Today is the Day of Remembrance—February 19, 1942 was the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 leading to the unjust incarceration of over 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.
We’ve previously blogged about examples of the anti-Japanese World War II propaganda that helped convince the American public that all “Japs” were a threat to the national security (see here and here), but it’s really disheartening once you learn how extensive this propaganda was and, as you’ll see from the examples below, how racist and insidious it actually was.
To commemorate this day, thought it’d be interesting to share a small sampling of this material. And when I say “small” sampling, I mean “small” because if I tried to include a more comprehensive list of what was out there, it’d probably be the longest blog post we’ve done. So take a look and, yes, these were all very real: