Civil Rights

The Rafu Shimpo: Korematsu Case Brought Up in Court Arguments on Travel Ban

SEATTLE — The case of Fred Korematsu was once again mentioned in a federal courtroom this week as a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments that the Trump Administration’s travel ban should be reinstated.

The New York Times: When Lies Overruled Rights

When President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning travel from seven majority Muslim countries, he hurled us back to one of the darkest and most shameful chapters of American history. Executive orders that go after specific groups under the guise of protecting the American people are not only unconstitutional, but morally wrong. My father, and so many other Americans of Japanese descent, were targets of just such an order during World War II.

The Japan Times: Trump immigration policies deja vu for descendants of WWII internees

Seventy-five years ago an executive order issued by then-U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt uprooted the families of Japanese and Americans of Japanese ancestry, or Nikkei, who were removed from Western coastal regions in the U.S. and taken to remote, guarded camps.

The Washington Post: The Supreme Court reviewed an executive order. Its decision still haunts the country.

The documents would expose everything: the racism inherent in the president’s executive order, the cynical politics behind it, the lies told in court to defend it.

The Rafu Shimpo: ‘The Parallels Are Alarming’

As California marked a day to honor a champion of civil rights, the nation continued to wrestle with the backlash from President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order banning immigration and visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

The Press & Guide: Dearborn schools honor legacy of activist who fought against Japanese internment

Several groups came together Feb. 3 at Fordson High School in Dearborn to honor the civil rights legacy of Fred Korematsu, an American citizen of Japanese ancestry who was incarcerated during World War II by the U.S. government following the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

Nichi Bei Weekly: Korematsu Day tackles mass incarceration across communities

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Fred T. Korematsu Institute held its seventh annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution program Jan. 29 at the Paramount Theatre. The program, entitled “Mass Incarceration Across Communities: What’s Next?,” commemorated the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066.

The Pioneer: Oakland honors Fred T. Korematsu

If Google features you on their internet page logo, you must be a big deal.

The internet search engine company did just that on Monday when it honored Japanese Civil Rights activist Fred T. Korematsu on the day dedicated to him, Jan. 30.

Gloucester Times: Column: Standing up for the America we know and love

If you used Google on Monday, you may have noticed the Google doodle on its homepage included an image of a man with glasses wearing a medal around his neck. That man was Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu, a civil rights activist who stood up against the U.S. government’s internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.