LA Board of Supervisors repeals support for Japanese-American internment after 70 years

Courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library

Japanese American internees arriving at Santa Anita Park, 1942. The L.A. County Board of Supevisors voted on Wednesday to repeal a 70-year-old resolution that supported the internment of people of Japanese descent before World War II.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has finally, officially voted to repeal a 70 year-old resolution that supported the internment of people of Japanese descent before World War II.

It took a long time to address what supervisors call a "historic wrong."

Seven decades ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt introduced an executive order that led to the three-year internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans, many of them from L.A. County.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed that order in 1942, saying that after the bombing of Pearl Harbor it was difficult to “distinguish between loyal and disloyal Japanese aliens.”

The Supervisors' repeal echoes a trend among California institutions.

In recent years, several universities have awarded degrees to students who were interned, and newspapers have apologized for supporting the internment on their editorial pages and coverage.

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