Japenese Americans

Today there are many things taught in public schools that are being skipped over and not even mentioned. One great example is the Japanese Americans and the relocation camps. One lesson that I learned from this class was that after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, an Executive Order 9066 was given to relocate all of the Japanese Americans. By mid 1942, more then 100,000 Japanese Americans along the whole west coast population were transported to relocation camps. They lived here, ate here, and were protected by the US military. There was no other way of life for them. Many were American citizens who were denied of their right to refute the implicit charge of disloyalty. And although they were not being harmed, it seems as if though this is the gray area of American History. Me being a junior in college and finding out about it just now came to me as a big surprise. This is just one of the gray areas mentioned above, but America being one of the superpowers, does not want to leave footprints of guilt for the cloudy past. There are many other history lessons that are being pulled out of books so that the young generations to come have little or no knowledge of the past. History teachers should put more emphasis on the education of US history for all students.

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1 Response to Japenese Americans

  1. bigmac20 says:

    Agreed, but not just the history teachers need to take action. The school boards and department heads need to reallocate their focus to these facts. Another big event that is skimmed over was the Trail of Tears. I recall only one lesson ever being taught to me throughout school, and I’m pretty sure it was in elementary school (I just remember a big picture of a sad Native American at the side of the page). If we keep pushing events like this under the rug, the passive discriminations towards groups of people will never disappear.

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