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Then They Came For Me

Dancing to the Words

A photography exhibit about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans in the United States during WWII
At the Presidio in San Francisco through August 31st.

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Barbed wire – on a wall at the exhibit

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There are many things about this exhibit at the Presidio in San Francisco that were shocking to me, made me pause and catch my breath. I’ve seen some of these photographs before, yet this time, perhaps because of how they are displayed, or because of what’s happening in the US today, I felt a deeper hurt and sadness than ever before. 

Is it seeing Clem Albers’ photograph of the children with name tags in the back of the truck? The look in the eyes of the child staring straight back still haunts me. These children peering through wooden slats conjure up images of children lying in cages, forever traumatized. Today these…

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