OCTOBER 6, 2012
George Takei has become known as not only the actor who portrayed âMr. Suluâ on the original Star Trek TV series, but as a humorous and engaging LGBT activist. But in this President Barack Obama endorsement video he recorded for the campaign, Takei wears a different hat â a representative of the Asian American community, as he tells of the âmemory searedâ into his brain when âsoldiers came marching up our drivewayâ and his family and he â at the age of five â were locked up in World War II internment camps.
âWe were in prison, behind barbed wire fences, for four years, for the duration of the war, simply because we happened to look like the people that bombed Pearl Harbor. We were American citizens, yet, because of who we were, what we looked like, we were in prison, without due process.â
Stop right now and imagine a five-year old George Takei, in prison. That was America seventy years ago. It may make you cry, at least a little. It did me.
âBut, we have, as an Asian-American community, low voter registration,â Takei states. âWeâve got to be actively involved in the electoral process. And if you really appreciate the price that has been paid, for that right, you should be in there participating, protecting our interests, and, in so doing, making our democracy a truer democracy.â
âWe have a unique opportunity to support a president who is a part of us. He grew up in Hawaii, the âAlohaâ spirit, his sisterâs half-Asian. he understands, and loves, the Asian-American community.â