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Rep. Gabbard Recognizes 75th Anniversary of Japanese American Internment

November 3, 2017, 2:03 PM HST
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spoke on the House floor on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in recognition of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

Congresswoman Gabbard said:

“This year marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of over 110,000 Japanese Americans on U.S. soil during World War II. Our country will never be able to undo this grave miscarriage of justice or relieve the pain and suffering that was inflicted upon our fellow Americans.

“We must remember this dark period in our nation’s history and ensure that this dark shadow of prejudice, bigotry, and hate never occurs again. However, sadly, as we look around us today, we see that this divisiveness and bigotry persists. We cannot give into hate and intolerance. We must confront it and defeat it with the light and love of the Aloha spirit. We must learn from our past and vow to never repeat it again.”

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Earlier this week, Congresswoman Gabbard hosted a special advance screening of Go for Broke: An Origins Story in the U.S. Capitol.

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The film shines a light on the distrust, prejudice and discrimination against Americans of Japanese ancestry whose loved ones were thrown in internment camps, and who still volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army, forming the historic Nisei-only 100th/442nd Infantry Regiment—the most highly decorated unit in Army history.

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