George Takei sent a powerful message to Donald Trump and Trump surrogate Carl Higbie on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Thursday night.
The response comes to a Carl Higbie’s interview on ‘The Kelly File’ with Megyn Kelly where Higbie stated that Japanese internment camps of World War 2 set a precedent for Donald Trump’s plans for a Muslim registry.
George Takei Calls the idea that the Japanese Internment Camps of World War 2 sets a precedence is ‘Morally Bankrupt’
George Takei probably has more to say about this than most Americans as he survived living in one of these atrocious camps himself long before his career began as an actor and his big role in the original series ‘Star Trek’ where he portrayed Hikaru Sulu.
As Takei recounts to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!:
“…it wasn’t just my birth in the U.S. My mother was born in Sacramento, California. My father was a San Franciscan. They were Northern Californians. And they met in Los Angeles, so I was born in Southern California. But there’s no north-south divide in our family. We’re Americans. We were and are—my parents have passed now, but we were citizens of this country. We had nothing to do with the war. We simply happened to look like the people that bombed Pearl Harbor. But without charges, without trial, without due process—the fundamental pillar of our justice system—we were summarily rounded up, all Japanese Americans on the West Coast, where we were primarily resident, and sent off to 10 barbed wire internment camps—prison camps, really, with sentry towers, machine guns pointed at us—in some of the most desolate places in this country: the wastelands of Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, the blistering hot desert of Arizona, of all places, in black tarpaper barracks. And our family was sent two-thirds of the way across the country, the farthest east, in the swamps of Arkansas.”
“And it’s from this experience that, when I was a teenager, my father told me that our democracy is very fragile, but it is a true people’s democracy, both as strong and as great as the people can be, but it is also as fallible as people are. And that’s why good people have to be actively engaged in the process, sometimes holding democracy’s feet to the fire, in order to make it a better, truer democracy.”
George Takei has learned first hand of this painful lesson that history has to teach us. Watch below as he responds to the horrid precedence a Trump surrogate defends.