Sunday, February 16, 2014

Court should take up a new opportunity to repudiate Korematsu

Peter Irons - a lawyer and political science professor at UC San Diego has campaigned long and successfully for justice for the Japanese Americans rounded up on a racial basis and put in camps during World War II.  Although convictions have been reversed and token compensation offered by Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the internments has never been overruled.  Irons says there is a another chance for the court to go on record. . - GWC
Court should take up a new opportunity to repudiate Korematsu:
by Peter Irons
The time has come—and is long overdue—for the Supreme Court to provide a proper burial of its discredited but still dangerous decisions upholding the wartime internment of more than 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in what President Franklin D. Roosevelt correctly labeled as “concentration camps.”Ruling in April 1943, the Court affirmed the criminal convictions of Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui for violating military curfew orders that were imposed on “all persons of Japanese ancestry.”  In December 1944, the Court upheld the conviction of Fred Korematsu for defying an “exclusion” order that would have forced him into a “relocation center” hastily constructed in the Utah desert....

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