|Photo by Dorothea Lange|
How did the camps come into being? It is an important question, particularly in light of the discussion of both Mexican immigrants and the potential threat posed by Muslims that dominated our election. Could something like that happen again and how exactly did it happen in the first place? I soon learned that there were several themes then, that also seem to be lurking in our current political environment; control by the military under the guise of security concerns and lying about the danger of the “other”.
We owe a deeper obligation than money and an apology. We need to take the lessons from that disturbing chapter and apply them to today to assure that we never use bigotry and lies to diminish who we are as a nation. Now would be a good time to start.