Two months after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, about 120,000 Japanese-Americans were relocated to internment camps across the country. This is known to be one of the most shameless violations of our civil rights in American History.
In 1940, 127,000 people of Japanese descent lived in the U.S. About a third of them had been born in Japan “and in some states could not own land, be naturalized as citizens, or vote” (History para. 2). After the bombing at Pearl Harbor, a rumor was spread saying that the Japanese-Americans were behind it in an attempt to sabotage the war effort. A year later, Roosevelt removed people of Japanese descent from the West Coast due to fear of public sabotage, military authorities, and farmers wanting to get rid of Japanese competition. Later, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing all Japanese-Americans to leave the West Coast.
So a bunch of Japanese-Americans were forced to sell their land and leave their home all because of their race. People just thought, “Oh, some Japanese people bombed us! That must mean that ALL people of Japanese descent are evil!” I would feel quite betrayed by my country if this happened to me and my family. I would feel like my rights were being taken away from me, and that is not okay.
History.com Staff. “Japanese-American Relocation.”
Accessed 1 November 2017.