Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Peep for Fri. 151120

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Peep for Fri. 151120

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Takei slams mayor on internment quote

The mayor of Roanoke, Va., is facing criticism from "Star Trek" star George Takei after the politician cited the mass detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II as a reason to deny Syrian refugees the chance to resettle in the United States.

Takei, who was one of 120,000 people of Asian descent put in internment camps in the wake of 1940s-era prejudice, took issue with Roanoke Mayor David A. Bowers' grasp of history.

The TV and stage star pointed out that Bowers was wrong to call those sequestered "foreign nationals" because two-thirds were U.S. citizens.

"We loved America. ... Tens of thousands of lives were ruined, over nothing," Takei wrote on his Facebook page. Takei's personal story of the camps inspired the Broadway musical "Allegiance," in which he also stars.

Bowers demanded on Wednesday that Syrian refugees not receive any government assistance and said that it was "presently imprudent" to assist in their relocation. …

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