Japanese American Internsment : The Internment Of World War II

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In the February of 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbour, merely a few months earlier, President Roosevelt, signed Executive Order 9066. This was an order that would change the lives of thousands of people for many years to come. The order gave the US military full authority to exclude “any or all citizens” from certain areas. Although it gave no specific mention of any race or ethnicity, it was clear that Executive Order 9066, was aimed and applied to those of Japanese descent. More than 120,000 people were interned as a result, simply because their ancestry made them suspects of espionage and sabotage. These views, however, are based on no evidence whatsoever and are the product of “race prejudice and war hysteria.” No threats to national security can validate the trauma and racism that thousands of innocent people experienced during the years of World War 2. The internment of Japanese American’s is an act of racism, that goes against the country’s numerous claims of fighting a war for freedom. In the months following the signage, thousands of people were unfairly and unjustly, uprooted and robbed of their rights and assets. It is vital to look at the events that predisposed to such an action, even before the attack on Pearl Harbour, American’s showcased an intense hatred and fear both towards Japanese people and Asian’s more generally, viewing them as subhuman. This attitude was facilitated and almost encouraged through propaganda in films, posters and songs and

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