Miné Okubo's Citizen 13660

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The discrimination against ethnic groups during World War II was caused do to the fear that grew among the American public. The idea that individuals who did not resemble the typical “American” look were untrustworthy, inhumane and dangerous was very popular among the population. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, an uproar of discrimination began against the Japanese-American population. The Japanese became untrustworthy to society and believed to be spies or traitors for the emperor of Japan. The government created “internment” camps were all individuals with Japanese heritage were required to relocate regardless of being traitors or not. Miné Okubo’s book Citizen 13660 accurately displays the mistreat of Japanese natives and American citizens during World War …show more content…
The picture has a background of a field that appears to have plenty of open space and a train consisting of several train carts. There are several individuals who are walking or are standing on the field and these individuals are on their respective ways to the internment facilities. They have been allowed to get off the train and walk around under surveillance. An important element to note in the image is that there is a close up of a barbed wire railing and guards possessing guns/firearms. All of these soldiers are looking and are glancing at these individuals in a harsh manner. The guards are not smiling and are glaring intently at the inmates. There is a young boy behind the woman who has his hand above his heart as though he is pledging. The exhausting, sadness and disbelief is apparent on the faces of the inmates who are walking around. At the same time, the barbed wire fencing is restricting these individuals into a confined space for if they attempt to cross the barbed wire fencing or to escape from this confined space, they are to face physical harm from the fence and potentially from the guards who are watching