Farewell to Manzanar Essay
The United States Government interning the Japanese-Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor cannot be justified because the actions of the U.S. government toward the Japanese Americans were very immoral, prejudiced, and corrupt. One of the reasons why the internment of Japanese Americans cannot be justified is because Americans had already had bias judgements of Asian Americans, especially the Japanese. Another reason why the actions of the U.S. are so immoral and unfair is that the Japanese Americans were interned without a trial or concrete evidence against them. The U.S. government made a mistake that they later realized and attempted to fix.
American opinions and views toward people of Asian descent were extremely biased, negative, and racially judgmental, despite the fact that many of them were American citizens….
So since, “For over 50 years… Americans has seen newcomers from Japan… as a threat to the ‘American standard of living’ (Myths, Prejudices, and War).” Being viewed as a threat automatically caused the Japanese to be seen as a liability to Americans and put the Japanese-Americans at a huge disadvantage. The Japanese Americans were not treated equally because of the previously formed bias judgements formed against them by Americans which was shown through “state and local laws [that] reflected the belief that people of Asian descent were inferior (Myths, Prejudices, and War).” Changes in the law against a certain ethnicity violates the 14th amendment which states that American citizens who should have been treated with the same rights that Caucasian American citizens were treated…