Japanese Internment Essay

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Japanese Internment




One of the original arguments for adding a Bill of Rights to the United States
Constitution was that it was needed to protect individuals and minority groups from a
potential “tyranny of the majority.” Did it work? Well, it depends on your viewpoint.
Whether it was the Americans or the African-Americans, the Native Americans, or the
Japanese Americans. The Bill of Rights were established to benefit the Americans, and only
the Americans. They dealt with individual liberties, as well as the boundary between
federal and state authority. Hoping to build a strong bond between Americans, the Bill of
Rights failed.

Article Fifteen states: ”The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be
denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or
previous condition of servitude.” For an American, there is no problem. When a minority
member goes to vote, they find that they are unable; they do not have the right. Why is
this? Why are African Americans unable to vote? Slavery has supposedly ended; but they are
still unable to vote. The Bill of Rights was supposed to protect minorities from a
potential “tyranny of the majority.” And the answer is: No, it did not. There are many
examples, but perhaps that strongest example are the Japanese Americans and the Internment
Camps.
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