World War Ii: Japanese Internment Camps


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Present during and after World War 2, the hatred for the Japanese was bred into the minds of white American Citizens. The Japanese encountered physical, emotional, and psychological torture during these times due to biases formed upon racial discrimination, propaganda, and the presumed loyalty of any Japanese to Emperor Hirohito. The main 3 motivators for the Executive Order 9066 by President FDR were concern about national security threats, social and racial attitudes, and economic issues including land and business ownership, the most important factor would be the acting upon Social and Racial Attitudes against Japanese, and Japanese Americans.

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The hate of the Japanese due to racial issues was very a significant motivation in the internment including Japanese cheap labor, and the choosing of mainly Japanese in order to act upon person bias and signify Japanese as lower class immigrants. Japanese cheap labor was a huge part of the internment (“Japanese Cheap Labor”). “Since the lower standard of Japanese life relieves that country from any fear of competition on its own soil, it will be necessary for the United States to take the initiative in the negotiations. The Japanese laborer is at this time by no means ‘Servile,’ because he doesn’t need to be. The Japanese always adapts himself to his environment. In this state it is claimed that we need Japanese labor to harvest our fruit and cultivate our beet fields and seed farms. If, as Mr. Seward said, half a century ago, there was an irrepressible conflict between freedom and the slavery which then existed in our land, the conflict between home life and vagabond life is just as irrepressible and far more terrible. This is significant because this affected everyone from the young to the old. Their worth is not shown. As civilian exclusion orders were posted across West Coast cities, Japanese Americans learned they had a week to ten days to pack up their lives and report for indefinite incarceration. Despite decades of exclusionary laws and policies intended to keep Japanese Americans from thriving in America, first generation Issei had worked for decades to establish themselves and raise families here (densho).’ Already are conducting ‘removal sales,’ and many complain that they are being annoyed by white competitors, now that the Japanese are faced with evacuation. For the first several months of ‘Evacuation’ it was unclear which agency would be responsible for safeguarding Japanese American property. According to historian Sandra Taylor, ‘Initial losses were compounded by vandalism and the local officials’ indifference to protecting Japanese property.’ In President Truman signed the Japanese American Evacuation Claims Act Into law, with the intent that it would provide some compensation for the economic loss suffered during WWII. However, the requirements for proving loss and other red tape rendered the program largely ineffective. This was not the only significant cause of internment even though it was a massive one, seeing that cheap labor from Japanese workers was taken advantage of by the wealthy white people of America, and solidified hatred and the low class of Japanese and Japanese Americans.

The explicit and obvious hatred of Japanese portrayed in propaganda is another huge part in the internment. One example of this is the picture of this white woman in front of her house (national american historical society). She is showing her hate physically for this group of people that have done nothing to her, her hatred formed on biases of people above her, which automatically makes her “intellectually higher class” because she agrees with those in power. This is a huge reason because the lady took time to portray her hatred and created a physical sign of it that states “JAPS KEEP MOVING THIS IS A WHITE MAN’S NEIGHBORHOOD” (“Japs Keep Moving”). In a pamphlet issued by the group, they argued first and foremost that all Japanese were “a menace”: “The Japanese were a menace until removed, and will become a menace again when returned.” This shows how America felt about the Japanese when they came and when they left. during internment, various anti-Japanese groups formed up and down the West Coast. In Seattle, the two most prominent anti-Japanese groups were the Remember the Pearl Harbor League (RPHL) and the Japanese Exclusion League (JEL) (densho). This is important because these reactionary groups hated Japanese and Japanese Americans so much that created multiple organizations of other people that hate him. Lastly the last major reason for the Japanese internment.

Disregard from their feelings was one of the last major part in the internment. No country has ever won a war because of courtesy, and I trust and pray we won’t be the first one to lose one because of the lovely, gracious spirit. (McLemore). The only Japanese apprehended have been the ones the F.B.I. actually had something on. There isn’t an airport in California that isn’t flanked by Japanese farms. You walk up and down the streets and you bump into Japanese in every block. Everywhere that the Japanese have attacked to date, the Japanese population has risen to aid the attackers. Sure, this would work an unjustified hardship on 80 percent or 90 percent of the California Japanese. If making one million innocent Japanese uncomfortable would prevent one-scheming Japanese from costing the life of one American boy, then let the million innocents suffer. This is important because they treated the japanese like they were foreign objects.

The hate of the Japanese due to racial issues was very a significant motivation in the internment including Japanese cheap labor, the disregard of their feeling and just pure hate was the most important significant because it was just completely inhuman and disrespectful. The americans never took a step back and take into account that these people’s lives have been destroyed in front of their eyes or they were afraid the there homes that they put so much hard work into could be demolished. With that being said they chose to migrate to america in hopes of reaching a safe ground but they ended up in a state of hatred when they had no wrong doings. This caused a lot of americans to hate these people without ever knowing this population of people personally and they are being very stereotypical and grouping everyone under this umbrella of hate. These people are just like us they’re just trying to survive and make it like everyone else in the world.

In conclusion the hate of the japanese was very a significant motivation internment, japanese cheap labor, the hate of Japanese and Disregard from their feelings. The americans had not love and basically hd no heart for the Japanese and their well being. They wanted nothing to do with them yet they bombed them and started a war for nothing but got mad and filled their heart with hate when the Japanese migrated to their country for shelter. Basically in conclusion never let hate overtake just because others feel the need to let it.

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