A Trump supporter made remarks in an interview that cast Japanese internment camps as exemplary ― proving there’s no shortage of racism toward Asian-Americans and other minorities after the election.
In an interview Wednesday with Fox News, Carl Higbie, a retired Navy SEAL, cited the World War II-era practice as “precedent” for creating a Muslim registry. But this “precedent” that Higbie referred to is one in which 120,000 people of Japanese backgrounds were forced to leave their homes, relocate, and live behind barbed wire and under surveillance.
While Higbie’s words about our nation’s tragic anti-Asian era made headlines, it’s hardly the only incidence of racism Asian-Americans have had to deal with following the presidential race.
Other groups including immigrants, blacks, Muslims, Latinos, and women have also been the targets of physical harm and hate speech.
Many members of the Asian-American community have taken to social media to reveal racist incidents that have happened post-election.
From death threats to derogatory slurs, the messages show why we need to listen, learn and stand in solidarity with those experiencing attacks.
See these terrifying examples below.
My cousin (born + raised in America) walked past a Trump rally in NYC (where she lives!!!) and was told "go back to your country you chink"— sannah (@sannahkim) November 9, 2016
Customer w trump hat: "hope u got ur papers squared away before that wall goes up"— angie 🇰🇭 (@bamxangiee_) November 9, 2016
"Sir I'm Asian"
"Don't matter we'll send ya there too"
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