University of California students at the Assembly Center in Sacramento awaiting transfer, 1942.
By Dorothea Lange
Japanese American UC students, deemed a national security threat, waiting to be sent to internment camps.
Beyond the obvious outrage of imprisoning an entire ethnic group, Japanese internment also served as a vehicle for a huge transfer of wealth to white people. Property that had accumulated for generations was simply seized, including land, houses, cars, jewelry, shops, bank accounts, and redistributed mostly to white people while their original owners were shipped off in cattle cars and locked in concentration camps.