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Fwd: History of Japanese Segregation in SCruz During WWII

As immigrants from Muslim majority nations are being forced to "register" in Los Angeles now, people assume that it can't happen here. But it already did once, when Japanese, Japanese Americans, and Italians were kicked out of Santa Cruz in 1942.

It happened here, too

On February 19, 1942, a little more than two months after the United States entered World War II, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. It authorized the Secretary of War, or his designate, to define military areas and to exclude from them citizens and aliens alike. By the authority of Executive Order 9066, General John L. DeWitt, Western Defense Commander, created Military Area no. 1 and excluded from it all persons of Japanese ancestry. Santa Cruz County was part of Military Area no. 1. All Japanese and Japanese-American residents of the County either moved out or were evacuated and imprisoned in relocation centers. "All this was done despite the fact that not a single documented act of espionage, sabotage or fifth column activity was committed by an American citizen of Japanese ancestry or by a resident Japanese alien on the West Coast." 1 Without criminal charges or trials of any kind, these individuals were denied their Constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property.

Our own Santa Cruz Sentinel even editorialized AGAINST Japanese Americans in 1942.
Santa Cruz Sentinel-News, Morning Edition. February 19, 1942. p.1.

This is no time for expansive discourses on protection of civil liberties for Japanese residents of the Pacific coast, whether they be American citizens or aliens.

Efficient prosecution of this war demands that we recognize certain facts which make every Japanese in our midst a potential threat to our security, regardless of how admirable he might have been in time of peace. It is a mistake to think that we can clear up the dangers by process of elimination; that is, by depending entirely upon the FBI to ferret out all the treacherous acts and incriminating documents among the 100,000 Japanese living in areas where they could be of greatest service to an invading horde.

An attempted invasion of the Pacific coast is a possibility. Imbued with the doctrine of "The Rising Sun," Japanese on the Pacific coast must be regarded as a potential army already planted behind the American lines.

So wave your anti-war signs and hang your peace banners. When push comes to shove, when it happens again in the "War on Terror", will you stand and fight for your fellow wo/man or will you shout in impotent safety from the sidewalk as innocent people are driven at gunpoint from their homes?

Yeah, sure you'll stand up. That's why the SCPD, SC Sheriff, and DEA have 0wned your streets as they terrorized recreational drug users and salesmen while waging their "War on Drugs" for the last 20 years. Farmers getting raided in the hills, salesmen getting kidnapped from their homes and imprisoned, shippers getting their cars stolen, and users getting extorted for "fines" paid to the government and then kicked out of their homes.

When push comes to shove, Santa Cruz is all hot air. When the soldiers come, the people here will cower as always. Bow down and lick the boot that kicks you. It's "non-violent".

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