Truth, Reconciliation, and Korematsu v. United States
A lesson from history in finding the truth when the Justice Department has been complicit in the cover-up.
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The incarceration of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans in the 1940s is one of the most shameful acts in American history. Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Judge Edward M Chen and Don Tamaki, members of the legal team that worked to clear Fred Korematsu’s name almost 40 years after his conviction, to discuss the overlooked context, corruption, and cover-up that enabled the policy, and to examine how the Supreme Court has yet to fully contend with the legacy of Korematsu v United States. They also unpack the lessons the case offers for the present moment.
The documentary discussed is Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066.
Podcast production by Sara Burningham.