Today I had lunch with a lovely Facebook friend and her two granddaughters. We had not met face-to-face since becoming Facebook friends a few months ago. She lives in San Bruno, an easy 35-minute drive for me; she is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, but has lived in the U.S. for 30 years. Her family experienced the forced removals in District Six; there are no coincidences. We met at the Tanforan Shopping Center to have lunch at BJ's. Tanforan was a famous race track in Northern California so it is no surprise that there is a beautiful sculpture of Seabiscuit, still my favorite race horse (see below).
However, I was surprised by the rock garden and commemorative plaque dedicated to Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed from their homes under Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 in 1942. Please read the plaque to get the full measure of impact on Japanese Americans who were initially removed from their communities to Tanforan. I invite anyone out there to comment on forced removals in the U.S. and around the world. Naz knew forcible removals were not limited to the Nazi government in power at the time 60,000 people from District Six were forced into the barren Cape Flats. She didn't want anyone to forget forced removals anywhere in the world community. I continue to honor her request because it is the just thing to do. http://www.sfmuseum.org/war/evactxt.html