"More Perfect" and Korematsu v. US

WNYC produces a podcast called More Perfect that deals in detail, not just with Supreme Court cases, but with the people and the situations that the court evaluated.  They took a hiatus but just began posting regular shows again on September 30.  They started with a look at Korematsu v. United States wherein an American man of Japanese ancestry with the support of the ACLU sued the Federal Government.  Fred Korematsu was arrested and detained at an internment camp during World War II and challenged in court the lawfulness of the executive orders that President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued restricting the movement of Japanese-Americans inside of the United States.  Korematsu lost.  It’s generally regarded as one the court's most controversial decisions along with the Dred Scott decision in 1857 and a handful of others.  The Korematsu decision, however, is generally regarded as defensible whereas some of its controversial companions (Dred Scott for example) are widely considered disastrous mistakes.  The podcast explores the implications of that.  

The More Perfect podcast interviews Fred Korematsu at length about what it was like for he and his family at the time the executive order and its corresponding military orders were going into effect.  It’s a really powerful look at the enormous effect exclusionary policies like these can have on families and on a citizen’s sense of self-worth and American identity.

Racism, InternmentPeter Amos