well. I have realize that the people and government that maintain, cleanse, and protect the social
fabric of America is a great one.
But the social fabric of America is not as clean as we like to
think it is. As a matter of fact the fabric has been stain quite a few times actually, and not with
the type of stains that can be simply remove. But the kind of stains that take years of steam
cleaning and chemical treatment to restore to its original condition. In this case, the stains I am
referring to is regarding the internment of Japanese Americans and the long restoration period it
took for Japanese Americans to restore their lives physically and mentally.
John Locke was an advocator of three natural rights: life, liberty, and property. The Japanese
who were detain lost all of these, including life. When I mean life I don’t mean being executed,
but when you lose your liberty and property based on your ancestry; your whole life has been
basically stripped away from you, so what is life then?
A long history of Anti-Japanese sentiments fueled by economic competition and racial
stereotypes propel the frontrunner(in my opinion) of this unconstitutional act, General DeWitt, to
make it a personal quest of sort to assure a forced exodus of Japanese American into
internment camps, ran by the WRA. The decision of internment was implemented towards
Japanese Americans living on the west coast in 1942 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
of Japanese soldier being aid by Japanese American to help plan the attack on pearl harbor
caused concern for the general public. The fingers of dead Japanese’s soldiers were allege to
have worn class rings from Hawaii university. But what made matter was when many influential
news and media sources failed to investigate these claims of Japanese American sabotages
against the united states. the media didn’t take time to check questionable evidence
of regarding these claims.
The majority of the media were being bias by leading public opinion
polls against Japanese’s Americans instead of presenting evidence. Few journalists have claim
there was no differences between u.s citizens of Japanese ancestry and the Japanese citizens
who attack pearl harbor. A popular slogan for the journalist who felt this way was ” A viper
is nonetheless a viper wherever the egg is hatched.
So a Japanese -American grows up to be
a Japanese not an American. This wartime hysteria was one of the prelude for the internment.
Another cause for the internment came from the white farming communities. To understand
the premise of this support we have to look back to 1905, when delegates from 67 organization
assemble in San Francisco, California, to form the Asiatic Exclusion League, later known as the
Japanese Exclusion League.
After the transcontieal railroad was completed in 1869,
competition for jobs increased. Many organization labor groups first blamed Chinese, the later
Japanese immigrants for unemployment and low wages. The league pressured congress to
keep Japanese Americans out of agriculture and other industries, and to stop all immigration
of Japanese to the U.S.
But Japanese American found loop holes through the alien land laws
and became a dominant force in Agriculture productions. Ultimately, to regain their thrown as
the crop kings of the west, the white farming communties supported the internment.