Originally Posted by metastasis_d
Eh, one could hope so, but I'm not sure whether racism or paranoia (in view of the cowardly sneak attack) was the ultimate determining factor. I suppose it was 6 of one half a dozen of the other, but who knows?
I'm seriously asking that.
Neither. It was $$$. All that money to be had by rapid seizure of all that Nisei property at bargain basement prices. Fortunes to be had by evil speculators and politicians (but I repeat myself) who were fanning the flames of race hatred to make a financial killing. Including in this list future California governors Pat Brown (1) (Jerry's father!) and Earl Warren (future SCOTUS Chief Justice, who, judging by his history on the court, must have been suffering from a delayed conscience
The best proof is that the expulsions were taking place long after any "invasion paranoia" had worn off.
1) The only justice the Nisei ever saw against this bastard was his political annihilation in the 1966 gubernatorial election. After humiliating Richard Nixon in 1962, he basically "mailed in" his re-election four years later against a washed up ex-labor leader. Then, three days before election day, he told a press conference, referring to his opponent: "You know, Lincoln was SHOT by an actor!"
This. In California.
In a state where if asked if they are an actor, every last 6 year old will say: "YES! Are you a producer?"
Paging Governor Ronald Reagan.