US Internment of Japanese-American Citizens (1942)

US Army Concentration Camp Guard – 1942

Author’s Note: In 1940, Winston Churchill ordered that 27,000 Jewish migrants (that had arrived in Britain after fleeing Nazi German persecution in Europe) be rounded-up by the British Army (at bayonet-point), and placed in ‘Concentration Camps’ hastily constructed throughout the remote areas of the UK! These ‘Camps’ were often little better than the Nazi Camps many of these people had escaped from! Poorly constructed, cold, leaking and with little food supplies – this is a Jewish tragedy seldom discussed today, as Britain is viewed by the Jewish people as single-handedly confronting Nazi Germany and eventually defeating Hitler – which stopped the whole-sale slaughter of the Jews. Britain was also responsible for giving the Zionist Jews half of Palestine (without consulting the Palestinians) and creating the modern State of Israel. Below, is the story of the US tragedy that involved not immigrants, but rather Japanese people ‘born’ in the US and brought-up as ‘American’!  ACW (4.12.2020) 

Panorama of the California Santa Anita Internment Camp for Japanese citizens of the United States. Arcadia, California, USA, April 1942.

‘In fact, the treatment of Japanese-Americans is a natural starting point for any study of the racial aspects of the war, for it reveals not merely the clearcut racial stigmatization of the Japanese, but also the official endorsement this received. Under Executive Order 9066, signed by President Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry were removed from California, Oregen, and Washington and interned in ten camps in the interior of the United States. The president of the United States, the secretary of war, the US military establishment, the Department of Justice and eventually the Supreme Court, and the US Congress – all actively participated in enacting and unfolding this policy. Similar internments were carried out in Canada, Mexico and Peru.

US Concentration Camp – Processing Japanese-Americans (1942)

Such official consecration of anti-Japanese racism was profoundly symbolic: if every man, woman, and child of Japanese racism was on the western coasts of the Americans was categorically identified by the highest quarters as a potential menace simply because of his or her ethnicity, then the real Japanese enemy abroad could only be perceived as a truly faceless, monolithic, incorrigible, and stupendously formidable foe. 

Young Japanese American women at the Tule Lake Internment Camp in California.

Obviously, “blood told” where the Japanese – but not the Germans or Italians – were concerned, a point clearly articulated by some of the white Americans who supported the relocation of the Japanese. “Blood will tell,” declared the mayor of Los Angeles in a public statement urging the government to move against Japanese-American on the grounds that they were “unassimilable,” and his West Coast counterparts agreed almost to a man, of all the mayors of large cities in the three westernmost states, only one (the mayor of Tacoma, Washington) opposed forced relocation.

Japanese-Americans Transported in ‘Meat’ Lorries (1942)

Secretary of War Henry Stimson, who assumed major responsibility for the decision to go ahead with Executive Order 9066, recorded in his diary for February 10, 1942, that in his estimates second-generation Japanese-Americans were even more dangerous than their immigrant parents. They either had to be removed from the coastal area as part of a general evacuation, he continued, “or by frankly trying to put them out on the ground that their racial characteristics are such that we cannot understand or trust even the citizen Japanese. This latter is the fact but I am Afraid it will make a tremendous hole in our constitutional system to apply it.” 

A group of Japanese citizens of the United States are awaiting transfer to another Internment Camp from Camp Pinedale in California. 1942 year.

John Dower: War Without Mercy – Race & Power in the Pacific War, Pantheon, (1986), Pages 79-80 

USArmy ‘Intimadates’ Captured Japanese-Americans onto Trains (1942)

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