I wasn’t born when it happened.

But, growing up I was reminded yearly of that date that was to live in infamy…
December 7th.
Every year we were reminded by media blitzes showing the Pearl Harbor attack and the aftermath of declaring war on Japan.

Since we are somehow tied to decade-memorials and Silver and Gold anniversaries, those particular years are given more emphasis in the news and in our hearts and minds.

Next year will be the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and there will be the usual media blitz. The citizens who lived through that day felt the fear, shock, pain and uncertainty of their future. Those folks are now, in a word, old.

The September 11 we adults and older children experienced 14 years ago is still fresh in our minds and hearts. We felt fear, shock pain and uncertainty of our future. We are reminded every year and each time we hear those numbers…9—11.

During the six decades of my remembrance of 12—7, I watched, listened and respected the memorial tributes and written testimonies.
In the early years during the war and for a decade or so after, there was hatred, intolerance and animosity towards Japanese people and products.
Japanese sentiment 1    Japanese sentiment 2

We finally understood the fact that not all Japanese people wanted to kill us.


After September 11 many of us blindly struck out with words and actions towards Muslims.
Islam sentiment 1   Islam sentiment 2

Hopefully  most of now understand that not all Muslim people want to kill us.

Also during the six decades of memorial tributes to 12/7, I never experienced politicians using a national tragedy for political gain. December Seventh was not a political talking point.

However our most recent tragedy that brought America together in our pain, sorrow and our steadfastness seems to be a new talking point for some of our less than bright politicians.

That’s a shame. Shameful.

December Seventh
September Eleventh 


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3 Responses to Infamy

  1. heyannis says:

    Great post, Dan. I love the comparison of those two dates and the feelings both events evoked. Thinking about it in these terms, I am hopeful for better acceptance of everyday Muslim people. thank you, xoA

  2. fiddlrts says:

    This is good. I took the kids to see Manzanar earlier this year, and it really affected the older kids in particular to see the way we just rounded up ordinary people and destroyed their lives because of what a few fanatical politicians in a far away country did. When I think of Muslims, I can’t help but recall the owners of a little corner grocery store near our house when I was a kid. We would often buy our milk (and fantastic fresh pita bread) there, just because they were a small business – and good people. Most are like that, just trying to make a living and raise kids and get along with their neighbors like the rest of us…

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