The internment and cruel treatment of the Japanese in the U.S. stemmed from a fear of a full-pledged invasion from Japan and also from years of racial prejudice
Japanese internment was not and is not justifiable. America is a mixing pot of cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Thus, American citizens do not inherently have a significant relationship to the nations of their heritage. Immigrants to this country actively selected a lifestyle other than that of their homeland, for one reason or another. Those who were born in America, without any first-hand exposure to the home of their parents or grandparents are especially free of potential conflicting ties. This is proven when Grant Hirabayashi admits, “...I was offered what they call…[an appointment as] a military cadet. And, I told the officer...no thanks. I was an American citizen,” (RAP, pg 190). Another point of importance is that an individual can be loyal to their country without wishing to join its military or military
Another reason why the United States creates the internment camps was because they feared that the Japanese-Americans were going to betray them. The media carried out a huge role into putting the Japanese in the internment camps. In the Japanese-American relocation camps article written by ……. stated that “in January 1947, a naval intelligence office in Los Angeles reported that the Japanese-American were being perceived as a threat almost entirely, because of physical characteristics of the people”. This caused a huge fright for the Americans thinking that the Japanese-Americans were going to sell them out to the Japanese. The Japanese made sure to make them look bad and throw them In camps. Since they never had evidence they used the media. According to the tragedy of the Japanese-American internment article, “ the court agreed to carry out this persecution”. It was wrong that the court would even carry out this act without
Was President Roosevelt justified in ordering Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the internment of Japanese American citizens. I believe that he was justified in putting them into internment camps because we didn't know whether or not they could be trusted.
In conclusion, I am against the US putting Japanese in internment camps because half of the japanese didn't have nothing to do with it. They were living in bad conditions.And the weather didn't make it better. The last thing is they were treated like real prisoners. Which wasn’t right for the US to do. They say our country is the land of the free but they didn’t give the “Japs”
Japanese internment camps from 1942 to 1946 were an exemplification of discrimination, many Japanese Americans were no longer accepted in their communities after the Bombing of Pearl Harbor. They were perceived as traitors and faced humiliation due to anti-Japanese sentiment causing them to be forced to endure several hardships such as leaving behind their properties to go an imprisoned state, facing inadequate housing conditions, and encountering destitute institutions. The Bombing of Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7, 1941 (Why I Love a Country that Once Betrayed Me). This led president Roosevelt to sign the executive order 9066, which authorized the army to remove any individual that seemed as a potential threat to the nation (“Executive Order 9066”) This order allowed the military to exclude “‘any or all persons from designated areas, including the California coast.”’ (Fremon 31). Many Japanese opposed to leave the Pacific Coast on their own free will (Fremon 24) . Japanese Americans would not be accepted in other areas if they moved either.Idaho’s governor stated, Japanese would be welcomed “only if they were in concentration camps under guard”(Fremon 35). The camps were located in Arizona, Arkansas, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and California where thousands of Japanese Americans eventually relocated. (“Japanese Americans at Manzanar”) The internment lasted for 3 years and the last camp did not close until 1946. (Lessons Learned: Japanese Internment During WW2)
Japanese Internment can not be justified by the United States government. The United States government, in the twentieth century can not justify the Internment of Japanese Americans and their families. Many will argue that in times of war that difficult decisions and choices have to be made on behalf of the nation at war. World War II highlighted the actions of a nation, embracing and expediting the actions and decisions while not seeing the long term consequence of such decisions. People in support of the war and the policies of our government, will argue that they needed to make the war more efficient to shorten the war and spare our nation needless lost of life. Can a society sacrifice moral principles as they blur the lines of its citizens and its enemies?
