It started with an Executive Order.
Executive Order 9066
The Nikkei (Japanese American) Community knows all too well the reality and consequences of Executive Orders based on fear, hatred, and racism.
Seventy-five years ago, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, sending more than 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry to incarceration camps during World War II. More than 3,500 Portlanders were among them―forcibly removed from their homes; temporarily corralled in livestock stables in a facility we now know as the Expo Center; and shipped off to cold, desolate American Concentration Camps in places like Minidoka, Idaho. The Congressional Commission reported its findings that the causes for the incarceration of Japanese were race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership (1983).
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