LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Japanese and Muslim American communities called Saturday for the protection of all Americans' civil rights as they recalled the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the hostility faced by Muslim Americans since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States.Oh, so now, Muslims are claiming additional victimhood in the vein of Japanese-Americans. As it so happens, there were spies during WW2 for Japan. Was the US not supposed to be concerned? And do the leaders of the Japanese-American community not realize how they're making themselves look like they fail to recognize the problem regardless of whether they were cooperative on their part with authorities or not?
Saturday was the 69th anniversary of the signing by President Franklin D. Roosevelt of an executive order that led to the internment of around 120,000 Japanese Americans.
Keynote speaker Norman Mineta, who was transportation secretary at the time of the September 2001 attacks, recalled his experience in 1942 when he first saw the posters notifying Japanese Americans that they would be sent to internment camps.
"They were not even willing to acknowledge that we were citizens of the United States," he said, noting that terrorists and Muslims should not be seen as identical.
Another keynote speaker, Imam Hamza Perez, a Muslim American from Pittsburgh, recounted his post-9/11 experiences, including being followed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at his workplace and having his mosque in Pittsburgh raided at gunpoint during a prayer service.
And it's not mentioned if the imam named Perez actually cooperated with authorities. If he didn't, that's just one more show of victimhood.
There is no comparison between race and religion, and thus, the Japanese community's willingness to associate themselves with the Muslim community is shameful.