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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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Credit: George Takei / Facebook

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.

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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.

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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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Foul-Mouthed Karen Yells At People To Stop Playing Bad Bunny And Play ‘American’ Music Instead

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Foul-Mouthed Karen Yells At People To Stop Playing Bad Bunny And Play ‘American’ Music Instead

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Puerto Rico is part of the United States. Puerto Ricans are American citizens (without the right to vote). Music made in Puerto Rico would then be considered American music since it is part of the U.S. However, one Karen in Wisconsin just doesn’t understand that and had a complete meltdown.

A very angry white woman went on an expletive-filled rant against people barbecuing in the park because of their music.

My first Karen was today. Todo por que no le gusta la musica que escuchamos 😂 #KarenWantTalkToTheManager Stop Being Racist. To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.com

Posted by Ramon Luis Cancel on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A woman made a point recently to verbally attack a Puerto Rican family while barbecuing in a park. What did they do to offend the woman? They were playing Bad Bunny. The woman, who has not been identified, called on the group to play American music because they are in America.

“You are so fucking disrespectful,” the Wisconsin Karen told the group when they called her disrespectful. “Puerto Ricans. Fuck all this.”

During her rant, the group turns on Bad Bunny’s “Safaera” and continued to argue with her.

“Safaera” is one of Bad Bunny’s most popular songs. It would be pretty hard to convince people that this song is something that should be turned off. Like, Why can’t people just enjoy their time out and about without having to get into a racist, xenophobic argument?

Some Puerto Ricans on Twitter made sure to remind her how lucky she is to be in Wisconsin.

This isn’t the first time someone was verbally harassed in a park for showing their Puerto Rican heritage. One man was charged with a hate crime after trying to attack a woman in Chicago who was wearing a shirt with a Puerto Rican flag on it. It is a true testament to their resolve that the Puerto Rican family being yelled at were able to stay calm and level-headed. Granted, they did argue back but it seems they were provoked.

It seems the woman needs a basic civics lesson on how Puerto Ricans are Americans.

A poll conducted by Morning Consult found that half of Americans do not know that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. The confusion has been exacerbated by President Trump during the early stages of Hurricane Maria recovery. The Trump administration has been criticized for its treatment of Puerto Rico.

People commented on the Facebook video about how else the situation could have been handled.

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If she wants to hear American music, then let her hear American music. Crank that volume all the way up and let her hear the true range of American music. There’s nothing better than educating someone when they let their ignorance be known.

One person is just feeling bad for the man clearly trying to get the confrontational woman moving.

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He really just wants to keep it moving. It is almost like he realized before she did that being on camera saying racist things is not a good look in the time of social media and doxxing.

Smartphones have changed the way we live by giving us a chance to capture moments like this and broadcast them to the world. Social media serves as a way to really make the most out of the public shaming.

READ: Felony Hate Crime Charges Have Been Filed Against The Man Who Harassed A Woman For Wearing A Puerto Rico Flag Shirt

A Louisiana Cop Has Been Fired After Saying It Was ‘Unfortunate’ That The Coronavirus Hasn’t Killed More Black People

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A Louisiana Cop Has Been Fired After Saying It Was ‘Unfortunate’ That The Coronavirus Hasn’t Killed More Black People

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study released last week, as U.S. deaths from the Coronavirus approached the 100,000 mark, shows that the black population is dying of the virus at a rate 3.57 times higher than the white population. In some places, such as New York, that rate is even higher.

That is apparently not enough for a Louisiana police officer, who has been fired for writing on Facebook that it is “unfortunate” more black people have not died of the deadly illness.

A white Louisiana cop has been fired following a social media post that revealed his views on the Coronavirus and black people.

Steven Aucoin was a police officer with the Kaplan Police Department – a town about 60 miles outside the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge. He was fired earlier this month after an investigation showed he made extremely racist comments on a Facebook post.

Aucoin’s comments, which were shown in a screenshot of the live stream, were in response to another user who described the Coronavirus as the “virus that was created to kill all the BLACKS is death.” The officer clearly responded with two statements, “Well it didn’t work.” And directly under that comment he then said, “How unfortunate.”

In another section of the thread, Aucoin wrote, “I can’t wait until the next part of the plan is implemented and they see what’s in store for their kind.”

The police chief investigated the comments and quickly fired Aucoin.

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According to Kaplan Police Chief Joshua Hardy, the matter was looked into, investigated, and Aucoin was fired shortly after.

In a brief statement posted to Facebook, the agency said “Chief Hardy and the Kaplan Police Department would like to apologize for this matter. As a police officer, we’re held to a higher standard than normal civilians, so you got to watch what you do. You got to watch what you say.”

Aucoin’s firing was met with some applause – including in meme form – on the department’s Facebook page.

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“I applaud your swift and decisive action regarding this matter,” one commenter wrote. “Your willingness to serve notice on bigotry and ignorance is a genuine representation of redoubtable leadership that is necessary during these difficult times.”

The racist officer’s comments and firing comes as a number of high-profile racial incidences have made headlines across the country.

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Just a few weeks ago, the brutal murder of Ahmaud Arbery – a 25-year-old black man – made headlines after a video was shared on social media of former police officer Gregory McMichael and son Travis that chasing and gunning him down. The two men were arrested and public outrage over the lack of response from local officials in February has been wide-spread.

Shortly after that, a video showing a white Minneapolis Police Department officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for over 8 minutes, until he died, has sparked outrage and massive protests against the murder around the country.

Also in May, a white woman named Amy Cooper was walking her dog off the leash in Central Park in New York. When a black man  – Christian Cooper, who was out bird watching – asked if she could put her dog on the leash, she called the cops on him, saying her life was being threatened by an ‘African American man’. She has since been terminated from her job as head of insurance investment solutions at Franklin Templeton on Tuesday, having been placed on administrative leave a day earlier.