If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don't be afraid to speak up.
We've all heard of ordinary people who have made their mark on the world by some courageous act. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was an equal rights advocate, Rosa Parks who refused to sit in the back of the bus...but Fred Korematsu? Who the heck was he?
Today is Fred Korematsu Day. An everyday ordinary man who questioned the government's authority to send Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II, Fred was born in the United States, educated here and spent his entire life in the U.S., yet when war broke out, he was forced into an internment camp because of his Japanese ancestry. His family, along with many others, lost everything...property, belongings, established family and social networks...all because of their heritage.
Fred had the courage to sue the government, and his case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where he lost his battle. Then 40 years later, new evidence was found showing Charles Fahy, Solicitor General of the United States, had deliberately suppressed evidence from the FBI showing that Japanese-Americans posed no security threat. To learn more about how the Fred Korematsu story ends, follow this link:
Fred Korematsu Story
IT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD!