Racial demeanor towards the Japanese has existed long before the Japanese Empire attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Even back in 1905 some Americans despised the idea of growing immigration from Japan. These white workers claimed that the typical Japanese man was “bumptious, disagreeable, and unreliable”, and that the country would be blessed to receive less “oriental labor” (Japanese Cheap Labor). These negative stereotypes of not only Japanese, but Asians in general, have affected the way Americans perceived Asians ever since they started immigrating to the United States. Negative stereotypes and racism have been affecting Japanese-Americans decades before Japan was an enemy nation. The overwhelming majority of German and Italian-Americans were never interned, although their lineage came from Axis nations. Executive Order 9066 never even targeted Japanese-Americans. It clearly states:
“[The] Military Commander may determine, from which any or all persons may be excluded, and with respect to which, the right of any person to enter, remain in, or leave shall be subject to whatever restrictions the Secretary of War or the appropriate Military Commander may impose in his discretion.” (Japanese-American Internment 71)
Executive Order 9066 did not specifically mention Japanese-Americans, so why were most of them interned while German and Italian-Americans were not? Ye...
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...amiliar with the Japanese, only with stereotypes. This created tension causing a higher demand for removing them from the west coast.
There may be several applicable reason as to why the United States Government chose to intern people of Japanese ancestry, but the blatant racism stands out the most. Reasoning behind their internment was not just because they were an enemy nation who attacked us. If the United States Government was more rational about their fear of a homeland attack, they would only intern the individuals who were proven to be loyal to the Empire of Japan. The internment of Japanese-Americans was unjust and unconstitutional. The Constitution states that “all men are created equal” with “certain unalienable rights”, so why do we hold the rights of one group over the rights of another, based solely on the fact that they’re a different ethnicity?
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