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Yellow Peril in World War II


            FDR points fingers full of fear at the Japanese Americans in the US. Franklin Delano Roosevelt violated many Japanese American's Constitutional Rights by placing them in internment camps. On February 19, 1942 Roosevelt had signed Executive order 9066 which forcibly relocated Japanese Americans due to the fear of aiding the Japanese in World War II. There was no signs that showed that we had spies. There were only signs of discrimination all throughout the United States towards Japanese Americans. Though this sounded reasonable at the time, it was also new and gave little to no proof that Japanese Americans were aiding the enemy. Executive order 9066 was wrong due to the fact that it violated Japanese American's rights to forcibly be put in Internment Camps.
             Executive Order 9066 was an order granting the secretary of state(a.k.a secretary of defense) the power to designate military areas which "any or all persons may be excluded." This extensive power was used against the Japanese Americans and anyone else who was considered to be a threat. This order was specifically made to imprison people of Japanese descent. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans, about 62 percent were American citizens, were sent to war relocation camps that had been created for the purpose of their internment (Gale). As a result, when they were freed after the war they had no homes or businesses left, and had to start over. The racism that fueled the anti-Japanese movement remained active for years to come. Causing many Japanese American citizens back then and even today to live in poorer circumstances than before the war. Today, racism is still alive and well but now they also have to deal with poverty due to Executive Order 9066 pointing fingers at Japanese Americans in the United States at the time.
             People may say that Japanese Internment helped us win the war. But the idea of Japanese Spies was just a fear and misconception that we had all along.


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