Congress has taken numerous stabs at retreating from the premise that the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was constitutional. However, the Supreme Court case that justified it, Korematsu v. United States, has never been overruled.
Today, we honor the legacy of Fred Korematsu so we will never forget the injustices inflicted upon innocent citizens who were incarcerated, treated like second-class citizens, and denied due process and equal protection guaranteed to them by the Constitution.
Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Their mass incarceration provides a lesson in human rights abuse that, unfortunately, the nation tends to forget too conveniently.