Wednesday, April 19, 2017

World War II and the treatment to the Japanese

Do you agree that racial prejudice does not play a role in the government's treatment of Japanese Americans during world war 2? Give reasons to support your answer.

I do agree that racial prejudice didn't play a role in the government's treatment of Japanese Americans during world war 2 primary because the government claimed that their actions were not based off of hostility to the Japanese race but rather due to the current circumstances of being in war with Japan. The government had to protect the overarching population of America and by doing this they needed to know who they could and couldn't trust. The military claimed that they did not have enough time to figure outshot was to be trusted and who wasn't to be trusted so they had to make a decision in best interest of their resources and their time. I do think they could have handled the situation differently and in a more respectful manner; however, I do not think their actions were based on an underlying stance of prejudice against the Japanese.


In times of war, governments often must balance the needs of national security with the civil rights of its citizens. In your opinion, did the Japanese internment order find the right balance between these competing values? Explain your reasons.

I do not think so, because, yes, the American government had national security in mind; however, they were not fair to all citizens. For example, Korematsu was born in America which made him a born citizen with American rights. But because of Korematsu external appearance of having Japanese descent, his rights vanished. His property and belongings were to be dispelled; he had to sell his belongings prior to entering the camp that he was to be forced to live at due to what he looks like. Korematsu challenged in court that he was being discriminated against because of his race, which he was. I think the courts should have took this case as an eye opening experience because what Korematsu was saying was true and his words could have been be empathized with. However, the government claimed that their course of action in removing and containing the Japanese people in America was needed for national security. I think a better balance could have been to conduct background checks in the time of war. The American government has the duty to keep its citizens safe and at the same time uphold the rights of every citizen. I think that the idea of background checks could have been a more healthy balance and not as traumatic for the Japanese-American people.


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