An Organized Inequity


  • Lauren Post


“An Organized Inequity” counters the accepted narrative of Japanese-Americans assimilating back into American society with ease. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 allowed for Japanese Relocation, as well as the hardships yet to come for those of Japanese heritage in America. It takes into account personal testimonies from camp inmates, examines education repertoire for children within the camps, as well as graduation statistics from Japanese-American students within the camps in comparison to white students, and other minorities within the States. The essay endeavors to explicate the effect that poor living conditions and ineffective education within the camps, as well as discrimination faced after the war, had on the strive and success rate of Japanese-American children after World War II.