Earlier this month, the Texas Board of Education approved a social studies curriculum, pushed through by a conservative majority, that attempts to deny the fact that the imprisonment of Japanese Americans was primarily due to racism (see “Texas Conservatives Win Curriculum Change”).
Board member David Bradley was responsible for an amendment to the curriculum that stresses “…that Germans and Italians as well as Japanese were interned in the United States during World War II, to counter the idea that the internment of Japanese was motivated by racism,” according to the story written by James McKinley, Jr.
In response, Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda avoid criticizing the decision by the Texas Board of Education, but pointed out very clearly that it was based on fallacy and he demonstrated the tremendous role racism played in the decision to imprison Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II.
To read Ikeda’s piece on Densho’s blog, click on: Internment 101.
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