Actor and activist George Takei photographed in Brownsville, TX after his talk at Distinguished Speaker Series.
In his talk, Takei told the story of his life which was not short of social injustice. As a child he was taken at gun point along with his family to an internment camp. Like the more than 110,000 thousand Japanese Americans relocated to these camps after Pearl Harbor, their only crime was their ancestry. He mentions going to school in this encampment and reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag with the barb-wire fence that enclosed him peeking through the classroom window as he innocently repeated the words “with liberty and justice for all”. Despite having to endure this hard time, he always believed in the ideals of justice, equality and democracy the United States was founded upon. As a young teenager, he realized his involvement in politics was important to keep this ideals alive and attain change. He has, since then, been a social justice activist.
Takei said he hears the same echoes today from when he was a child. Things like a travel ban or a wall along the border are symbols of hate towards people of certain races and ancestries. As citizens of this great country we shall not be bystanders upon acts of social injustice. It is our duty to participate in this democracy and make our voices be heard.
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