Incarcerated Japanese-American Citizens During World War II

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If I was one of the thousands of incarcerated Japanese-American "citizens" during World War II, and I was asked to pledge my allegiance to a country of which I could not even attain a valid citizenship, a country that had imprisoned myself and my family because of our ethnicity, it would be an easy decision. No. Furthermore, if they expressed their audacity by asking me if I would be willing to serve in their military, my answer would be synonymous. No. Even with the numerous consequences that would come with my chosen responses, I wouldn 't change them for the world. The American government mistakenly considered those who were deemed disloyal a threat to the United States. Because of that, the obvious red flag to answering no and no, respectively, to Questions 27 and 28 on the loyalty questionnaire, was being separated from the other inmates and isolated at a concentration camp called Tule Lake. The conditions at Tule Lake were filthy and overcrowded, and riots and protests were commonplace. Those who protested against their imprisonment were often sent to federal jail. However,…show more content…
However, most Japanese-Americans weren 't sent to Tule Lake. Most Japanese-Americans answered affirmatively to Questions 27 and 28 on the loyalty questionnaire. Why would they do this despite the clear violation of their civil rights? They did it for a few different reasons. One of them was the spread of patriotism. Many of those Japanese-American citizens believed that the way to be pardoned for their uncommitted crimes, to become a true citizen of the United States, was to enlist into the American military. Another reason is that many Japanese-Americans were very fearful of what the American government had the capability of doing to them. For example, the term "concentration camp" incited fear in many of the Japanese, as during that time, while Adolf Hitler was in power in Germany, concentration camps were where the Jewish people were sent to and where they would most often be

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