So much we left behind, but the most valuable thing I lost was my freedom."
timeline of events
THE VIOLATION OF RIGHTS
The United States' Bill of Rights is depicted to the left (also below). These are the basic rights of all citizens to the United States. Japanese Americans witnessed a violation of the following Amendments.
- Amendment I: VIOLATED
- Amendment IV: VIOLATED
- Amendment V: VIOLATED
- Amendment VI: VIOLATED
- Amendment VIII: VIOLATED
I kept saying that I was a loyal American citizen and that it just couldn't happen in a democracy."
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in the media
Above is a cartoon depicting the evacuation of Japanese Americans to internment camps. The artist shows irony in this depiction. The cartoon depicts people in the back of a truck driving across a military zone. The truck reads "California Born Japanese Citizens/Loyal to U.S.A." This shows how people who were actually native born to America are being discriminated against simply because their country of ancestry was at war with the United States. The sign reads "Out Of Harm's Way." One of the most ironic aspects of this cartoon is the American flag waving proudly in the background while American born citizens are being imprisoned right in front of it. This is just one of many examples involving the various views of the internment of Japanese Americans.
Above is another visual depiction of how Japanese Americans were being treated like during this time. This is an example of an extremely aggressive propaganda poster against the Japanese. Not only is this encouraging hate towards the Japanese, it is promoting war stamps as well. Many of these posters were seen during this time in an attempt to justify the reason for the evacuation of Japanese Americans to the internment camps. In fact, the U.S. government would also show videos of the internment camps before movies in an attempt to depict the internment camps as comfortable living places. In this way, U.S. citizens would feel better about the internment since it would seem as if their country is protected against Japanese American "spies" and the Japanese Americans would not be suffering in the camps. This could also make people feel that what the United States was doing was not similar to what the Nazis were doing at that time. In some ways, the United States was not creating concentration camps but rather internment camps. Unfortunately, the concept of taking in a specific race and segregating them was still used by both the United States and the Nazis.