Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Korematsu vs. United States

During World War Two in 1944, the case of Korematsu vs. The United States took place and was just another way that America found to discriminate against another race. It was a 6-3 case in which 6 were for the United States and three were against. This case dealt with the exclusion of Japanese Americans in order to protect the security of the country. The government had first placed a curfew on the Japanese Americans living on the West Coast; they had to stay in their houses from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. After America realized that treating these people as teenagers wasn't going to work, they decided to isolate them into internment camps in order to make sure the disloyal members of their group weren't working with the Japanese government and planning an attack.

Although it was important for the government to protect the security of the nation during the time of war, there could have been a 100 different approaches the government could have taken. Instead of specifically finding those who were involved with working with the government, they targeted the whole group. And even though the government believes that these internment camps would provide the right security, "Japanese Americans were forced to sell their homes and personal belongings and move." Also, the camps were basic or barracks and "many of them didn't have running water or cooking facilities" which made them difficult to live in. This shows that this was a way that the government was discriminated against this race since they didn't bother placing them in livable camps after these people had to sell their homes and belongings.

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