FDR’s Legacy: Secret use of census info helped send Japanese Americans to internment camps in WWII

As we’ve said before, the census should go like this:

“Hi Mr. Mrs. Citizen. How many people live in this house/apartment/whatever?”

And done. The government doesn’t need to know about your “race,” or how many bathrooms you have, or whether you are inclined toward homosexuality.

The thing is, the people who are now crying about the inclusion of the citizenship question in the 2020 census are also the people who pushed to have the census delve into every other aspect of one’s personal life.

Hey big government people you made your bed.

By the way in a previous post today we said that Trump is not a monster. (Which is obvious.) However, the attached article, which focuses on the use of the census to track down AMERICAN CITIZENS of Japanese descent for the purpose of putting them into concentration camps,  (Yes we placed American CITIZENS into concentration camps.) indicates that really horrible folks have occupied the White House in the past. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the guy who signed off on Americans being huddled into barbwired concentration camps under the watchful eye of government agents with machine guns. That was pretty monster-esce.

(From The Washington Post)

In fact, information from the 1940 Census was secretly used in one of the worst violations of constitutional rights in U.S. history: the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

In papers presented in 2000 and 2007, historian Margo J. Anderson of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and statistician William Seltzer of Fordham University found evidence that census officials cooperated with the government, providing data to target Japanese Americans…

…According to Anderson and Seltzer, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and military intelligence  agencies began pushing in late 1939 to relax census confidentiality rules in the hopes of accessing data on individuals. But the effort was opposed by Census Bureau Director William Lane Austin.

After the 1940 presidential election, however, Austin was forced to retire. He was replaced by J.C. Capt, who backed efforts to remove confidentiality provisions. Capt’s efforts helped clear the way for other agencies to access the information on Japanese Americans.

In 2000, Anderson and Seltzer found documents that showed officials with the Census Bureau had provided block-level information of where those of Japanese ancestry were living in California, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Arkansas.

This my dear readers is they type of person FDR was. A big government totalitarian who refused to leave office.

Sadly many of the people who worry about Trump, would seriously defend FDR who ACTUALLY DID the things they think Trump wants to do. (But probably doesn’t.)

FDR was as close as this country came to a dictatorship in the 20th Century.