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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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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.

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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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Barbie Discusses White Privilege, Racial Profiling, and Microaggressions On Her YouTube Channel

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Barbie Discusses White Privilege, Racial Profiling, and Microaggressions On Her YouTube Channel

Barbie may have the reputation of being just a kid’s doll without much substance behind her shiny plastic face, but the truth is, the brand is seeking to do much more than that.

Last Wednesday, Barbie posted a video to her YouTube channel where she tackled the difficult topic of racism.

For those of you who don’t know, Barbie has a popular YouTube channel where she appears as an animated character in vlog-style videos. On her channel, along with videos like “DIY Rainbow Summer Party Ideas” and ” My Puppy Did My Homework?”, Barbie also tackles more serious topics from mental health to bullying.

In her most recent video, titled “Barbie and Nikki Discuss Racism,” Barbie invited her friend Nikki (who is Black) to discuss specific experiences in Nikki’s life where she felt she was treated unfairly due to the color of her skin.

Nikki then took center stage, telling stories of the microaggressions and unfair treatment that she has experienced as a Black woman. The language and concepts were in plain language that was easy for young viewers to understand.

Nikki starts by telling a story about how she was racially profiled. “Barbie and I had a sticker-selling contest on the beach last month. We split up and went our separate directions to see who could sell the most. While I was on the boardwalk, beach security stopped me three times. The security officer thought I was doing something bad, even though I was doing exactly the same thing that you were doing.”

Nikki goes on to tell another story about how her new French teacher discounted her amazing exam results by telling her she just “got lucky”. Nikki decided not to join the French Club because she didn’t want to have to keep proving herself.

At one point, Nikki says: “People did these things because I was Black, and they made the wrong assumptions about me.”

Through the video, Barbie is an ideal ally, offering Nikki kindness, support and empathy. She never tries to make her feelings seem invalid. She even tells the viewers about white privilege: “That means that white people get an advantage that they didn’t earn, and Black people get a disadvantage that they don’t deserve.”

According to Mattel Executive Lisa McKnight, these types of videos are part of their quest to “leverage” their “global platform” to tackle important topics.

“Being an ally includes having difficult conversations to better understand discrimination,” McKnight said to Insider. “We hope that by leveraging Barbie and Nikki to explore these conversations in a kid-friendly format, we can spark productive discussions for families and empower our next generation of leaders to become advocates for change, raising their voices against racism.”

We can’t wait to see what else Barbie teaches children through her YouTube channel.

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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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On Monday, Twitter announced that it has suspended 15 Twitter accounts of “Black Trump supporters” that they discovered were fake. The accounts were similar in nature, tweeting out nearly identical messages, like “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” and “VOTE REPUBLICAN”. The accounts quickly amassed thousands of followers and retweets.

The fake “Black Trump Supporter” accounts were discovered by social media disinformation researcher Darren Linvill, who flagged the accounts and reported them to Twitter.

The accounts violate Twitter’s rule barring users from using the platform “in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience.”

The Twitter accounts sourced their profile photos through internet image searches. One profile photo even included the search term “black man photo” at the top of the profile photo–proving that someone stole the photo from the internet and (sloppily) cropped it. Others were revealed, via reverse-image searching, to be generic stock photos of Black people.

The accounts seemed to follow a pattern: the Black Trump supporters were devout Christians, veterans, blue-collar workers, police officers…you get the picture. 

“They are impersonating Black Trump supporters, Black authoritative figures such as veterans and police officers, and various prominent individuals in order to gain rapid traction and virality,” said cybersecurity manager Lee Foster to The Washington Post.

Linvill says that the accounts don’t necessarily appear to be a coordinated campaign, although he did find traces of the Russian alphabet  in the accounts’ online records. Linvill hypothesizes that the accounts might have had monetary motives–they often tweeted out links to buy Trump merchandise. 

Another theory is that, based on the timing, whoever created the fake accounts is trying to change what appears to be the persistent narrative that President Trump is racist. The accounts became much more active in recent months, around the time when Trump refused to condemn white supremacist groups on national TV. These “Black Trump supporters” make it seem like he actually has the support of Black Americans. 

But polls and surveys prove that Trump is highly unpopular among Black Americans. The Pew Research Center shows that 81% of Black voters support Biden in the upcoming election. 

These most recent fake Twitter accounts are one of the many ways that the Republican Party has been attempting to manipulate voters this election cycle. Along with spreading disinformation, the party has set up unsanctioned ballot drop-off boxes across California. The Governor of Texas, Rick Abbott (R) also made headlines recently for restricting the amount of official ballot boxes in Texas to only one per county–a move that critics slammed as a transparent attempt to suppress the Latino vote.

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