Ethnic and Racial Diversity Essay

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1 Since the beginning the United States has said to be welcome ethnic and racial diversity. Many different ethnicities came to the United States for a fresh start and a promise for part of the American dream. Although the United States has said to be accepting of these different cultures, its actions and choices throughout the 20th century speak otherwise. From racial segregation, to putting Japanese in camps in World War II, the United States has fought to bring down different races and ethnicities. Over time the United States has become more welcoming but racial prejudices are still precedent. Ideals once perceived to be true are beginning to become reality. During World War II the United States fought to stay directly out of the war until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The attack invoked an outrage throughout America that was targeted at Japanese. Americans from Japanese decent felt most of the scrutiny and hatred. “A Jap’s a Jap.... It makes no difference whether he is an American citizen or not,” said a government official (Roark 804). President Roosevelt issued executive order 9066 on February 19, 1942 which sent all American Japanese to relocating camps (Roark 804). Congress later upheld Roosevelts decision calling it a military necessity. Many Japanese lost their business’ and belongings that totaled up to around $400 billion (Roark 804). Prejudices toward the Japanese eventually took a back seat to the growing threat of Communism throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s. The decision to imprison a group of citizens is something that does not align with Americas vision of welcoming different cultures. Throughout the 20th century Communism has been one of America’s biggest enemies. The red scare brought a fear and distrust to American’s of Russian dissent. In 1919, General A Mitchell Palmer ordered a hunt for Communist terrorists (Roark 710). Although finding

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