Tragical History Tour

In a few minutes I’ll be heading out to the site of the Mindoka Relocation Center for Japanese Americans in WWII, near Twin Falls, Idaho, with a busload of surviving former internees. We’ll be touring the site with National Park Service guides, and later we’ll visit a reconstructed barrack.

Reading Korematsu and the literature on the Japanese American internment is very important. But there’s no better way really to understand the camps than to visit them, especially (if possible) with people who were warehoused there on account of nothing more than their ancestry.

There are camp sites in southern California (Manzanar) and northern California (Tule Lake), northwestern Wyoming near Yellowstone (Heart Mountain), eastern Colorado (Amache), central Utah (Topaz), southern Arizona (Poston and Gila River), southern Idaho (Minidoka), and southern Arkansas (Rohwer and Jerome). If your travels ever take you through any of those regions, stop by. It’ll be worth it.

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  1. “But there’s no better way really to understand the camps than to visit them, especially (if possible) with people who were warehoused there on account of nothing more than their ancestry.”

    I think most of us would agree that doing something nefarious to someone else on account of their ancestry is not a good thing but if we don’t, don’t we run the risk of agreeing with Ronald Reagan?

    From a Thomas Sowell 2003 column:

    “It has been said that, when Ronald Reagan was governor of California, someone told him that admitting students to the University of California on individual performance alone could mean that all the students at Berkeley might be Asian Americans.

    “So what?” was the Gipper’s response.”

    He later noted:

    “A classic example is a recent New York Times story that said: “Asians gain when affirmative action ends. Other minorities don’t. What’s fair?”

    What is a well-meaning liberal to do?