In America people like to pretend that certain things didn’t happen and they like to try to encourage you to go with that program by getting super pissed at you for bringing up “negative” memories from the past. I guess for some people facts become being pessimistic when it makes other people look like total assholes. You know the genocide of the Native American population, slavery, the Bracero Program, the list goes and on and, but today we’re going to talk about the internment of Japanese-Americans.
With all of the talk of races not getting along, you’d think all of us hate each other, but that’s completely off base.
For years we had to live together Latino, Asian, black and people in between. Lots of older LA born Asian, Latino and African people are really good friends. There’s some tight history and a lot of love between people of color, but no one ever wants to talk about that.
Many people who are outside of the Eastside don’t realize that there were lots of Asian-Americans on the Eastside, lots of older Japanese-Americans are still there and if you go down to the Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights you’ll see even more evidence of this.
This new the “green” and “purple” people are fighting each other seems to be a new interesting hit getting thing to write about by some white bloggers.
Hey I got a question why are white bloggers so concerned about how people of color are getting along? Cops still beat all of us up, how about you write about that? I think the LAPD has an ethnic cleansing program and I’m pretty terrified, maybe someone will pick that up and spread it.
Minorities have been dying owing to gang violence for YEARS, so what’s the concern now? I’ve read more post about that on the more mainstream blogs and half of these people probably have exactly one black friend and one Latino friend and the black and Latino friends they do have probably are the types that have these conversations, “I think people make a big deal about race and it’s not a big deal, you know. I wish people of color, yeah I know I’m one of them, but I’m not really one of them. I’m from the suburbs. I don’t see color, and I listen to KROQ. Why don’t they let it go, so people will forget about it and then I can maybe just become a white person, if it weren’t for these angry people of color, my life would be so much easier…” You know those minorities that think racism exists because minorities do not know how to be positive.
Anyways I’m pretty sure I have no problem at all with other people of color. No one of color has denied me a job or a loan (at least not anymore than white people and I’m pretty sure it’s less, but I don’t favor one group, I just favor people who like me), so you know, no problems on that front.
During WW2 Japanese-Americans were interned in LARGE numbers, owing to racism. And by interned I mean put in concentration camps by the United States government. And by put in concentration camps I mean rounded up like criminals taken from schools, neighborhoods, their homes, packed into motorized vehicles and locked up in various locations in parts of California where no one lives in, usually in the desert, usually in places like Manazanar.
The US likes to do its dirty work, privately. That’s why bloggers from alll perspective are important. If something is not written down, it didn’t happen and if something is in Wikipedia someone will fight you too the death in regards to them being right, because of that.
But in all of that ugliness a beautiful story sprung from it. There was one guy who wasn’t of Japanese descent, who wasn’t married to a person of Japanese descent, but went to the concentration camps anyway. His name was Ralph Lazo he was a Belmont high school student of Latino and Irish descent as a 16 year old he volunteered to be interned with his friends and stayed there for two years until he got drafted into WW2.
I guess you’re never too young to be a revolutionary.
He is the only record of a non-Japanese descent person who voluntarily interned themselves with Japanese-Americans during WW2.
When I read that story I thought, “That’s pretty fucking deep.”
I don’t know why people take isolated incidents that are negative and make big fucking deals about them.
Why don’t they take issues like Ralph Lazo’s story and make big deals about those kinds of things?
I think it’s just as interesting.
Credits- The photo of Ralph Lazo was gotten from the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress website.
Disclaimer, I’m not saying you’re a total sell-out because you listened to KROQ in your youth. I listened to KROQ, but I keep it real. I just have bad taste in music.