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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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