“During WWII, Italians and Japanese living in the US were rounded up into internment camps because of fear.”

December 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

”  My grandparents encountered a structure, a process and a path to citizenship that was not perfect, but nonetheless gave them a way “in.” They endured racist behavior from Americans who felt threatened by their foreign ways, but they persisted and made lives for themselves and for their children. For that, I am very grateful. During World War II, Italians and, to a larger extent, Japanese, living in the United States were unjustly rounded up into internment camps because of one thing: disproportionate fear. The recent surge in anti-immigrant sentiment is again due to fear. We are afraid the economy is not going to get any better, so instead of acknowledging that many illegal immigrants do many of the jobs we don’t want to do, we start labeling them as “moochers.” Our fear of terrorism causes us to be suspicious of anyone who doesn’t look or behave “like us.” Many are taking the position of “win/lose” and there is no room for “win/win.” We have to start from where we are. And “where we are” is that we are continuing to make personal and public decisions that are based on fear and what we might lose. This course of action means we are never going to find our way back to what this country stands for. ‘Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,’  has turned into ‘Get them the hell out of our town, state and country.’   ”  – Carol Faenzi, author of “The Stonecutter’s Aria,” a novel based on the true stories of her immigrant Italian ancestors

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