In his column of June 28, Jonathan Tobin refers those who use “concentration camps” to describe the “detainment camps” at our southern border as disingenuous.
But it is Tobin who is disingenuous. He conveniently ignores that FDR, Harry Truman, and other government officials used that term to describe the camps where U.S. citizens of Japanese descent were imprisoned during WWII. In fact, Truman used the term long after the horrors of the Holocaust had been revealed, knowing full well the implications of his choice of words.
The fact is, there are brutal concentration camps and those that are less oppressive. But the inconvenient truth is that when you concentrate specific groups of people in camps and deny them due process, you have concentration camps. And when you forcibly separate children from their parents and imprison them, you are brutal.