Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Racial Predjudice vs. Goverment Decison
Like Judge Murphy, I disagree with the claim that racial prejudice did not play a role in the government's treatment of the Japanese American during World War II. Firstly to deem a whole race as dangerous because of the actions of a few is in fact a form a racism. A lot of the Japanese Americans who were isolated in interment camps were born in America. In Korematsu's case, he was born in Oakland, which made him a full fledged american, making him subject to the governments protection which he did not receive. The decision on May 9th that would exclude all Japanese persons of Japanese decent was an infringement of american rights all because the government claimed it did not have the "time" to try each individual to see if they had possible ties to the Japanese government. Like Judge Murphy stated, the exclusion order was the governments own way of "legalizing discrimination."
As history usually repeats itself, we saw how after the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, americans became very on edge and quickly started to generalize all Muslims as potential terrorist. Fast Forward 15 years, our newly elected President recently set a travel ban (which was thankfully stricken) on certain countries out in the middle east to prevent people who were potential terrorist into the country. This travel ban affected so many innocent individuals who had no affiliation to terror relations. Families were temporarily unable to see each other and profossers could not get back into their classrooms. This once again proves that within our government, or leaders often use their racist agenda to unfairly govern the people.