Social media gadfly, LGBT rights icon, and Star Trek actor George Takei is usually very funny, employing his sense of humor as ballast no matter how grave the issue. But Takei hasn’t been in a jovial mood since the election, telling CNN that “for a good number of days, I could not see things with an even balance.” Thing is, it hasn’t gotten any better for Takei as he sees the Trump administration take shape. Like many, Takei’s concerns are wide-ranging — from the environment to freedom of speech, Takei sees numerous things Americans take for granted being potentially imperiled.
But it’s Takei’s personal history that causes him the most concern. Despite the fact that his parents were both born in the United States, his family was forced into a prison camp in Arkansas after the bombing of Pearl Harbor 75 years ago — because of their Japanese descent. They were classified as the enemy, something Takei is worried could happen to today’s Muslim citizens — after all the President-elect has proposed keeping a data of Muslims in the US.
@AustinScottGAD8 To help prevent the injustice of the internment from repeating,I invite you to learn from our past. pic.twitter.com/gDzRiIjY51
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 7, 2016