As many of us forget the story of Japanese internment, we also forget its moral: how fear can interdict reason, make you lash out with hatred at harmless people. Thus, some of us cheered recently when a new executive order was signed and our airports turned to chaos. Some of us echoed McCloy: “The Constitution is just a scrap of paper to me.”
Uncertainty over the talks shows the difficulties in turning Trump from a freewheeling businessman into a sitting president with a watertight schedule and a fully functioning administration by his inauguration.
The legendary actor describes one of the most insidious ramifications of the internment — that at such a young age, it all seemed so normal to him.
“Race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” Let’s remember those words — and make sure they play no part in how we respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.