According to the article, ¨Fighting for Democracy¨, it states “I was angered to realize that my government felt that I was disloyal and part of the enemy, [an] enemy alien,” Inouye said. “And I wanted to be able to demonstrate, not only to my government, but to my neighbors that I was a good American.” This shows that many volunteered for the task force to prove America wrong about Japanese Americans. Many wanted to show everyone, that they are loyal and just as American as anybody
However, America once did the very thing it is disdainful of. In WWII, Americans discriminated against Japanese American citizens. In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, America hastily took the rights of Japanese Americans by placing them in Japanese Internment Camps, where atrocious conditions destroyed a culture’s faith in the Land of the Free. On December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes stealthily attacked an American naval base on the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii. Lasting just over two hours, the Japanese destroyed nearly 20 vessels, 8 large battleships, and over 300 fighter planes.
The attack happened on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the attack happened in Pearl Harbor Hawaii. The attack was 2 hours in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, there were exactly 21 ships in the U.S. Pacific fleet that had been sunk or severely damaged. There were exactly 188 United States aircrafts that were destroyed and exactly 159 that were damaged. That would make a total amount of 2,403 innocent people that were killed, the majority were the soldiers and sailors. When Japan sent their planes to attack the United States Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, they desired to make themselves look strong, but it made a lot of people think that they are heartless and ruthless.
United States” it discusses a case where Fred Korematsu got arrested for not leaving his home in California. The reason he was asked to leave his house is because of the Executive Order 9066 which made all persons of Japanese Ancestry leave the west coast. He made this order because of the war between the US and Japan and the west coast is the closest place to Japan in America. People were very paranoid that the Japanese living on the west coast were spies and the US needed to do this avoid sabotage. The US knew that this was unconstitutional, but during wartime sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures.
They were previously “special targets of white hostility ” (Pbs 1) and when the bombing happened they were set up to be blamed. Before Japanese Americans could not own land, eat in white restaurants, and some could not become citizens. They were not considered real citizens of the united states and this caused people to believe that they were traitors and untrustworthy. The bombing gave Americans a chance to “ renew their hostility toward their Japanese neighbor.”(Pbs 1) This meant that they could take back what they claimed as theirs. The purpose of the US’s prevailing 2018 belief of the Japanese-Americans in 1941 was to make people as if they were obligated to falsely blame Japanese descent for the bombing.
Almost all Japanese Americans were punished and held accountable for the actions of a small group. Many of the camps didn’t provide the proper care for the families they were holding, when they could have remained home living their normal life. Lastly, many Japanese Americans were forced to accept racism as the ‘new norm’ which is inhumane. Imprisoning thousands of Japanese and disciplining them for the actions of a small group, is inappropriate and unfair. Due to the internment camps, many family members were lost and many families were torn apart.
Two months after December 7, 1941, when Japanese launched their aircraft to attack American Pacific fleet, Hawaii, which killed 2,403 American citizen, soldiers, and civilians and sink many boats, airplanes, President Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066 to designate military area which targeted to more than 110,000 Japanese American people living along the West Coast. This Order raised up the unfair situation in the America’s society, deeply affect to the economic and the military camp did not provide enough safety condition for all Japanese America. The Executive Order of President Roosevelt created unfair situations in the American society because this order forced all Japanese American lost their jobs, their houses and their life without any specific evidences which proved they supported Japan to attack America. No one have rights to judge other people based on their race, color or their origin, but the President made an Order which completely again that idea. There were more than 158,000 Japanese people in Hawaii forced to leave their home, and gave up their jobs.
Because about 3 months before their internment, Japan itself did attack a harbor, destroying ships, ruining a lot of people’s lives, breaking FDR’s heart down. During this internment, Japanese people, except those who lived in Hawaii, treated in a most badly way. There’s an attitude in some Americans that discriminated someone by their races, so then some people hated Japs, because they’re Asians. “Propaganda began to spread that Japanese-American fishing boat “will sow mines across the entrance of our ports…. Japanese farmers … will send their peas and potatoes and squash full of arsenic to the markets.” One California barbershop offered “free shaves for Japs” but was not responsible for
The atomic bomb was a terrible thing. It killed 150,000 in Hiroshima and 75,000 in Nagasaki, plus many survivors became horribly disfigured from the intensive heat, and death from radiation is uncertain it may not kill the victims for days, weeks, months, or even years. (Although the bomb did save the USA from sending foot soldier to Japan, the Japanese were ready to surrender on terms that they can keep their empire and we had no need to use it). Japan was the first to feel the destructive power of the atomic bomb. Killing a quarter of a million people and costing two billion dollars of war replenish.
What was it like for Japanese Americans in their own homes and what was it like for the 442nd team when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor? In “Wartime Mistakes”, many Japanese Americans were mistaken for Japanese that may have been pretending to live in the United States, so, to many people, they looked like they were the enemy. In “Go For Broke”, the story takes place inside a war and focuses mainly on the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (or the 442nd R.C.T. team). This article is ended with a letter from Frank Hachia to his eighth grade teacher he wrote while he was traveling by sea.