The Influence of Racism By Hannah Miles Figure 1 Images created in times of war reveal the tensions and fears ignited by the conflicts between nations. Its purpose was to embody the entire Japanese nation as a ruthless and animalistic enemy that needed to be defeated. This image represents a clash between two nations at war and illustrates the biased perceptions that developed as a result.
There is no blinking at the fact that that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. President Roosevelt World War II was one of the most monumental events in history and certainly one of the most significant events in the 20th century. The catalyst for drawing the United States fully into the war was the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
The series of confrontational events that led up to Pearl Harbor and the events that followed up until the Japanese surrender inwere waged on the political, economic, and military fronts, but one aspect of the war which is sometimes overlooked is the war waged on the social front.
What makes the social aspect of war so significant is that it involves a dynamic within the human person. In time of war, there is killing, violence, and hate, all stirred up from within.
Thoughts and emotions come into play. Ideologies and philosophies, ways of life, and cultures clash. War is no longer only between soldiers on a battlefield but between nations and their ideas.
And in order to make a whole nation of people support the war with mind and spirit, there needs to be influence.
That influence is propaganda. Much of the social warfare between the United States and Japan involved instilling within their people both a strong nationalistic pride for their own country as well as an incendiary hatred for the other.
Much of the material was racist and catered to such ideas as racial inferiority and ethnic supremacy. We are consciously and subconsciously told what to think, what to do, how to feel, and how to behave.
Although news sources attempt to be as objective as possible, there is always a grain of cultural salt that factors into how people interpret that objective information. Socioeconomic conditions, political situations, and social atmosphere not only contribute to how news and information are interpreted, but are also reflected in them.
Media is an art, and art is a way of communicating ideas. Those ideas are what drive nations and people, to think and act. And during time of war, a nation often tries to stir up a common sense of purpose under which its people can unite.
The inspiring quotes above spurred on the war spirit. The second was spoken by President Frank Roosevelt in his declaration of war to Congress shortly after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Potent words such as these, which were plastered on posters and sung in war slogans, reinforced a sense of duty and instilled a kind of vengeful spirit in not only those fighting on the battlefields but also in the people supporting them on the home front.
Catchy slogans and catch phrases quickly became part of popular culture. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the images generated from World War II would speak endless volumes.
Words are powerful, but some of the images in wartime posters drew attention more vividly because they attracted an audience on a wider scale. Ads to buy war bonds or join the armed forces were printed in nearly every magazine and newspaper.
Radio and film, however, may have been the most effective means of reaching its audience simply by virtue of its medium.This mistreatment was in part a consequence of the propaganda images that pervaded America during WWII.
Renteln hypothesizes that the fact that the Japanese Americans were portrayed as animals in much of the World War II propaganda may have helped convince the American public that inhumane treatment was acceptable.
Propaganda was one of many weapons used by many countries during World War II, and the United States was no exception. From posters to films and cartoons, the federal government used propaganda not only to buoy the spirit and "The Japanese propaganda leaflet told the truth!
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