Japanese Internment Camps During Ww2

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Whenever America goes to war, the public is made to believe that all of their country's actions are for the greater good in order to justify them. The behavior of the United States during World War II in military action abroad, and in treatment of minorities at home keeps an ongoing essence of animosity towards people of the same ethnicity of those who we are fighting. The country's wartime policies do not respect the rights of ordinary people, and the actions postwar do not exemplify the supposed values for which the war was supposed to have been fought. The reason we fight in wars is to fuel the industrial/economic complex in America, and also to maintain the political dominance that America holds in the world. When America goes to war, …show more content…
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, many government officials thought the Japanese might have spies hiding amongst the ethnic Japanese populations in the country. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the internment of all those of Japanese ancestry into camps during the executive order 9066. Over one hundred and twenty thousand people of Japanese ancestry were taken from their homes and placed into camps where they had to stay during the years of World War II. Over two thirds of these Japanese people were American citizens. Living in the internment camps was a "living hell" as described from former internees. Conditions were horrid, unsanitary, and food/supplies were scarce. Witness accounts stated that many people died from illness, stress, and the lack of medical care. There are not many specific records on the number of people who died there. The American population as a whole were too caught up in the war hysteria to recognize a difference between Japanese living in Japan, and United State citizens with Japanese ancestry. In Tadashi Nakamura's film, Pilgrimage, it talks about Japanese Americans getting involved with their community to make society aware on Japanese internment during the war, and the horrors of it. Quoted from the movie, "That's patriotism but it's also bonding together against the enemy, and if you look like the enemy, you are in the trouble... You start losing human rights... You have to imagine yourself being a normal person, and then in one day being the enemy..." This is in reference towards Japanese Americans sympathizing with those of middle eastern ancestry in response to the xenophobia that they faced after the 9/11 bombings. Patriotism is not always good, as it can be a blind view as society is heavily influenced by what the media tells them. Another example of media manipulation is when the film

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