Like I said above, a massive number of Japanese-Americans were sent away to the Internment-Camps just because of their race for an average of 3-4 years. During those three to four years the Japanese-Americans could not attend to their jobs, property, and other obligations simply because they were in the internment camps. For reading this excerpt from Document D (Korematsu Supreme Court Ruling), you can see that the Japanese-Americans were not allowed at their houses during the time of Internment: “Compulsory exclusion of large groups of citizens from their homes… is inconsistent of with our basic governmental institutions.” That obviously states that Japanese-Americans were took away from their property, which would lead to loss of job, and other
Like all issues involving race or war, the question of whether or not it was legal and ethical to make Japanese Americans move to relocation camps in early WWII is a difficult and controversial problem. The internment of around 50,000 Japanese citizens and approximately 70,000 Japanese-American people born in the U.S. living in the American West Coast has become known as a tragedy and mistake. The government even set up numerous projects to apologize to the American citizens who were wronged (Bosworth). Still, at the time that the decision to relocate was made, the actions were constitutionally legal and seen by many as necessary. The actions were not based on racist feelings. It was, however,
The internment of Kabuo, Hatsue and the rest of their family are mainly because the U.S governments are being racist toward Japanese. They government did not trust the Japanese because they feared that among them were spies, even thou they swore to be loyalty to the U.S. Some of them even stand up to fight for the U.S against their home country to demonstrated their loyalty, because they believed that they are America and no longer consider as Japanese. But the U.S took no consideration on whether they are loyal or not and placed them into internment camp for safety purpose. I believed that it’s not necessary to have internment camps, it is basically useless and a waste of money and time, because if the Japanese were to have spies, they wouldn’t be that
The Japanese-American Internment was a necessary choice, made by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It helped to make our nation secure during times of extreme emergency and it also helped the US government to keep their enemy under watch. “The story of how Japanese American soldiers from the war’s most highly decorated US military unit came to be there is just one part of a remarkable saga. It is also a story of one of the darkest periods in American history, one filled with hardship, sacrifice, courage, injustice, and finally, redemption. It began more than a hundred years ago” (Sandler, 2013, p. 6). At the turn of the 21st century began the immigration of the Japanese to America for various reasons, but all with one thing in mind: freedom. “We talked about America; we dreamt about America. We all had one wish – to be in America” (Sandler, 2013, p. 6). The decision by these many people was a grueling and tough decision, but they knew it would benefit them in the long run. “…like their European counterparts, they were willing to risk everything to begin life anew in what was regarded as a golden land of opportunity” (Sandler, 2013, p. 6). When they came to America, they were employed and were able to begin their new lives for the first part of it.
It was caused by a very understandable fear for the security of the country. Another reason that Japanese Americans had to go to internment camps because Japanese American spies were given the Americans plans for the Japanese. I think that the factors, political because the government had to tell the Japanese American to go to internment
The internment to the Japanese-American was also due to the racial prejudice against the Japanese. The Japanese immigrants were thought to be the cheap labor in the U.S., but they slowly began to take over the business in the country. As they worked hard in every work they do, at that time they were mainly farmers, so they turned out to be successful farmers and had been creating small business in the country like: fishermen and fruit business. As seeing their growing success in the country, the White Americans, they began to prejudice against the Japanese and supported the internment. This has been going on in the U.S. from a long-time people have been separated in the U.S. based on color, race and language. The African -Americans, Asians including Japanese. Due to their background they have been getting trouble on getting jobs, education or other basic important rights because of their race and color.
In the morning of December 7th, 1941, a swarm of Japanese warplanes bombed the Pearl Harbor in a surprise attack. As a result, 2,400 Americans were killed and over a thousand were wounded. The Japanese destroyed over 200 American aircrafts and suck several battleships while only losing under a hundred of their men (History.com). Following this attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan, officially entering World War II. Fearing that the Japanese Americans would turn on America and aid Japan, Roosevelt signed an executive order that forced all Japanese Americans to evacuate the West Coast. Approximately 120,000 Japanese were relocated to internment camps. Because of the safety of the country and the Japanese, I believe that the United States government was justified for interning Japanese Americans.
“My priority was to try to show the American people that we are just as loyal as anybody else. We need to prove our loyalty because the reason why we're in camp is because the American public says that we are enemy aliens. Were loyalty to Japan and so forth. And that perceptions got to be changed.” - Susumu Satow. This statement is very powerful stating we need to show the American people we are not your enemies but your friends. Do not be scared of us just because we are Japanese. Prejudice played a large role in the Japanese-American relocation because of the 1894 treaty, conflict over China, and the Russian-Japanese War. The Japanese were never awarded for their bravery going into those internment camps. They were spit on and called names. Imagine being in that situation of hatred.