Horace Assar. Mr.Henderson. Us History. 7 April 2017. Times
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7 April 2017
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Was the Japanese internment an act of justice or an act of cruel severity. The main motivation for Japanese internment was concerns about national security threats.
Japan was a threat to the United States which made anyone of Japanese ancestry a probable traitor, and in some cases this was true. After the attack on pearl harbor, “two Japanese-Americans collaborated with Japanese soldiers.”(Pipes) Some believe that the Japanese government “established an extensive espionage network.”(Pipes) Meaning a few Japanese Americans were “remaining loyal to ancestral land.”(USHistory.org) Having things like this happen means that this makes Japanese internment a necessity because of…show more content… They were right, however, there are two sides to everything.
Some people claim that the Internment camps were worse than Nazi camps but in reality, they were a bit alike but nothing really similar to them. Some of the hardships were bad food and very small living spaces but they were in there for national security, not for extermination. Over two-hundred voluntarily moved in.(Pipes) Families dined together at communal mess halls.(USHistory.org) Some of the internees had the option of serving in the army. One of the strongest units was the 442nd regiment, an all Japanese unit in Europe. So camps never reached the levels of Nazi camps.(USHistory.org)
The Japanese had to go to camps mainly because it was their civil duty. They could not function properly in society because of racism, especially when the Japanese attacked pearl harbor. After the attack nobody trusted Japanese-Americans. The government felt that they needed to protect them from society. Americans had very strong feelings towards these people and there was propaganda made to encourage the withdrawal of Japanese people. Even the creators of looney tune cartoons made an episode of how the Japanese man is a savage and extremely ruthless person to anything. Some episodes were about the Germans as well, and how they train the youth to believe in these horrible things, and growing up