“The enemy alien files: hidden stories of world war II” exhibition ended at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose on August 17, 2003. The month-long exhibit documented treatment of American Japanese, German and Italian Immigrants by the U.S. Government during World War II
Ms. Samina Faheem, Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice, told the audience that she was saddened about our past history. “How this great nation has targeted different minority groups at different times. What is happening today is similar to what happened years ago during the World War II to the Japanese. Today the targeted are Muslim and Arab Americans.”
She went on to say that “our administration has taken advantage of the fear we all felt after 9/11.
Ms. Samina Faheem said that she was sorry that nobody was there to help you. “We honor your struggle and want to learn from your experience. Please don’t let the history repeat. Let’s rewrite the history and reclaim our country. When they came for African Americans, nobody stood up. When they came for the Jews, nobody stood up. When they came for the Japanese, nobody stood up. When they came for the Communists, now they are coming after Muslims and Arabs and and we are very fortunate that we are not alone. Our fellow Americans are standing by us. Thank you.
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