Internment of Japanese Americans


The internment of Japanese Americans took place around the time of World War II. During this time 120,000 Japanese Americans were arrested in the US. Their crime charges were simply having ancestors that were japanese. They were expected to still be loyal to their home country of Japan, who the US was at war with at the time. This event messed up the lives of the Japanese Americans, how it affected their concept on American citizenship, and how I would  feel about this if I was in their shoes.

During this time, thousands were arrested and separated from their families. They were held in internment camps, isolated from the rest of the citizens of the USA. There were ten camps that held the Japanese Americans as prisoners. These camps were not very nice for these people, They were put on hard work in factories and were fed limited food at certain times. There was also frequent violence that took place in these camps. Many guards who worked there were abusive towards these people. This caused the prisoners to revolt and riot. These events left bad impacts on the prisoners, making them rethink their decision on living in America.

Internment made the Japanese Americans reconsider the thought of American citizenship. If someone from a foreign country gained American citizenship, they have the right to be free and practice their beliefs, The internment of Japanese Americans was injustice in their eyes and they have the right to believe that. They believed that they were free from Japan by living here in the US. These arrests based on their ancestors made them think other wise about freedom.

If I was in their shoes I would be outraged. I would not put up with what the US was trying to do to my family and me. Thinking about the fact that I am a free citizen, being taken away from my home based off of my race. I would have tried to get others suffering the same circumstances to get together and stand up for our rights. If they came to my house I would try to resist the arrest and state that I am a legal citizen here in the US.

Internment of the Japanese Americans was not a good look for the US. The paranoia of World War II can easily be used as the main cause for all of this. The US had the right to be scared of possible insiders from Japan, but to arrest them just because they are japanese is not the right way to go about it. This situation could have been easily avoided if the government would have looked into these people rather than just sending in troops to arrest these innocent American citizens.

4 thoughts on “Internment of Japanese Americans

  1. There were many actions taken throughout World War II that were wrong, and interment camps are one of them. American citizens were taken to internment camps because of their race and background. Some of these Japanese Americans were even born in the Untied States; they had never even gone to Japan. The living conditions in these camps were horrible because of how crowded it was and the lack of privacy. It would be hard to image the effect this had on the Japanese Americans. I would be upset about being an American citizen. The government they put their faith into turned against them purely because of their race. It’s hard to image something like this happening today.

  2. Certainly if the US government wanted loyal citizens, this was the opposite way to achieve that. For all the talk that the US has about freedom from tyranny, this country has just as much capacity to commit atrocities. The irony of fighting a war against an oppressive regime that racially profiles it’s own citizens while also doing something similar on the home-front.

  3. The United States definitely did not handle the Japanese-Americans citizens of the US properly. While I do understand why they did what they did, there were other ETHICAL ways to go abouts this. What they did by hauling all Japanese-Americans to camps and making them leave behind pretty much everything, easily could ruin ones life. The US overreacted when they did not have any evidence of “secret spies”. It saddens me that these poor families had to go through this in a time that was booming for the rest of the United States.

  4. Although America is portrayed as “free” our country was no stranger to slavery of many races. I think that this internment of the Japanese Americans is something that is often looked over due to tricking the American people that they live in a perfect nation. The hypocrisy behind the situation is very shameful. America was attempting to free the Jews from the concentration camps in Europe, while America had concentration camps of their own.

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