Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Japanese Internment Camps

The U.S government did not give equal attention towards national security and the rights of citizens during the Supreme Court case of Korematsu vs. the U.S. According to Korematsu’s conviction (1994), “any law or order that discriminated on the basis of race or ethnicity could only be constitutional if it served an extremely important purpose for the government.” In order for this conviction to fully be supported by the 14th amendment, an American citizen should not be tried on accounts of their race or ethnicity. In this case, Korematsu was convicted because of this race. While the executive order was issued towards a particular racial group, the Court deemed that it was not based on hostility towards the Japanese and their ancestry. Interestingly, I also believe that racial prejudice also plays a role in the government's treatment of the Japanese during World War II. The Supreme Court stated that every citizen faces hardships, and the Court argued that the “racial hardships” were only an aspect of being an American citizen; but these hardships were only imposed upon the Japanese. In order to make the conviction fair, the order would have been enacted on all citizens.

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