Example research essay topic: World Change Sprung From The Attacks Of Pearl Harbor In Wwii – 910 words

In our history, there have been many conflicts
between nations and within nations based upon
ethnic and religious background. Entire wars have
been fought based upon one race feeling superior
to another. But this kind of ethnic persecution
and racial conflict is the base factor for why our
planet is in such a state of constant conflicts.
True world peace will never be achieved until we
accept each other for who we are. Two events in
recent history seem to stand out when it comes to
looking at how people react to different ethnic
groups when a conflict arises. The first even was
a surprise attack by the Japanese on our naval
fleet at Pearl Harbor during World War II. The
second is a recent attack on the World Trade
Center buildings and the pentagon by
Middle-Eastern terrorists who highjacked
commercial airliners and then flew them into the
targets.

These devastating events have brought out
harsh feelings towards the ethnic groups that the
terrorists and bombers belonged to. It is a judge
of our character, as citizens of a powerful
nation, how we react to the people in our nation
who had nothing to do with these events, but
physically resemble the attackers. After Pearl
Harbor, the government and people of the US feared
that the current Japanese Americans could be spies
and would help Japan in further attacks. Our shock
and surprise over the destruction that was
rendered at Pearl Harbor drove us temporarily to
put aside our constitutional morals and national
beliefs. In a quick reaction, President Roosevelt
signed and executive order to round up all the
Japanese-Americans in the US and intern, or
relocate, them into detention camps. These camps
were had very poor living conditions and no indoor
plumbing or central heating.

Many Japanese became
ill and some even died. When they came to the
camps, the Japanese were usually forced to sell
all their possessions at a great loss. I suppose
you could compare these camps to the NAZI
concentration camps in place across the seas. In
the 1970s, there were several Japanese workers in
the congress and among other government positions.
These citizens of America now fought to have the
country review the injustices that their people
had suffered during World War II. In several
cases, it was proved that the Constitution had
been violated by the executive order issued by
Roosevelt. One such case was Endo.

Ex Parte
(1944), in which Mitsuye Endo, an American
citizen, had been granted leave clearance by the
War Relocation Authority, but the Western Defense
Command would not allow her to re-enter the
restricted zone. When this case reached the
Supreme Court, the Court ruled that a loyal
American citizen could not be held in a relocation
camp against her will. Other similar cases
included United States vs. Hirabayashi and United
States vs. Korematsu. Hirabayashi was arrested for
failing to report to a WCCA evacuation center and
Korematsu was arrested for failing to report to a
Japanese assembly center.

These cases helped the
Japanese American population prove that the
government violated the constitution by carrying
out the internment of Japanese in WWII. I the late
1980s, Congress issued an official apology to all
Japanese Americans. Now we are faced with a
similar situation to that of Pearl Harbor. People
are already reacting to Muslim-Americans. There
have been several beatings of Muslims in the last
month since the WTC attack. Someone in New Jersey
randomly stopped his car in front of a Muslim man
walking in the street, stepped out of his car and
proceeded to beat the Muslim until he was dead.
All around the country, people are associating the
faces of Muslim Americans with a terrorist middle
easterner.

On planes, Muslims are being thrown off
if enough passengers consider them a threat solely
on appearance. Muslims everywhere are afraid to
leave their homes. They have gathered in community
centers to speak out about their love for America
and their fear of persecution. Thankfully, we dont
seem to have forgotten our past mistake with the
Japanese Americans. The government is not in any
way supporting discrimination against Muslims.
Senators, Mayors, Congressmen and the President
are all speaking out against the persecution of
Muslims. All those that violate the rights of
these Muslim citizens, are being held accountable
for violating the rights of a US citizen.

I
honestly cannot say that I wouldnt rather have all
the Muslims in the US rounded up into camps so
that we did not have to worry about more
terrorism. But it would violate the constitution
upon which this country was formed. And Im happy
to see that the initial strikes at Muslims have
seemed to have stopped and all the citizens of the
US, no matter what ethnicity, are joining together
to support our country. Its a horrible thing that
people discriminate and react differently to a
variety of ethnic groups. But I think they are all
coming together now to be patriots of our country.
Perhaps those that have immigrated here from
harsher governments, can most appreciate the US
and are the largest patriots of us all. All I know
is that right now, Im proud to be an American.
Everyone is coming together to support this great
nation, that after all, derives its own
distinctiveness from the many different ethnic
groups that have come here to add to the vast
variety of cultural diversity that we enjoy and
thrive upon today..

Research essay sample on World Change Sprung From The Attacks Of Pearl Harbor In Wwii