450 Japanese-American students who were forced to leave The University of Washington during their course of study in 1942–to relocate to internment camps after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor–were awarded honorary degrees in a ceremony yesterday. Congratulasians to them all!
We feel like the timing for the ceremony couldn’t be better–in a new era of fearmongering, predatory hate focused on law-abiding, peaceful citizens of “dangerous” ancestry seems to be growing like wildfire. Suddenly, the ugly memory of the Japanese internment doesn’t seem like such a distant one.
Perhaps this ceremony was simply a timely reminder that fear has never gotten Americans anywhere good. Ever.
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