April 16's Fact of the Week

With the Pearl Harbor attacks, the United States government categorized Japanese American men as “4C” which meant that they were considered as “enemy aliens.” They became high security risks through sensationalized reports of sabotage and espionage and could not participate in the war efforts and/or subject to the draft. Excluded and treated as the enemies, Japanese American families on the west coast became victims of racial hostility and violence as their homes and businesses were vandalized, looted, and destroyed. Anti-Japanese sentiments soared both in American propaganda and neighborhoods that wanted the “Japs” out.