Statement of the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Commemorating the 2012 Fred Korematsu Day
LOS ANGELES – California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Chair Clark Lee released the following statement commemorating the 2012 Fred Korematsu Day:
“On behalf of the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, we honor the legacy of Fred Korematsu in commemorating the 2012 Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in California, the first day in U.S. history named after an Asian American.
“Facing blatant racial prejudice during World War II, Korematsu challenged the executive order authorizing Japanese internments and refused to submit to legalized discrimination. In his dissent opinion of Korematsu v. U.S. ahead of the Civil Rights Movement, Justice Frank Murphy wrote, ‘Racial discrimination in any form and in any degree has no justifiable part whatever in our democratic way of life.’
“Today, as we celebrate our vibrant diversity and civil rights advancements in our resilient democracy, we must not forget those ordinary men and women, like Mr. Korematsu, who stood up against the status quo in furthering justice and equality for all.”
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The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (CDP API Caucus) is the officially chartered caucus of the California Democratic Party representing California Democrats of Asian and Pacific Islander origin. For more information on the CDP API Caucus, visit www.apicaucus.com. For the California Democratic Party, visit www.cadem.org.