Political hypocrisy is the state where a politician is pretending to have beliefs, qualities, standards or feelings that they actually do not have. It involves a situation where the politician deceives others and lies so that they can have it their way. This can be related to the introduction of Japanese American relocation camp from World War II. It all started when the then American president issued the Executive order 9066 after 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7. The act as stated by the museum archives was based on ethnicity which allowed the military to forgo constitutional safeguards of citizens in the name of defending the country. The order included relocation of all people of Japanese ancestry. The U.S government forced more than 120,000 Japanese Americans to depart from their homes, schools, businesses and families. In the process, there was separation during the relocation. Many of those who were put in these internment camps were American citizens and half of them were children.
On its exhibitions, the museum indicates that these people were detained for three years from 1942-1945. It was the first action done by American leadership that raised eyebrows of whether the rights of American citizens are encompassed in the first ten amendments of the constitution. In reacting to pressure from un-supporting forces, American leadership justified their action by claiming that there was danger imposed by Japanese descendants. The danger was that these people were spying for the Japanese. Despite doing this, no internee was accused of disloyalty to the American state. During the entire war it happened that those people who were accused and convicted over the crime of spying happened to be white Caucasians. During the relocation, the prisoners were only allowed to carry with them few possessions. This made life in the internment camps hard. To worsen it up, the Japanese Americans were only given 48 hours to evacuate their homes.
As depicted in the exhibition pictures, Japanese were forced to live behind barbed wire while under the watch of armed guards. The camps that they were forced into were very bleak and located in very remote locations. Despite the constitution’s recommendation for the government to safeguard the rights of its citizens, the then government ignored this they took the internment camps in desert areas. This forces the people to cope with extreme heat and worse temperature conditions. This people did not only suffer from environmental conditions, but also suffered from emotional stress as depicted in the pictures. Some of them ended up dead because they were provided with inadequate medical care.
Japanese incarceration before the world war, had been going on for a while, these internment camps were just the cherry on top of the cake for all those who racially discriminated Japanese Americans. All the information depicted in the museum is proof to the fact that Japanese Americans were left to fight against discrimination during World War II. This caused pain and suffering to women and innocent children.
Such a process can still take place in the U.S. this is because having all the rules that govern the rights of citizens be it those who have gained entry by birth or migration, should be taken care of by the government, the then president ordered for internment of Japanese Americans going against the laws that have been put in place. Having many petitions in court concerning the internment, which resulted from legal claims by the Japanese Americans that the actions of the internment camps violated their rights as U.S citizens, congress agreed to make payments of $20, 000 to every Japanese American from internment camps.
This is typical of American government of paying their way out of an incriminating situation that they are being accused of. American government can still violate people’s rights with a claim that they acted in the interest of Americans because there was a threat to national security. They would do this without seeking court action and when found guilty of human rights violation the will pay their way out of the situation. In the case of the internment camps and the payments made, we should be aware that they did not take the interest of the dead and those who suffered more before dying.
The Japanese internment is not the only case at hand, because during this same period there was Asian racial discrimination which began when the Chinese people first started to migrate to the U.S in 1800s. The Chinese were seen as a source of cheap labor just like the Japanese. They were also treated to the same conditions of not being provided for with their rights as the constitution demands. This therefore sums up the hypocritical actions of U.S leadership. This is a group of leaders who can get a way with human rights violation in the name of protecting the county’s national security. As a political hypocrisy which includes situations where leaders pretend to have beliefs, qualities, standards or feelings that they actually do not have, Japanese American internment is a political hypocrisy which the then American leader depicted. The government deceived the public with lies that Japanese were spies, but in the actual sense, they were paying back on what had taken place at the Pearl Harbor.
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