Discrimination In We Re Japs By Etta

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Discrimination in the novel ranged from blatant hatred from neighbors to laws restricting the lives of Asian Americans. Although many of the novel’s characters passively discriminate against their Japanese neighbors, often behind their backs, Etta Heine, mother of the deceased Carl Heine, blatantly states her hatred towards the ethnic group. In the novel, Etta uses the war as justification for her bigotry, stating, “They’re Japs. We’re in a war with them. We can’t have spies around” (126). Etta disguises her prejudice through a plea of safety; she claims to care about the lives of Americans while completely disregarding her Asian American neighbors who have lived besides her, and shown great respect to her, for decades. Concurring, the
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