Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Korematsu Questions

The Japanese internment order did not find the right balance between the needs of national security and the rights of citizens. If anything, the needs of national security were put in priority. One important factor to consider was that there were no reported cases of any coalition between Japanese-Americans and the Japanese forces. It is understandable the the U.S. wanted to take action before crimes were possibly committed, but rounding up thousands of Japanese Americans into camps based on assumptions was the very beginning of violating the rights of an American citizen. Civil Rights are put into place to "protect people's freedom from infringement by governments". The very act of government forces forcing Japanese-Americans to sell their homes, personal belongings, and move into internment camps is violating the God-given rights. As stated in the summary: "Many of the [internment camps] did not have running water or cooking facilities." Therefore not only is the government depriving people of basic rights, but also depriving them of means of survival.

I do not agree that racial prejudice plays no part in the government's treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II. In the Dissenting Opinion presented by Mr. Justice Murphy, it is brought to the audience's attention that yes, there were some Japanese American citizens who did play some part in the Japanese war effort. But we can also need to realize that there are Germans, Italians, and other natively European citizens who are staying loyal to their country and committing acts of tyranny against the U.S. No precautions are taken against these citizens based on the fact that they are white. They are the physical representation of the typical American so the government chooses to turn a blind eye. It is only when people of color raise the suspicions of the government do they begin to take action. The discrimination presented by the U.S. government is an act of racism and nothing else.

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