Fred Korematsu Dies

Reply Fri 1 Apr, 2005 07:22 am
The man's name ought to be a household word, but, except for a historical footnote, he may be virtually forgotten soon.
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Reply Fri 1 Apr, 2005 09:48 am
Thanks for posting this news, Edgar. Fred Korematsu was a brave man who fought for an unpopular principle: equality under the law. His case (Korematsu v. U.S., 323 US 214) prompted a memorable dissent by Justice Frank Murphy, who concluded:
    I dissent, therefore, from this legalization of racism. Racial discrimination in any form and in any degree has no justifiable part whatever in our democratic way of life. It is unattractive in any setting but it is utterly revolting among a free people who have embraced the principles set forth in the Constitution of the United States. All residents of this nation are kin in some way by blood or culture to a foreign land. Yet they are primarily and necessarily a part of the new and distinct civilization of the United States. They must accordingly be treated at all times as the heirs of the American experiment and as entitled to all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.
It's a shame that there are people who are taking constitutional law classes today who are unfamiliar with Korematsu. If they don't care who Fred Korematsu was or what he stood for, they should.
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