Sept. 9 — Muslim Public Affairs Council is honoring the Japanese American community on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at a special event commemorating the anniversary of 9/11. “Patriotism and Pluralism After 9/11: Honoring the Japanese American Community” takes place at the Islamic Center of Southern California, 434 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles.
We honor Japanese Americans for our own sake and for the sake of our country. Japanese Americans were first to defend Muslims against any backlash after 9/11. They knew too well the rage and hysteria that can fuel the most heinous crimes against any minority in a country as powerful as the United States. They refer to their internment camps as concentration camps. It aimed to kill their spirit and culture. They realized the isolation of any community in America is a recipe for disaster. The three factors that led to the internment camps were
- hysteria as a reaction to a catastrophic event
- prejudice and racism against them, and
- lack of alliances to help them in such times of danger
For more information, call (213) 382-9200.