June 18, 2020

Tsuru Rising Bay Area Vigil: Kim Miyoshi’s Speech

We were born from the tears
of internment camp deserts.

Standing here today, on this sacred, hallowed ground where 8,000 removed people — our ancestors — shuffled through dust clouds into abandoned horse stalls, whose stench remained.

And yet here we are.

A testament to their pain.

We stand here in defiance of executive order 9066, of barbed wire, guard towers, of questionnaires designed to break our loyalty — — to each other.

An attempt to divide.

That is what racism does, to stay alive.

Read Kim’s full speech here:

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