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Racism The Question of Japanese Internment During World War TwoDuring World War Two approximately one hundred and ten thousand Japanese citizens and aliens were evacuated interned and either relocated or imprisoned in desolate camps on the basis of their loyalty to the United States This was justified as a military necessity because the Japanese were thought to be a threat to the security of the west coast of the United States After the bombing of Pearl Harbor age-old stereotypes that had their origin in the pioneer age of the old west were reactivated and turned against the Japanese as they had been used against the Chinese in years previous These exclusionist attitudes have their origin back when the white prospectors had to compete with American Indians Mexicans and later the Chinese in order to find good land to mine All people especially non-whites were considered a threat to a miner who was trying to stake a claim in the west Then later on when industry and the railroads made their way out west many minorities mostly Chinese were discriminated against by white workers as a threat to white employment Later on we will see what this had to do with the Japanese exclusion during World War II The stereotypes that labeled the Japanese as enemies and saboteurs were vastly blown out of proportion by the media at the time The media is directly responsible for creating the yellow peril and engendering war hysteria by way of so many biased articles Publications that were owned by William Hearst such as the San Francisco Examiner and other Newspapers all over the west coast like The Los Angeles times and many others painted pictures of the Japanese as disloyal enemies still faithful to the Japanese emperor who were just waiting for the chance to take out important military installations and blow up key areas of the west coast infrastructure People who had never even set foot in Japan
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