The Overprotected Kid Analysis

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“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941- a date which will live in infamy- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of Japan.” As President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech feel upon the ears of a nation on the brink of entering World War Two, Roosevelt knew that the nation had to be reassured that this level of attack would never happen again. What is known as one the most controversial homeland security moves in the history of the United States rocked the country and the people within it for many generations. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the third term President Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated and executive order that all Japanese Americans were to be relocated and held in internment …show more content…
Franklin D. Roosevelt had to figure that not every Japanese American was a traitor to the United States yet he still followed through with his executive order. Senior editor of the Atlantic Monthly, Hanna Rosin quotes David Ball, a risk management professor at Middlesex University in her article “The Overprotected Kid”. “The advent of all these special surfaces for playgrounds has contributed very little, if anything at all, to the safety of children.” (Rosin, 177) Although Rosin and Ball talk about how to protect children on playgrounds, by worrying about trying to protect the children, they fail to see that children do not understand what the rubber is there for and therefore do not use it to prevent their accidents. Same case and point in the internment camps. Although Roosevelt was clearly trying to protect the American community, he failed to realize that this “protection” for the American people only hurt the American people but in a different way than expected. The internment camps had the best interest of the people in mind just like the rubber on the playgrounds. Unfortunately, the expected outcome for the internment camps might have worked, but like the rubber on the playground which failed to work, the internment camps only led to hatred led violence against Japanese Americans. For every situation, there are expected and unexpected consequences and both with the playground rubber and the internment camps, both failed to recognize the unexpected outcomes and therefore failed in one way or another that was not