Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbour in early December 1941, the American people were hesitant about joining World War II. However the attack which impacted the nation directly, ignited a desire for revenge on the Japanese. The attack sent the country into a panic, and the American government were not at all pleased with the unprovoked surprise attack. Thus, the use of racial stereotyping and dehumanising the Japanese, representing them as rats, became prominent during World War II. The American government used the attack on Pearl Harbour to demonise the Japanese in various different ways, creating a common hatred for their enemy nationwide.
Japanese Relocation The relocation and internment of the Japanese in America is often seen as one of our nation's greatest mistakes. For many, the quest is to now understand why we committed such an atrocious act. The most common explanations include racist attitudes, military ‘necessity’, and economic reasons. Japanese relocation was a disgracefully racist act that the Government of the U.S committed, an act that was virtually unnecessary and unjustified. For many farms in America, Japanese Americans could be seen working.
The establishing of the camps were issued by Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order 9066 which from 1942 to 1945 it was policy of the U.S Government that all people of Japanese descent to be moved and interned in isolated camps (internment camps). This executive order was enacted after the devastating attack on pearl harbor and the ensuing war with Japan. The executive order 9066 was established on February 19, 1942 with the intention of preventing espionage on American shores and the overall well being of the country. Military zones were created in California, Washington, and Oregon these states are with large Japanese populations, the order commanded relocation of Japanese Americans, this order affected the lives of 117,000 people the majority of these affected people were Japanese american citizens. Other countries did exactly what the united states did, the biggest one being Canada when they relocated 21,000 of their Japanese citizens from their west coast.
It all started off with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, this spelled trouble for the Japanese immigrants already settled in America. They worked hard to overcome discrimination and managed to establish small businesses and farms (Roosevelt, 1942, p. 112). Another reason for such the drastic measure taken, was the growing distrust in Japanese immigrants and their children. To justify taking the Japanese Americans, General John L. DeWitt was convinced that they were more loyal to their Japanese heritage than their American citizenship (Roosevelt, 1942, p. 112). Internment Camps Due to the lack of trust in the Japanese citizens and immigrants, President Kennedy ordered them all to be sent to detention camps.
Stone asserted that racial discrimination was legitimate because "in time of war residents having ethnic affiliations with an invading enemy may be a greater source of danger than those of a different ancestry." Implications: More people skeptical/lose trust in US government, racial discrimination of Japanese, and in 1990, US government paid compensations to confined Japanese Changes: Similar case with Korematsu v. United States that is still upheld the constitutionally of Japanese internment camps during World War
Not only this but many Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps to “protect the people of any harm”. Internment camps were camps which forced Japanese Americans to live in closed entries to “protect” America from harm. These camps violated their freedom and justified racism in American
To What Extent was the Social and Political Power Limited for Minority Groups in the United States from 1920 to 1945? A “minority” is defined as “individuals with similar cultures and/or ethnicities that are distinct from the powerful and dominant group”. In the United States, a minority is one who suffers social disadvantages due to their lack of political power. Racism against Africans Americans was a consequence of slavery in the American South. Racism was also experienced by Japanese-Americans following the horrific events of Pearl Harbor.
“A lot of people think that the union went to war with the confederacy to end slavery, but they were just trying to preserve the nation from falling apart into different sections” (Pruitt).The main reason why people don't like the confederate flag is because use of racism they see in the confederate flag. it did not start as a racist symbol people made or thought of it in that way. “Some racists display the confederate flag as well as the christian cross and the american flag should these be qualifies as racist as well” ("The New York Times Company"). Most racism ideas come from people who hear or see people killing blacks like the South Carolina church shooting in 2015 where Dylann Roof killed nine black worshipers, or if they just don't understand the history behind the civil war and the flag itself. The flag was associated with the Ku Klux Klan and
The end of Greater East Asia Coprosperity Continuing with the story, ( This was after the World War 2) after colonizing some countries the Japanese gave them to do hard work ,torturing them. This was something the other Asians did not expect so some really rebelled against this new order. Some were trying to call for help from their previous colonizers like us with the Americans. So things were getting out of hand ,and countries start to disappear from their hold until most of the Asian countries were free. Japan signed an instrument in a sign to surrender on USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor in September 2, 1945.
World War II took place between 1939 and 1945, the war was against Germany, Japan and Italy, meanwhile when the war was taken place, in America some Japanese Americans were victims of discrimination and racism. All this discrimination, and racism increased right after Pearl Harbor (1941) because the government started to suspect that some of these Japanese Americans will sympathize with the Japan attack and progressive they would start to support them. During this period, those Japanese people who used to live in America were victims of a bad treatment of discrimination. The Americans took their rights away, they cannot became citizens or own land, after this around 120,000 Japanese Americans moved to prison camps around the country. This Japanese-American internment was just the separate of Japanese people from American people.