• At that time it was for national security but became more for discrimination towards the end of the war. Americans are great about discrimination, always have been just look at the American Indians, Polish, Irish, Italians, Mexicans, and Asians even today. Americans wouldn't be happy unless they are bitching about someone somewhere.
  • The internment has been considered to have resulted more from racism than from any security risk.
  • Discrimination is when you judge the value of someone or something based on grouping, classification, or other categorization. Judging people as a security risk based on their ethnic heritage is the textbook example of discrimination. The justification of "this is for national security" is probably honest, in that the people who said that thought it was a proper justification. Some of the Japanese people who were subjected to internment had fled Japan to get away from the totalitarian and discriminatory government there only to face the same problems here.
  • IIMO it was discrimination based on their race. The Germans were certainly our enemies too. However German Americans were white and Japanese Americans were non white. It would be much more fairer if German Amerians were in camps too.
    • bostjan64
      They were. Sadly, many of the 11 000 German expats who were placed into US prison camps during WWII were Jewish people who fled Germany in order to avoid prison camps.
  • Well, the general wanted to intern German Americans on the east coast. That didn't go over well, so he was transferred to the west coast. At least the guy was consistent in his weird way.

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