post a link to a great article in our local paper about Manzanar. if you don't know what that is, well, it was one of the internment camps that our government forced mostly American citizens to move to because they were 1/16th or more of Japanese descent. (Wikipedia has a great entry on the camp) yeah, I am not going to get into the politics of that decision. I wasn't there. I have my views and if you know me....well, then it shouldn't be too hard for you to figure out how I feel about it all. if you need a little hint.....I wrote my upper division California History report on Manzanar (to Joe Serna...... in case you follow local politics) and cried several times while researching and writing the paper.
oh, but why didn't I post the link?!?!? because of something that has become so overwhelmingly prevalent in the day of the anonymous internet: the comments. I don't want you to see how horrible people still treat each other......and how the comments have turned to bitter tirades against other commenters, against other ethnic groups, etc. everyone is entitled to their own opinion....but where is the respect? did these people learn NOTHING from what happened at Manzanar??
the respect is at Manzanar.....atleast now it is. the article talked about an annual trek made by people who survived the camps, their descendents, as well as others. these others weren't persecuted, but went to see and show their respect. one day I would like to take my boys. I want them to know what they probably won't learn in their US or California History class.
so, anyway.....that is my heavy topic for the day. take a moment today and be thankful that most of us live in this world free of persecution.......and do whatever small thing you can do so that others can enjoy the same freedom!