Many Japanese-American lives have changed overnight due to the attack

Many Japanese-American lives have changed overnight due to the attack. The U.S President Roosevelt issued an executive order, seventy-four days after the attack on Pearl Harbor which forced over hundreds of thousands of Japanese-American to leave their homes in California, Washington and Oregon16 and move to one out of ten Internment Camps in lonely parts of the United States. Not even one of these Japanese-Americans had been charged with any type of crime and even more than 70 percent of them were official American citizens. The camps were called “Relcation Centers”17.
They were surrounded by barbed wire and soldiers. The families lived in barracks in which too many people lived in. “We had nothing to do with the war. We simply happened to look like the people that bombed Pearl Harbor.”, said the Japanese-American George Takei in an interview in which he describes his experiences while he lived in a internment camp.18 “We lost everything. We were given a one-way ticket to wherever in the United States we wanted to go to, plus $20.” This shows that the government of the United States did not really care that much about their citizens who have a Japanese ethnicity and their future. But why were the Japanese-American sent to Internment Camps while German or Italian Americans were not? An explanation was given in the apology speech by the Presidential Commission in 1988 which said that it was a “failure of political leadership”.

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