Analysis Of Fred Korematsu's A Country I Thought I Belonged In

Topics: Racism, Japanese American internment, United States / Pages: 6 (1371 words) / Published: Mar 21st, 2017
Feeling Excluded in A Country I Thought I Belonged In
“No one should ever be locked away simply because they share the same race, ethnicity, religion, as a spy or terrorist. If that principle was not learned from the internment of Japanese Americans, then these are very dangerous times for our democracy” (Korematsu). Those were the words of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese civil rights hero who fought courageously in 1944 against the United States on the Internment of Japanese Americans. Korematsu’s actions sparked a movement in national history and at the time, no one could ever defy or rely on the government for help towards minorities. Japanese Americans committed no actoricies to be mass incarnated away from their homes, so why were they automatically
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As it was not a security issue but based more on a racism was the key motivation to the interment. Even before the Pearl Harbor incident, discriminatory laws were present and Japanese Americans were easily seen as racially inferior. As Jerry Morelock describes how racism played a key into the internment of Japanese Americans in “Japanese Internment During WWII”, “When the flood of Japanese immigration to the U. S. began at the turn of the 20th century, white Pacific Coast residents (where 90-percent of Japanese immigrants settled) immediately resented the influx of a people they saw as racially inferior. This prompted discriminatory laws, such as the 1905 California Anti-Miscegenation Law that forbade the marriage of Caucasians and “Mongolians” (referring to both Japanese and Chinese)”(Morelock). By forbidding people of Asian descent to do anything a regular white American can do, visualizes the racial construct in America and how Americans have been accustomed to the fact that people of color are seen lesser and have been longed oppressed than white Americans who are accustomed to the privileged …show more content…
For instance, in Hannah Miles “WWII Propaganda: The Influence of Racism”, Miles explains an example of a photograph that shows derogatory social and racial behaviors that cause Americans to develop fear and to be convinced that the Japanese Americans were a threat to society. “This is the Enemy, circulated in the United States following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Its purpose was to embody the entire Japanese nation as a ruthless and animalistic enemy that needed to be defeated...By dehumanizing the Japanese and instilling fear in the minds of Americans, WWII propaganda posters prompted cultural and racial hatred that led to massive historical consequences for the Japanese” (Miles). This is the Enemy is a poster that represents a woman terrified for her life and screaming as a Japanese man depicted as a terrifying monster is about to stab the woman. The Japanese man doesn’t look like a regular person but instead of a ape or a beast with sharp claws, narrow, smaller eyes, and a wider mouth. This is an example of a strategies that are widely used in propaganda as described by Miles again. They are fear tactic, which the expression of the woman, the dark background, the Japanese soldier who points the knife at the woman evoking this panic, and fear, create the menacing tone. Then stereotypes, which are the yellow skin color, the

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