Who’s Fred T.Korematsu? If you know who Rosa Parks is, you should know Fred.
I’m coining a phrase to rival the Greek King Pyrrhus, who when prevailing after the Romans in 279 BC is said to have uttered, “Another such victory and we are surely undone.” Or something like that, my tape recorder wasn’t working that well in 279 BC.
So Pyrrhus had his victory. And so did Fred. I call it being “korematsued.”
As you may know, Fred is the man who stood up to the U.S. government’s internment order of Japanese Americans during WWII. He fought the order and had his conviction was overturned. A victory? Not 100 percent.
He was korematsued. And that’s why we all need to care about him and his story to this day.
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