Fred Korematsu Resists an Executive Order

Yesterday the "Google Doodle" was in honor of Fred Korematsu. He died in 2005 at the age of 86, but his witness of standing up for civil rights lives on. In 1942, Fred resisted the infamous Executive Order 9066 of President Roosevelt that resulted in the forced internment of over 100, 000 Japanese Americans solely on the basis of their Japanese identity as being a "risk" to national security. Fred's refusal to comply resulted in his arrest and internment. He challenged the constitutionality of his conviction. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court in 1944 where he lost. Finally in 1983, a US District Court vacated his conviction. In 1998, Fred Korematsu was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton. In Fred's home state of California, his birthday on January 30 is celebrated as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. Signed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 2010 law recognizes "the importance of preserving civil liberties, even in times of real or perceived crisis." In light of the events of the past week related to the President's recent executive order and the widespread resistance to it, the witness and legacy of Fred Korematsu are as important now as they were in the 1940's. Watch the video below to see more of this amazing story of resistance and redemption.