- A question for my fellow outdoor adventurers, especially those who frequent the #easternsierras
: have you taken the time to visit Manzanar, one of ten sites in the US where 110,000+ people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated during WWII? I ask because I couldn’t help but notice the racial disparities between the hiking trails of the sierras and the Manzanar visitor center, when I visited for the first time over Labor Day weekend. Lots of white folks on the trail, yet not as many stopping to learn more about this dark chapter in our country’s shared history. This isn’t a national historic site for only Japanese-Americans, like myself, to remember. What happened was yet another atrocity our government committed against our own people, on our own soil. We MUST learn that this is where unchecked hatred, bigotry and racism lead. When one group of people suffer at the hands of xenophobia, white supremacy and dehumanization, we ALL suffer. And look, I totally get that it’s in the middle of nowhere— that was kind of the whole point. But I encourage you to consider even just driving through this memorial the next time you find yourself amidst the gorgeous lakes and mountains of the eastern sierras. We must take collective ownership of our past, so it may never be repeated ever again. #neveragain #manzanar #ourstory #nps #diversifyoutdoors #sheexplores #japaneseamerican #nationalparkservice #getoutside #thisisamerica
[Image: Photo of Japanese American @sarahemilia
in front of the #慰靈塔
Soul Consoling Tower, a white obelisk that marked the internment camp cemetery and is now a shrine. The tower was constructed by Ryozo Kado in 1943. It is also the site of an annual pilgrimage. Manzanar is located on Paiute ancestral land.]
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