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Fred Korematsu Day: What Fred T. Korematsu Can Teach Us about Islamophobia

Please join our Fred T. Korematsu Day celebration for a special panel discussion by Lorraine Bannai, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, and Arsalan Bukhari, Executive Director of the Washington State chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Korematsu was a Japanese American living in Oakland, California, who resisted military orders that ultimately led to the incarceration of 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. His case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which, in one of the most infamous cases in American legal history, upheld his conviction and the discriminatory internment order for the sake of national security.

Despite recognition in later years condemning the Japanese American incarceration as an egregious violation of civil liberties, responses by public figures and other individuals against persons of perceived Muslim identity post-9/11 and the Paris attack demonstrates that we as a nation have not learned from our mistakes. We must work together to end the fear mongering, discrimination, and hatred towards groups of people based on racial, ethnic, religious, and other forms of perceived identity that occur after tragedies and ensure that the civil rights and liberties of all people in the U.S. are respected.

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Event sponsors: Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, the Access to Justice Institute, Seattle University Student Bar Association, Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association (APILSA), Middle Eastern South Asian Law Student Association (MESALSA), Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA), Black Law Student Association (BLSA), Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), OUTLaws, and the American Civil Liberties Union at Seattle University 1 Fred T. Korematsu Day, which is observed on Mr. Korematsu’s birthday, January 30, is celebrated in several states as a day to reflect on civil liberties. It is the first holiday recognizing an Asian American.

Earlier Event: December 22
Karen Korematsu Speaking Event
Later Event: January 28
Fred Korematsu Recognition