There was a fear of sabotage from Japanese Americans or Japanese nationals posing as American citizens. Eugene V. Rostow from Harper’s Magazine wrote, “These people were taken into custody as a military measure on the ground that espionage and sabot...
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...erties from the Japanese Americans. The Anglos wanted the Japanese Americans to be interned so they could take the property left behind. This was a sign of greed, not an applicable explanation for interning them. There was no rationalization that Japanese Americans needed to be sent to internment camps for their own protection as well. There were never reports of Japanese Americans being attacked due to the war. Finally, there was the motivation of racial prejudice, which was absolutely ridiculous. Just because they had Japanese ancestry, one could not say that they were spies and fifth columnists. In all races of people, there could be good and bad characteristics. A human could not control their race, but he could make himself trustworthy. As has been indicated, there were no valid reasons for the government to intern the Japanese Americans during World War II.
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