Japanese-Americans in concentration camps in the 1940s

This video from the USA says about itself:

Seven Decades Ago the U.S. Detained 120,000 Japanese-Americans, Could it Happen Again?

11 April 2016

As Secretary of State John Kerry visits Hiroshima, Japan, site of the 1945 U.S. nuclear attack which killed 140,000 people, most of them civilians, we turn to another choice the United States made during its fight against Japan in World War II—the decision to imprison 120,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps across the U.S.—and ask: Could something like this happen again?

The 2016 presidential campaign has been marked by calls from Republican candidates to create a database of all American Muslims and to have the police patrol Muslim neighborhoods. Cruz’s proposals came after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump told Time magazine last year he did not know if he would have supported or opposed Japanese-American internment camps had he been a leader during World War II.

We speak with Richard Reeves, an award-winning journalist and the best-selling author of several books, most recently, “Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II,” and with Karen Ishizuka, a third-generation American of Japanese descent. She was the curator of the nationwide exhibit called “America’s Concentration Camps: Remembering the Japanese-American Experience.” Her latest book is titled “Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties.”

14 thoughts on “Japanese-Americans in concentration camps in the 1940s

  1. Reblogged this on IdealisticRebel's Daily View of Favorites and commented:
    We must never allow internment due to nationality or religion to ever happen again in America. Government officials are the ones who put internment camps into practice. It was after Pearl Harbor was attacked. But these were Japanese Americans who had nothing to do with the attack. We robbed them of their civil and human rights. No more caging up people because of their skin or what religion they follow. This is one of the events which are part of America’s shame.


  2. That’s pretty amazing. A nuclear bomb detonated over a major city and it only killed 140 people? I don’t know how they let that one slip through.

    Something that seems to be forgotten is that Secretary of War Stimson made every attempt to include all Americans of German and Italian descent imprisoned with the Japanese-Americans. Supposedly, the only reason FDR refused was that it would cause too much disruption, and we already had our scapegoats.


    • Hi, the video caption says 140,000.

      Other reasons why German Americans and Italian Americans did not go to camps:

      1. They were many more than Japanese Americans.

      2. According to racist ideology, they belonged to the white race; Japanese Americans did not.


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