In the process of war the public skipped to the conclusion that all Japanese Americans were out to get them. The suspicion of a government takeover was on everyones mind. Paranoia led people into to thinking every single Japanese American was guilty, no matter if it was a child, a WWI veteran, or if they had ever even been to Japan. The suspicion did not end there, inducing temporary segregation, and the exploitation of japanese american’s human rights. Mass hysteria and racism influenced the government's actions towards the Japanese.
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?
He stated that it was wrong to detain Nikkei as they were loyal to America. A public apology and a payment of $20,000 were made out to Nikkei. This gesture solidifies the wrongdoing of Nikkei by the U.s government. The same conclusion could be drawn from a close look inside of the internment camps. From my research on the issue at hand, I propose a thesis stating that the incarceration of the Japan... ... middle of paper ... ...ts were violated by the federal government during World War II.” From this, one can conclude that the United States admitted to making a mistake in their treatment of the Japanese Americans and how irrational one can behave when one does not understand and is afraid of the unknown.
They even went quietly to the concentration camps, having faith in the American system. But, who cared about the numbers then? We were at war with the Japanese, and the Japanese-Americans were a threat.
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.
The American people, along with the government, wanted nothing more than to destroy Japan, and win the war. In the Monica Sone document, I belief that the frustrations that the Americans were feeling are expressed in their entirety. The American people were so angry with the Japanese people, and so afraid that the Japanese would attack again, that the Americans basically rejected anyone that looked Japanese. To the Americans, regardless of whether you were native born, if you looked Japanese you were the enemy. The American government did not want to take chances, so they gathered all the people of Japanese decent and made them live under military law.
In the internment camps that the American government the Japanese Americans were not treated equally like they originally hoped they would by coming to America. Lastly, the way the internment camps was not the best place to be living in, and abuse despite being rare it still happened. The Japanese Americans were being treated savagely in the internment camps during World War II. One example of the way the Japanese Americans were treated inhumanely was throughout the war the Japanese Americans were trying their hardest to protest against the way they were being treated in the internment camps. The Japanese Americans wanted and insisted to be recognize as loyal American citizens (Library of Congress).
This is exactly why the war became so brutal. Atrocities that were unthinkable to Americans became reality with just enough racial discrimination and propaganda. The Japanese did everything they could to promote and prove to themselves that they were the master race and all other races were just outsiders, some human and some nonhuman. Americans believed most nonwhite races were so inferior they were comparable to species less than human. Stereotypes, propaganda, and prejudice caused the Americans and the Japanese to decrease to worth of the lives of their enemies,; and therefore justified their brutish
Both of these two events prove that the government can force their citizens to do anything under their power. I think some parts of the government abuse the right of their power and manipulate their citizens into doing unlawful events. Both, the Oceania government and the U.S government had forced their citizens to do what they say even though it was against their individual rights. After, the Pearl Harbor attack Japanese-Americans were forced into internment camps. Not because they were found guilty of anything but just for the fact that they were Japanese and their ancestors were from Japan.
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