August 21, 2010

IT WASN'T JUST OUR GRANDFATHERS EITHER...:

Real Americans, Please Stand Up (Dick Cavett, 8/22/10, NY Times)

I had a 6th grade teacher who referred to American Indians as “sneaky redskins” and our enemies in the Pacific as “dirty Japs.” This abated somewhat after I asked one day in class, “Mrs. G., do you think our parents would like to know that you teach race prejudice?” She faded three shades.

The rest of that year was difficult.

As a war kid, I also heard an uncle of mine endorse a sentiment attributed to our Admiral “Bull” Halsey: “If I met a pregnant Japanese woman, I’d kick her in the belly.”

These are not proud moments in my heritage. But now, I’m genuinely ashamed of us.


...such psychotic Japanophobia was still on display nearby ground zero less than thirty years ago.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2010 8:25 AM
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