It has been said that those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it. God calls us to honest memory and to new life! In a climate where neighbors have been relegated to enemies, families have been separated, and many have been confined to camps, we don’t need to look beyond our own national borders for precedents. This week is a good time to remember again, and to listen for God’s call to justice.
From a Church of the Brethren denominational post:
“February 19 is a Day of Remembrance of the date in 1942 when President Roosevelt signed an executive order forcing 120,000 people into 10 internment camps across the U.S. Perhaps the best-known is Manzanar in California, now a National Historic Site commemorating the lives and experiences of the people who were held there. (See http://www.nps.gov/manz/index.htm)
In remembrance, we revisit a Church of the Brethren statement from October, 1991: “Resolution on Justice for Japanese-American World War II Internees.”
The statement recalls the unjust uprooting and interning of many in the Japanese-American community for more than three and a half years. It reminds us of one of the shameful national failures we would like to forget. And it invites us to repentance and renewed commitment to “another way of living” in Christ.
Maybe we can learn from our remembering.
(Read the full statement at brethren.org/about/statements/1981-ww2-internees.pdf)