If you had any doubt of the motivation of some of those opposed to the renaming of a San Francisco Bay Area school in honor of Japanese American civil rights pioneer Fred Korematsu, you should read the blog in the El Cerrito Patch.
In a post by Phil Z., he argues that “Japanese Americans were not treated particularly badly in World War II.” Phil must consider being locked up behind barb wire simply because of their race a picnic in the park. Lovely.
Fred Korematsu, he adds, flourished and that’s a tribute to the United States. Can you just come out and say model minority, Phil?
“Japanese espionage in Hawaii before, during and after” the attack on Pearl Harbor made incarcerating Japanese Americans justified, he writes. Hmm. I wonder why then no Japanese American was ever convicted of spying.
Fred Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. He openly resisted going to an incarceration camp during World War II and his case reached all the way to the US Supreme Court.
A decision to rename a school in El Cerrito in his honor has been postponed until next month while a committee studies the idea.
Can you spell racist, Phil?