Japanese Internment In World War II

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Japanese Internment

Everyone knows about Hitler and the Nazis, how they have done very bad things to the world. However, even though the Nazis were the worst of the worst, that does not mean that the United States were perfect either. During World War II, the Axis was formed, which consisted of Germany, Italy, and Japan. Japan saw Pearl Harbor as a Naval threat, and on December 7, 1941, Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbor, destroying a good part of the United States Navy. The United States joined World War II, but they were mostly joining to oppose the Japanese. The US also placed all of their Japanese and Japanese-American citizens in internment camps, even though the vast majority of them were innocent, and were loyal to the United States.
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It ruined relationships, and changed Japanese lives at that time for the worse. “I saw Denise today in Geography class…“You’re trying to start a war,” she said, “giving away secrets to the Enemy. Why can’t you keep your big mouth shut?”(Okita 475). Even little kids, who clearly don’t have any part in the bombing or anything that could happen in the future of the war, were being resented by All-American citizens. Japanese and Japanese-Americans did not even do anything wrong, and they were being treated like dirt. The Americans were being, quite frankly, racist towards the Japanese. “Color seems to be the only possible reason why thousand of Japanese ancestry are in concentration camps. Anyways, there are no Italian-American, or German-American citizens in such camps”(Howard 3). The United States were not taking safety precautions, as they claim. If they were taking necessary safety precautions, they would’ve also put German and Italian-Americans in internment camps also. Their anger towards The Japanese after Pearl Harbor is why they were put in internment camps. The United States just wanted…show more content…
They also became a lot more aware and frightened about the Japanese, thinking they were capable of anything. The fear of the war was twisting their minds around and making them fear any possible or impossible reasons for Japanese to attack. “The broad historical causes which shaped these decisions were race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership”(Personal Justice Denied 5). The first reason this states was what was mentioned before, so that won’t be discussed. However, the other two reasons are so huge, and since this article was written after the war, people know that the government made the wrong decision. The war, and more specifically, the Japanese were messing with the government's heads, in effect having the US make completely racial movements. This reason, and the one before, go hand in hand, by the way. “Executive Order 9066 was not justified by military necessity, and the decisions which followed from it...were not driven by analysis of military conditions”(Personal Justice Denied 5). The internment of the Japanese was not the correct step to take, especially from a military point of view. The internment of Japanese-Americans was very
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