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DjTj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-18-04 09:05 PM
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Fred Korematsu responds to Michelle Malkin...
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I don't think I ever saw this on DU, but I think it's great that Fred Korematsu is still active and fighting the good fight. He wrote an editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle this week:

Do we really need to relearn the lessons of Japanese American internment?

by Fred Korematsu


In 1942, I was arrested and convicted for being a Japanese American trying to live here in the Bay Area. The day after my arrest a newspaper headline declared, "Jap Spy Arrested in San Leandro."

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But now the old accusations are back. Fox News media personality Michelle Malkin claims that some Japanese Americans were spies during World War II. Based upon her suspicions, Malkin claims the internment of all Japanese Americans was not such a bad idea after all. She goes on to claim that racial profiling of Arab Americans today is justified by the need to fight terrorism. According to Malkin, it is OK to take away an entire ethnic group's civil rights because some individuals are suspect. Malkin argues for reviving the old notion of guilt by association.

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Fears and prejudices directed against minority communities are too easy to evoke and exaggerate, often to serve the political agendas of those who promote those fears. I know what it is like to be at the other end of such scapegoating and how difficult it is to clear one's name after unjustified suspicions are endorsed as fact by the government. If someone is a spy or terrorist they should be prosecuted for their actions. But no one should ever be locked away simply because they share the same race, ethnicity, or religion as a spy or terrorist. If that principle was not learned from the internment of Japanese Americans, then these are very dangerous times for our democracy.


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronic...

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