Japanese-American Internment – SocialConflict During WarIntoday’s America, outrageous beliefs like racism and discrimination arepractically nonexistent. Unfortunately, this hasn’t always been the case for America,as prejudiced views still raged strongly throughout the nation a mere 70 yearsago. Unfairly treated, and cruelly forced to relocate to inhumane internmentcamps, Japanese-Americans faced these harsh conditions during World War II. Thisbrutal internment of Japanese-Americans led to an influx of Civil Rights movementsand helped create many significant laws. Consequently, this conflict has helpedshape America into the free and independent place we know today, with itsmodern society and government becoming more accepting every second. World War II was anoteworthy war that involved many influential nations, and would be responsiblefor the controversial Japanese-American internment.
As rising tensions betweenJapan and America grew, it ultimately led up to “The Japanese attack on PearlHarbor, the U.S. naval station in Hawaii, on December 7, 1941” (“JapaneseAmerican Internment”). This unwelcoming attack would soon set off major conflictbetween America and Japan. Scarred from the attack, fear grew that the Japanesewould attack the U.
S., which brought about the unfair internment of Japanese-Americansduring WWII. (“Japanese American Internment”)TheJapanese-American internment was the discriminative confinement of American citizensof Japanese background during World War II. The fact that America was onlytargeting Japanese-Americans is a crucial detail that represents the vile Americanideals of the 1940s.
In 1942, “President Franklin Roosevelt signed ExecutiveOrder 9066”, which authorized the internment of Japanese-Americans (“JapaneseAmerican Internment”). What’s scary is the fact that Executive Order 9066 wasable to pass through every step of a bill without any moral questions asked.After this harsh law went in effect, Japanese-Americans were moved to temporarydetention camps by June 1942, and later on to various internment camps byNovember 1942 (“Internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II”). Thesepitiless internment camps closely resemble the horrifying concentration campsof the Holocaust, in the way that they both held people with an opposingfeature against their will. However, Japanese-American internment camps did notgo to such extremes as the Holocaust’s brutal camps. The unjustified internmentof Japanese-Americans would not see any further action until the December 1944rule in Ex parte Endo (“Internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II”).Although internment seems like an issue that should besolved right away, the internment of Japanese-Americans wouldn’t be solveduntil about 3 years after the issue rose up.
This internment was put to a stopin December 1944, when “the Supreme Court ruled in Ex parte Endo”, which meantthat Japanese-Americans could not be held against their will any longer (Internmentof Japanese-Americans during World War II). Don’t think too fast though,because even with this new law, Japanese-Americans were far from being fine. Itwouldn’t be until later laws like the McCarren Walker Act of 1952, and theCivil Liberties Act of 1988 which provided Japanese-Americans with an officialapology, restitution for former internees, added internment to public education,and allowed for Japanese immigration (“The Legacy of Japanese-AmericanInternment”). These laws show how America has grown and matured as a country.
Though it may not be apparent, the compromise of Japanese-American internment hashad a huge impact that still resonates today.Japanese-American internment has helped shaped Americainto its open-minded and accepting place we know today. With events like 9/11,Japanese Americans were one of the most prominent groups to make sure thatcivil and constitutional rights are preserved (“The Legacy of Japanese-AmericanInternment”). Instead of repeating their mistakes, America learned from theirmistakes and made sure internment never happens again.
Activist groups todayeven say that, one of their top priorities is to make sure that internmentnever happens again in America. (“The Legacy of Japanese-American Internment”).America has made a complete 360 when dealing with Japanese-American internment.Instead of dwelling on their mistakes and doing nothing, they found a way toimprove themselves. This is the type of change that allows the world toprogress, and there is no doubt that America has made the right choice for everyone.
Though Japanese-American internmentmay not be happening now, the influence that it’s had still lives on today. Theinternment started as a cruel and menacing conflict, but as compromise began tobe more apparent, America decided to improve itself. Instead of holdinggrudges, and dwelling over their mistakes, America learned from their mistakes.This type of thinking allowed America to become the open-minded, free, and progressiveplace it is today.
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