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LA Times Ripped for Letters Justifying WWII Internment Camps

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A guard stands among Japanese nationals en route to Ellis Island on a harbor boat after they arrived in New York, Aug. 11, 1945, on the S.S. Santa Rosa from Europe. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman)

By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 09:26 PM

Outraged readers blasted the Los Angeles Times for publishing two letters criticizing a story about National Park sites highlighting the forced internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.

The letters, posted Sunday, suggested the roundup was justified, and tried to minimize the hardships endured by U.S. citizens forced to live there.

In one, the writer argued, "Virtually everyone in the U.S. was assigned jobs to help the war effort," the Times reported. "The Japanese were assigned the job of staying out of the way and not causing complications. Millions of Americans were assigned far worse jobs."

In the second, a writer declared, "War is evil, but I would have much rather been interned by the U.S. in California than by the Japanese in their captured lands," the Times reported.

Reaction to the letters was fierce.

"Framing the forced internment of Japanese Americans as their 'contribution to the war effort' is, frankly, disgusting," fumed one Washington reader, the Times reported.

Another from New York wrote: "To say that they were there to be protected and cared for is an outright lie," the Times reported.

The newspaper's editor-in-chief and publisher, Davan Majaraj, said Monday the letters never should have been published – and did not meet the paper's standards for "civil, fact-based discourse."

The Travel section plans to print letters of response in the Dec. 18 edition. 

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