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Mon Jan 30, 2017, 11:01 PM

Today's Google Doodle - Fred T. Korematsu who fought Japanese internment in the USA

It is beyond ironic that Google is honoring this man today - even though it is Mr. Korematsu's 98th birthday.



Fred T. Korematsu

Abbreviated Biography

Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the governmentís incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the governmentís order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.

In 1983, Prof. Peter Irons, a legal historian, together with researcher Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, discovered key documents that government intelligence agencies had hidden from the Supreme Court in 1944. The documents consistently showed that Japanese Americans had committed no acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. With this new evidence, a pro-bono legal team that included the Asian Law Caucus re-opened Korematsuís 40-year-old case on the basis of government misconduct. On November 10, 1983, Korematsuís conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history.

Korematsu remained an activist throughout his life. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nationís highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton. In 2010, the state of California passed the Fred Korematsu Day bill, making January 30 the first day in the U.S. named after an Asian American. Korematsuís growing legacy continues to inspire people of all backgrounds and demonstrates the importance of speaking up to fight injustice.

Full biography at same link: http://www.korematsuinstitute.org/fred-t-korematsu-lifetime/

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Mon Jan 30, 2017, 11:03 PM

1. Oh THANK YOU!

Korematsu remained an activist throughout his life. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nationís highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton. In 2010, the state of California passed the Fred Korematsu Day bill, making January 30 the first day in the U.S. named after an Asian American. Korematsuís growing legacy continues to inspire people of all backgrounds and demonstrates the importance of speaking up to fight injustice.

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Mon Jan 30, 2017, 11:09 PM

2. So we can expect our government

to declare tRump a fascist failure sometime around the year 2057?

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