Japanese-Americans Racism-Discrimination

1020 Words Feb 2nd, 2018 4 Pages
Freedom to choose where to live, eat, work, and go to school. What would happen if all of that was taken away? And not just by another country, but by our own people. Our own government took our rights and belongings away overnight. What would people do? On February 19 of 1942, the president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed an evacuation order, ordering “the evacuation of all persons deemed a threat to national security from the West Coast to relocation centers further inland”( ). Meaning anyone who looked like they were of japanese descent, was considered a threat to the security of the United States. The racism towards the japanese people was in the way they were looked at, how they lived in the camps, and how they were treated. On December 7, 1941 there was a tragic attack on an American military base in Hawaii, called Pearl Harbor. It was led by the japanese empire. This is what started it all, with the racism of the different ethnic groups towards to japanese people. Each time fellow Americans saw someone of japanese descent, it brought up memories of this day in history. The emotions it stirred up the pain and loss, created anger and hatred towards each of these people. The people of America were scared. The president decided to send the people of his own country away. Some say it was for their own protection, but others say it was just because we were afraid of the Japanese-American people…
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