn’t Get Vaccines Before ‘American Citizens’

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Arizona Congresswoman Says That Hispanics Are ‘Good Workers’ But Shouldn’t Get Vaccines Before ‘American Citizens’

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Coronavirus infection rates are falling drastically, but a new debate rages on: how to quickly, effectively, and ethically distribute vaccines to as many people as possible.

Last week, Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko stated that Hispanic people–despite being “good workers”–shouldn’t get vaccinated before “American citizens”.

“I worked with people that are Hispanic,” Rep. Lesko said “I mean they’re very good workers…We’re compassionate people, but for goodness sakes, we have to take care of American citizens, or people that are here legally, first.”

She continued: “I’m just not going to be able to explain to my senior citizens that we’re giving away the vaccines to people that (are) here illegally. I just think that’s totally wrong.”

“My Democratic colleagues are putting illegal immigrants over them,” Lesko said during the hearing. “If I read it right, all this amendment says is put Americans first. Put Americans first, and once they’re all vaccinated, then you can go to the illegal immigrants.”

The statement was made during a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing where representatives were debating an amendment to a COVID-19 relief bill.

The Republican amendment suggested prioritizing American citizens over non-citizens when it comes to getting vaccinated first. Democrats argued that purposefully excluding non-citizens from getting vaccinated would keep the virus from being properly contained.

“The vaccine has no clue about where you come from, whether you have papers, whether you’re considered a citizen or legal or not,” said Democratic Congresswoman from Illinois, Jan Schakowsky. “It makes no sense. This is dangerous.”

Arizona State Senator Martin Quezada told NBC News that Lesko’s statement “reeks of racism.”

“There are a lot of people of color in her district and for her to be disconnected and really that offensive about how she sees us, as nothing more than good workers and not entitled to equitable vaccine distribution,” he said.

When asked about her remarks, Rep. Lesko defend them to political outlet The Hill: “Taken in context, my remarks clearly were aimed at ensuring that seniors receive taxpayer-funded vaccines before illegal immigrants,” she said. “During debate on the amendment, after being interrupted several times, I said something that could be misinterpreted, but it certainly was not my intent.”

But it seems that it this point, Lesko is trying to do damage control. Just today, she tweeted out a picture of the local “Hispanic Advisory Board”, accompanied by a caption written completely in Spanish.

“Estoy orgullosa por el lanzamiento de nuestra Junta Asesora Hispana, la primera reunión fue anoche,” the tweet read. “Esta se enfocará en las maneras en que podemos servir mejor a los miembros de nuestra comunidad Hispana en Arizona!” (“I am proud of the launch of our Hispanic Advisory Board, the first meeting was last night. It will focus on ways we can better serve members of our Hispanic community in Arizona!“)

Serving a state that is 30% Hispanic, it seems like Lesko may now be regretting her previous comments…

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