One man, Fred Korematsu, had plastic surgery done and changed his identity in order to stay out of internment camps; but was still captured. When America was thrust into World War II on December 11, 1941, there was a shortage of American soldiers to be sent into the war. As a result, thousands of Japanese-Americans were removed from intern... ... middle of paper ... ...would attack the country. This fear caused every Japanese-American to be evacuated from their homes and businesses and locked away in internment camps. But, when America was brought into World War II, there was not enough soldiers to defend the country.
So the hysteria was understable. The question was whether or not to do anything about it, and for an angry, grief stricken America, internment camps were the answer. Mass hysteria of the Japanese caused the urge for government issue of executive order 9066 to satisfy the anti-Japanese groups and to rid of all the fear. The order was based on a false claim. The day of, Japanese Americans were given 48 hours to leave their homes a... ... middle of paper ... ...f American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan.The Japanese attempted to fight back and prove their innocence.The most famous case, Korematsu v. United States shows that.
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.
Laws were passed to keep people of Japanese descent from becoming citizens or becoming property owners. Their entire lives were modeled by anti-Japanese laws in the early 1900’s it got so bad that they could not even marry in the U.S. unless it was to another person of Japanese descent. So by the time WWII came around the anti-Japanese agenda had a large following. Perl Harbor was just the push it needed to gain backing my Politicians publicly and it spread like wildfire. The Japanese came to this country for a better life and were discriminated against the entire time.
JapaneseAmericans In the early 1940’s, there was evidence of Japanese-American loyalty and innocence, but the information was not always well known. This, coupled with the factors of war hysteria led to the legal upholding of concentration camps in Korematsu v. U.S. (1944). The injustice was clouded, most immediately by the war, and indirectly by racism at home. The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor left a permanent indent on the way Americans viewed the Japanese. Indeed, it was this one act which thrust the isolationist U.S. into the middle of the world’s biggest war.
Others spent their lives trying to prove their loyalty to Canada, but were still interned. Even though the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) declared them loyal, due to the racial sentiments in British Columbia, they were still sent to the camps. The internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II was extremely unfair, as it was based on prejudices and assumptions - deeming it unnecessary. The Japanese Canadians had lost their fundamental rights as a Canadian citizen because they were accused of espionage. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, suspicion quickly fell on the Japanese Canadian residents in British Columbia for being disloyal.
It put a large amount of stress and worry on the Japanese, who were only allowed to bring what they could carry, which was obviously not much. The Japanese were forced to get rid of any businesses and homes that they owned before being relocated. These camps that the Japanese were forced to live in were very similar to the concen... ... middle of paper ... ...overnment and the Japanese American citizens. It was not until 1993, however, that the official apology from the White House was written and signed. It is said that the main reasons for the imprisonment of these oriental citizens were the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the fear for “national security”, and in the end it resulted in a case of “mass hysteria”(jarda.edu).
Since there was a huge influx of Japanese Americans in the West Coast, there was anger and fear that they might take over the U.S [Yellow Peril]. The imminence of the World War II solidified the motive to be afraid of the Japanese Americans and created cause for the U.S government to lead them to internment. Surprisingly even though Americans boasted about democracy, most of the Nikkei placed in internment were American citizens by law and had no right to be incarcerated. After 30 years, President Ford, the current chief of staff reversed Executive Order 9066. He stated that it was wrong to detain Nikkei as they were loyal to America.
Because of these discriminating views made by the Americans, Japanese Americans suffered from a variety of effects in their relocation camps. In th... ... middle of paper ... ...e. Many of the internees probably did not have affiliations with the United States’ enemies in this war, but they still suffered from the prejudices held against them. Even those who did not live in the camps, but had an interned parent, indicated having similar psychological and health impacts as their relatives. Although the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 tried to restore the damages done to them, many imprisoned Japanese Americans died with injustice. While the struggles of the confined Japanese Americans seems unrepairable, this incident can help prevent future events similar to it from happening.
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.