U.S. Concentration Camps

The wholesale imprisonment (we called it internment) of thousands of Japanese-Americans (we called them Japs) in U.S. Concentration Camps (we called them internment centers) in response to attack on Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war against Japan, is widely regarded as a low point in American democracy. 

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  1. Hello
    While not condoning what happened in regard to this “low point” in our history, I feel the need to add some perspective that may allow you to understand what I believe must have been part of the decision making process. After having visited one of the internment camps, I asked my mother, a wonderful intelligent woman who immigrated from Ireland in her 20’s, would she aid the Irish cause if the United States were to go to war with Ireland. She did not hesitate to reply, of course she would. While she loved her new country, she felt allegiances to Ireland. She went on to recount the story a Japanese American coworker told her. She was told when this coworker was young, she lived in Hawaii during the bombing and how she and all her friends were shouting their support for the bombers.
    After hearing what my mother had to say, I was perplexed as to what the right decision was to make if the choice were in my hands.
    Sincerely
    Owen McGurrell

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      The challenge in a country proudly committed to justice is accepting the duty to only imprison, punish or exclude those who commit offenses and not permit protective measure against whole groups of people because some within the group are bad.

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