Japanese Internment Analysis

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We do not forgive easily. After World War II, our fear and resentment of Japan was strong in our hearts, as approximately 106,207 Americans were murdered and 248,316 Americans were wounded or declared missing by the hands of the Japanese. Even after the dust settled between our people, America never forgave Japan for their stubborn refusal to surrender and needless desire to drag on the war in hopes of negotiable bargains that would profit the cities of Japan. With Japanese American citizens in the heart of our country, President Roosevelt, clouded with war hysteria and racial discrimination against those with Japanese ancestry, he ordered Executive Order 9066 which resulted in the internment of Japanese American citizens. Many Americans felt that this order would protect America from Japanese espionage and attacks on our nation, but the Executive Order 9066 ushered an unjust wave of misinformation and insinuations to develop in …show more content…

American citizen Fred Korematsu refused to comply with interment orders and was convicted of violating military orders and taken to an internment camp. Korematsu appealed his case to the Supreme Court. He claimed that he was given no due process, and that the Fifth Amendment guaranteed him a fair trial. He also noted that no judge or jury had convicted Korematsu of a crime, and no evidence suggested that Korematsu posed a threat to the security of the nation. Korematsu also pressed that this was an act of racial discrimination in that military leaders were displaying racist motivations against Japanese Americans, and the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteed him equal protection as an American-born citizen despite his cultural background. The Supreme Court rebutted his claims, stating that there was not enough time to conduct a trail or hearing for each Japanese American and the need to protect our nation against espionage outweighed Korematsu 's

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