I spent the Independence Day weekend on a pilgrimage to the Tule Lake Segregation Center, one of 10 World War II American concentration camps. I saw the breadth of an enormous prison camp that confined as many as 18,000 innocent human souls, and I tasted the grit of Tule Lake’s pervasive yellow summer dust. Those held there 75 years ago against their will, solely because of their ethnicity, looked out of their tarpapered barracks every day, encircled by barbed wire and armed guard towers. They knew they lived in a concentration camp.
"Enough with the Euphemisms. They’re Not ‘Family Residential Centers.’ They’re Jails." is from the July 11, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Yoshinori H.T. Himel and narrated by Sam Scholl.