Sands of Manzanar

This is important to remember. We must not forget the inhumanity we have forced on others. It colors our history in ways we don’t realize. There is a distinct lack of truth in the teaching of history. It seems the actors, sports figures and the plain notorious are the “famous Americans”. We neglect the painful, shameful things like those in this reblogged post, as well as our treatment of the Native Americans, the German-Americans who were interred and other injustices our nation has perpetrated. As a genealogist history and the truth are greatly important in understanding the lives and actions of our ancestors.

Masako and Spam Musubi


It wasn’t the deadly black sand that greeted the US Marines on Iwo Jima.

But as we stood on out on the desert, white powdery dust would swirl up in the softly blowing arid wind…  and I then realized it was upon this gawd-awful sand that my Aunt Shiz and Uncle John built their future for their family.

It was their Iwo Jima…  It was called the “Manzanar War Relocation Center” by our government back during World War II.

They were forced onto these forsaken sands by FDR in April of 1942 but made the most of it.  Quietly.  仕方が無い…  我慢.  Shikataganai and gaman.


FDR called it relocation centers.

It’s just my opinion but political correctness be damned.

It was a prison.  Complete with eight guard towers and soldiers manning .30 caliber Browning machine guns.  Barbed wire fencing all around.  No freedoms.  Chow at specific times.  Public toilets and…

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3 responses to “Sands of Manzanar

  1. Thank you for sharing. I have read several books based on this particular chapter in history. I find myself constantly in awe of the stories of the past – both horrible and heartwarming stories. Truths that can hopefully inform our decisions to be more kind, patient, tolerant, and brave.

  2. Sad to think that this happened in a country where our mere existence came about thru immigration…People coming here for a better life. So terribly sad that law-abiding people were treated like this. May we learn from our mistakes..Thanks for sharing.

    • We human beings are far too concerned with our differences than with our similarities. Throughout history we have done such terrible things to our fellow humans. Yes, may we all learn from our mistakes.