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see before the warFred Korematsu

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my parents were very proud people they
always talk about your pan you know and

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also about the summarized and stuff like
that

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and

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the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the
entrance of the u.s. into the floor

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a lot of people saw that as a perfect
opportunity to get rid of persons of

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Japanese ancestry right after /
everything just you know they’re just

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require they kept it to themselves they
were afraid to talk about that have been

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so much friction between the United
States and Japan and the way japan was

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so active going into China and doing on
invasion and dark world and that I had a

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feeling that that you know the did just
crazy enough to come down here and

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that’s what they did

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at the nursery my parents they were all
around the radio listening they weren’t

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saying very much

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my mother was crying my father was just
disgusted all that worked at my parents

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did to the nursery in stockwell what’s
gonna happen few days later the police

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came down and confiscated all and
flashlights and cameras the confiscated

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everything that they thought that we
would use or signal the Secret Service

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and the FBI had swept into the
japanese-american community and had

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arrested any community leader any
teacher any civic organization had have

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any importance in that community

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I thought the exclusion order would be
only for aliens and those that are born

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in Japan I didn’t think that in
government would go as far as to include

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American citizens

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if you have the Western Defense Command
who was in charge of our movement if

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they come at you with us abandon your
back and say you’re going to move into a

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horse stall you do

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people that we thought were our friends
instead of helping I say they want to

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take things that they thought they could
use themselves that’s because we

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couldn’t take her with us

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I went to chamfer cisco first chance on
hand and I talk to this doctor I just

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told that you know I’ve been harassed so
much and being an asian that i would

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like to look more Caucasian and he says
well let me see what I can do so I’m i

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just had to block a chance on it just
slipped my eyes for gas and and and took

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some of the skin off or something with
my eyes and doesn’t that was it didn’t

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work out right anywhere my mother
recognized me she do me right away you

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my girlfriend didn’t say too much and I
said that well as the you look different

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anyway haha i fought uncomfortable is
when I happened to glance at it

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newspaper on news10 or somebody look at
this is chapter some jap that you know

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and all the bad things about the
Japanese I even refused to buy a paper

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because of that you know that was it
until until the time I got caught

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no one day my girlfriend wanted to meet
me I was waiting for in the corner and

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she didn’t show up I ran out of
cigarettes so like a dark pool I went

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across the street to the drug store and
someone recognized me assume because

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when i came back and our standard for
another prime is then the police came

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and looked around like that means is she
any short time Japanese person around

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here asian and should know what that
means as well let me see your

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identification by that time the two MPs
came the motor and says we have to take

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to see y’all after I was arrested I
never did see my girlfriend again so

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there must have been something going on
in there but I didn’t know we tried to

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find the legal challenge to the
internment but of course in order to do

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that you have to have a test case so we
were on the lookout to find a case of

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that kind

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it wasn’t easy until I heard a Fred
Korematsu his case in the newspapers

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yeah

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the judge said since you violated the
military order the bills $5,000 and to

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my surprise mr. president took his
checkbook and rolled it out without

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hesitation and gave it to the air court
has come on Frenchy grab call me and

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it’s that we start walking out you can
hear our foots the punk toward the door

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and we finally got the door and we open
the door as well the sun shining around

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her face and then I look real good there
was for MP standing there and mr. best

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said we painted a he’s a civilian and
they will start pulling out the guns

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there mr. best looked at me and is ready
to go ahead and go with them it and I’ll

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keep in touch

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when mph took me two separate room was a
horse stall and his way on as dr. a

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stride and they took me there and the
pickup was a big door but when horses

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and he’s a kappa boxcar inches down
below there’s no well for that is just

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dirt so the wind was blowing through
that and if this cracks all around the

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wall and there’s a light bulb up there
one light bulb and the ceiling and that

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was it and and i went there my light on
the countenance of G jail was a lot

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better than this

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1942 an ordinary American took an
extraordinary stand Fred Korematsu

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boldly oppose the forest internment of
japanese-americans during world war two

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after being convicted for failing to
report for relocation

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mr. Komatsu took his case all the way to
the Supreme Court the high court ruled

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against him but 39 years later he had
his conviction overturned in federal

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court empowering tens of thousands of
Japanese Americans and giving him what

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he said he wanted most of all the chance
to feel like an American once again I am

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a teacher and I brought my class with me
and as an impression group of young

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people and your being described by so
many as an activist is there some thing

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you’d like to leave with them or some
message that you’d like to have them

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take away with this I would and to
believe on the Constitution and also

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anything that that that that that’s
within rights if you think you’re right

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and and go along with it and

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and.and to fight it you know to did not
to give in like I did I I knew you know

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a it’s a good it’s against the
Constitution what they’re doing and you

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know even though you don’t like everyone
here you know like i said hey what we’re

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doing here is born and I don’t hear
anything about the reservoir so maybe

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they’re right you know and I want but
I’m gonna find out

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so stick to your guns in the long
history of our country’s constant search

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for justice some names of ordinary
citizens stand for millions of souls

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+ C Brown

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parks to that distinguished list today
we add the name

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Fred for months

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