Sunday, July 22, 2007

Manzanar


I had the opportunity to visit and photograph the Manzanar War Relocation Center. It was where Japanese Americans were interred during WWII. I went through many emotions in my time there. One of the most amazing things was how people struggled to retain their humanity and customs. Many families built gardens. I found this bucket at one of the remnants of the gardens. It touched and spoke to me deeply in many ways.

I cannot help but think of the the lessons it has to teach us today. The contrast between what must be done to keep citizens of this country and others in the world safe, but what can happen when fear rules the day. May we reflect, examine and learn the lessons our history has to offer well.

Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Tracy Chapman et al: Chimes of Freedom:


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