In a Facebook message, Takei compares his own experiences in an internment camp to Mohameds arrest.
But I want you to know, while America may have done a terrible thing to me and my family, and to 120,000 other Japanese Americans, I have great hope for this country, and I believe we do learn. There was a Japanese word we often said in the camps: Gaman. It means to keep on keeping on, with dignity and fortitude. I think you understand this word already. While certain school officials and police officers may have shown you the worst side of our nation, I understand many others have since shown you the best side. I was touched to hear you say that we all have to be true to ourselves. Ahmed, you are now part of the story of America, and many will learn from your fine example. I see great things ahead for you.
Takei comments on Nimoy’s passing:
We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to ‘Live Long And Prosper,’ and you indeed did, friend.
Takei discusses his family’s internment during WWII, his musical Allegiance, a dramatization of that internment, and To Be Takei, a new documentary about his life, in an interview with PBS.
Well, we want them to know about that dark chapter of American history, but what that taught me, that experience and my father’s guidance, taught me is that in our democracy you’ve got to be actively engaged and bring support to those people that cherish the ideals of our democracy. All men are created equal, endowed with an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and to be engaged and support that.
In Kyoto, Takei talks about why, despite his family’s internment, he still believes in democracy: