From the Star Tribune: There were no concentration camps in America.
I want to call your attention to a new addition to Wyoming culture. It is a museum of the Heart Mountain Japanese American Relocation Center between Cody and Powell in World War II.
As you probably know, the Japanese-Americans on the West Coast were evacuated from their West Coast homes to camps in the interior West and Arkansas. That was done as a national security measure because the U. S. government doubted the loyalty of many of the “Nikkei,” as the group was then called, and feared the military prowess of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
The point of the museum is to prove that the camps were “concentration camps” and that they were established because of racism. Neither charge is true and neither has ever been proven.
This article has a bunch of the usual problems. Conflation of Japanese and Japanese Americans. Lack of recognition that Japanese immigrants were unable to become citizens under the law. The Tachibana spy ring included white Americans; Tachibana himself was a Japanese national. And of course, there’s no way to explain why Japanese Americans in Hawaii weren’t rounded up and thrown into the camps. Unless you consider the fact that the islands’ workings would grind to a halt without them. And the writer is apparently ignorant of the fact that “concentration camps” was in fact the terminology used at the time, even by the president himself.
Overall, the article’s author, Roger W. Lotchin, raises a number of points that aren’t supported by evidence. But he knows that he’s right. Why? Because he’s never read anything to the contrary!
How many Japanese- Americans were disloyal is not known, but I have never read a piece of evidence from a reliable witness which said that all of them were loyal.
I have never read a shred of evidence that shows that either the American or western publics in general or the decision makers who decided on the camps thought that the Japanese here or in Japan were biologically inferior.
According to the article, Roger W. Lotchin is professor of history at the University of North Carolina. According to the UNC website, he’s an adjunct. However, I have never read a piece of evidence that suggests he is qualified for that position.
Some reading for people who aren’t Roger W. Lotchin:
Those dangerous orphans!
Disloyal folks who were so dangerous they were drafted into the U.S. Army! They were so dangerous they were even recruited for the MIS!
Treacherous women with star-spangled hearts!
World War I veterans especially suspect!