Monday was Fred Korematsu’s birthday. The brave twenty-three year old who in 1942 refused to be interned by the U.S. government alongside 120,000 other Japanese Americans has been on my mind. It is not simply because he was the featured doodle for Google. And not just because Trump’s executive orders to ban individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries— evoking Executive Order 9066 challenged by Korematsu — have been in the news. I have been thinking about him because an incident from my own past has been haunting me.
Monday, as Google honors civil rights leader Fred Korematsu through its home-page Doodle, some of the most memorable words about the man and his actions — he once defied a president’s executive order that was rooted in ethnic prejudice — can be found on the White House’s own website:
Civil rights activist Fred Korematsu was honored with a Google Doodle on Monday to mark the 98th anniversary of his birth.
Google is celebrating the late Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu as its Google Doodle on Monday, paying tribute to the Oakland-born civil rights activist who refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans.
We could do a daily feature on the creative doodles Google posts, but today's is especially poignant given the political climate.