Treatment of Japanese Americans during WWII

Treatment of Japanese Americans during WWII


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On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese attacked on Pearl Harbor, and for Japanese Americans, it changed their lives forever. After the attack on Pearl Habor, the Japanese Americans were treated very badly. They were mistreated by the American government, and the American people by being painted with the same brush that was used to condemn the Imperial Japanese. Even the Japanese who were enrolled in the army were pulled out and put in segregated units called the Nisei regiment. Their were 120,000 American Japanese who were removed from their homes and moved to 10 U.S. Army guarded camps in America. The Supreme Court decided this action was justified in the case of Korematsu v. United States.

I assume that they did all that to see if there is like a secret spy helping out the enemy Japanese. There is a side of me that agrees with what they did and another side that just makes me mad. The side that makes me mad points to the fact that American citizens are not always guaranteed their rights if their is strong cultural prejudice against them.  Americans  put fellow citizens in concentration camps during World War II just like their enemies did but the only difference is they released them at the end of the war and did not use them as execution camps.

Were they just treated like animals in a cage?  Were they victims of racism or was their detainment justified during the war?

First and Front Streets, San Francisco, Califo...
First and Front Streets, San Francisco, California. Exclusion Order posted to direct Japanese Americans living in the first San Francisco section to evacuate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)