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  • George Takei Speaks Out, Drops TRUTHBOMB About Trump’s Muslim Registry (TWEETS)

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    Director and activist George Takei has never been shy about speaking out against the racist, divisive tactics of President-elect Donald Trump, and Americans need to hear his words now more than ever before.

    Recently, Trump surrogate Carl Higbie raised eyebrows in speaking about Trump’s proposed Muslim registry when he said “we did it during World War II with the Japanese”, implying internment camps. Takei, who actually lived in an internment camp when he was a child, begged Americans to reject “the notion of a national Muslim registry” in a powerful op-ed for the Washington Post pointing out just how “dangerous” this was. Takei wrote:

    “The Japanese-American internment was an egregious violation of our national values and principles, a terrible event for which Congress apologized in 1988. The internment was a dark chapter of American history, in which 120,000 people, including me and my family, lost our homes, our livelihoods, and our freedoms because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. Higbie speaks of the internment in the abstract, as a ‘precedent’ or a policy, ignoring the true human tragedy that occurred.”

    Revealing the horrors of what had actually happened to his family and thousands of others, Takei wrote of how he and his siblings were “forced at gunpoint” to leave their home and live in a horse stable. He said:

     “It was a devastating blow to my parents, who had worked so hard to buy a house and raise a family in Los Angeles.”

    Although Takei was too young to understand what had happened, as he got older and learned about civics in school, he realized that the internment was “an assault not only upon an entire group of Americans, but upon the Constitution itself.”

    Takei took on Higbie’s suggestion that “the interest of national security” should take precendence over what’s “right.” Takei called it the “wholesale denial of constitutional rights and protection” as he wrote:

    “If it is freedom and our way of life that we fight for, our first obligation is to ensure that our own government adheres to those principles. Without that, we are no better than our enemies.”

    Fully aware that Trump and his team aren’t very smart, Takei gave them a lesson about the Constitution when he said that it exists “to protect against the excess of democracies” and this becomes increasingly important “in an atmosphere of fear or mistrust, one group is singled out and vilified.”

    “It is more important than ever that the story of the internment be told and heard. We must remain vigilant and mindful of our past mistakes, so that history does not repeat itself. Trump’s rhetoric and plans to profile Muslims indicate that he has not learned the folly of the internment, nor the forces of fear and prejudice that propelled it.”

    Takei stressed to Trump and all of America when he said:

    “That cannot happen again. We cannot allow it.”

    You can read Takei’s full op-ed here.

    Featured image via Frederick M. Brown and Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Patti Colli

    My passion is bringing attention to human rights and equality issues. In addition to writing for New Century Times and other political platforms, I also run a website and digital magazine dedicated to social issues and promoting equality in all forms.