Today is the Day of Remembrance, commemorating the Japanese American Internment during World War II. President FDR issued E.O. 9066 on February 19, 1942, an order that ultimately sent over 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans to America’s concentration camps.
The tshirt is from Pilgrimage to Manzanar, an annual pilgrimage to the camp where my family members were incarcerated. The woman photographed is Sue Kunitomi Embrey, a writer, educator, and activist. ‘Baka guts’ literally means ‘stupid guts’ as in ‘stupidly strong’ or ‘stupidly stubborn.’
It takes GUTS to change the world (so stand up for what you believe in.)