Monday, April 17, 2017

Korematsu Background, Decision, Minority & Majority Opinions #3 on both worksheets

3. In times of war, governments often must balance the needs of national security with the civil rights of its citizens. In your opinion, did the Japanese interment order find the right balance between these coping values? Explains your reasons.

I didn't think they found a balance between those competing values. The American government was worried about Americans helping the enemy Japan because there were many people of Japanese descent living on the West Coast at the time. The Americans were only fearful of this because of the Pearl Harbor bombing. Even though there was no sign of  "sabotage" on the Japanese part, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an Executive order 9066 which allowed military authorities to enact curfews, forbid people from certain areas, and move them to certain areas. This wasn't the solution and this definitely didn't find a balance between the coping values. The Japanese Americans were forced to sell their homes and personal belongings and move to the camps. This was stripping them of their civil rights. They were also forced to live in very basic camps or barracks, many of which did not have running water or cooking facilities. They weren't even exactly sure that Japan was going attack, so they based there new rules and laws off of an assumption.

3. Do you agree that racial prejudice does not play a role in the government's treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II? Give reasons to support your answer.

I disagree. It plays a huge role. Just because of what one Japanese person did, they set laws and regulations to the whole Japanese population and anyone who had Japanese descent. Executive Order 9066 subjected all persons of Japanese ancestry in prescribed West Coast military areas to remain in the residences from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.The curfew was designed as a "protection against espionage and against sabotage." You can't just try to limit and block out everyone of Japanese descent because you think one of them is going to attack you. That's just racial prejudice and the government thought they were letting the people feel a sense of protection knowing they were blocked off from the Japanese.

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