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Effects Of Japanese Internment

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The internment of the Japanese Americans during World War II was one of the most notorious human rights violations of the 20th century. The bombing of Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war against Japan may have sparked the internment of Japanese Americans, though the same reasoning was not enough to intern German Americans or Italian Americans. The internment of Japanese Americans stemmed from a buildup of anti-Asian sentiments among the White majority of America prior to World War II, specifically from the populations of Washington State and California. The political and social treatment of Japanese Americans prior to World War II led to the internment of Japanese Americans and resembles the current treatment of Muslim Americans today.…show more content…
Although the white majority originally only hated the Chinese American community as a result of them doing jobs cheaper than whites do them, the Japanese Americans looked similar enough to the Chinese Americans to incur undue wrath from the white majority. The white majority of America would express this hatred in different ways, commonly through exclusion and street violence. Exclusion of Japanese Americans was diverse, ranging from banks in Seattle refusing to give out loans to Japanese Americans and various neighborhoods forbidding Japanese Americans from moving in. Violence against Japanese Americans was intense when it happened, usually involving several whites ganging up on one or two Japanese Americans and beating them either near death or to death. In both of the common instances above, Japanese Americans were treated as “less” than American. This only worsened as eyewitness reports of the Japanese atrocities in Manchuria hit the Seattle Daily Times, further harming the Japanese American image. By the time Pearl Harbor was bombed, the white majority had enough anti-Japanese sentiments built up to go along with Executive Order 9066 and ignore constitutional…show more content…
Starting with 9/11, an event causing similar devastation to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the majority of Americans were immediately nationalized against Muslim Americans, just as the bombing of Pearl Harbor nationalized the majority of Americans against Japanese Americans. Although the Muslim Americans were not interned as the Japanese were, since there was no major buildup of anti-Islamic sentiments prior to 9/11 that could be used as government tools to rationalize the internment, both the American majority and the government attacked the Muslim American community. The American majority excluded and expressed violence towards Muslim Americans in exactly the same manner as they did against the Japanese Americans. Additionally, the American government passed the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System on July 5th, 2002, requiring Muslim immigrants to be fingerprinted, photographed, and interviewed, which is strikingly similar to the Alien Registration Act of 1940 that was passed to create a registry of Japanese Americans. The parallels between the Japanese American persecution and the Muslim American persecution are growing, as future president Donald Trump has made recent claims about instilling a “Muslim Ban,” involving the deportation of Muslim immigrants and preventing Muslims from
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