Imprisonment of Japanese Americans

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Previous mistakes made are indicators of what to change for the future. Imprisoning Japanese Americans during World War II was a sad chapter in history, which was recognized and not repeated on another attack on America. The events also revealed the flaws in the government questioning whether they truly learned from their past mistakes and if they will continue being unwise. Racial prejudices plagued the Japanese during WWII and now those of Islāmic faith and of Middle Eastern descent are subject to the same discrimination based on religion and appearances. However, we have remembered the past and did not repeat it, but did not truly learn from it. The war hysteria during the 1940’s is possibly a reasonable excuse for detaining Japanese Americans, but it is a “smudge” on American history that was not repeated on 9/11. The mass hysteria does not qualify the events in the 1940’s of uprooting the “Japs” on the basis of questionable loyalty, even if the person was only 1/16 Japanese with blonde hair and blue eyes. Later, bureaus conducted investigations on the constitutionality of the internment camps and found that basic rights were to those detained. This event serves as a warning to all that racial profiling and stereotyping, even during wartime, should not be implemented. Once 9/11 happened, the government could have secluded all Muslims and Arabs in internment camps and would have maliciously repeated history. It is inspiring to think that we have learned from mistakes and may not repeat them. To answer whether we learned from detaining Japanese Americans, then the answer would be yes; however, Samuel Eliot Morison sums the wars up as “tactically brilliant, and strategically imbecilic”. After Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were not r... ... middle of paper ... ...worse? Voices of anti-Muslim extremists are disregarding the First Amendment by supposing all Muslims are condemned to go to Hell by praying to a “false God”, and believing in the fallacy that is fascism. These are more lessons that we should be learning from and preventing the spread of hatred. Overall, George Santayana is correct for those who are unable to remember the past will repeat it. Secluding the Japanese was a fault, which was reprieved, but it poses questions it happening again to Middle Easterners and Muslims. The hate plaguing them is not based upon fact or national security, but rather fear that another Pearl Harbor will happen again shattering the façade of an invincible American force. These are lessons that inspire us and warn us to not place contempt or have unwarranted fear for people who are not Caucasian, but are just as American as you and I.
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