Billy Manbo is about my age and we both grew up during the war in the American West, with a significant difference. I was comfortably raised in Spokane while Billy and his family were dealing with harsh realities in Heart Mountain, a Japanese American relocation center in the Wyoming badlands.
While my father was serving in the Army reconstruction unit in war devastated Japan, his father, Bill, was trying to truthfully answer harsh loyalty questionnaires for military authorities.
Like my Dad, Bill Sr. was handy with a camera and took color photos of life in the camp that are featured in the book “Colors of Confinement” edited by University of North Carolina law professor Eric L. Mueller.
This puts a name and face on racism. Or Emet Minnesota Congregation of Humanistic Judaism presents a discussion on this topic 10 am Sat. Dec. 10 at the Minneapolis JCC.