Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Fred Korematsu, Who Fought US Over Japanese Internment


Today marks the 98th birthday of civil rights leader Fred Korematsu, who is most famous for the 1944 Supreme Court in which he fought against the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. (He lost the case and was sent to a Utah relocation center.)

In 2010, January 30th was proclaimed Fred Korematsu Day by the Governor of California. Korematsu, who died in 2005, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998 from President Bill Clinton.

Google decided to acknowledge and honor Korematsu today by featuring him on their search page in the Google Doodle, complete with Korematsu wearing his Medal of Freedom.

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Considering the current political and social climate surrounding President Donald Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ refugee and travel bans, along with other actions aimed at immigration, many on social media felt this was a well-timed and appropriate doodle.

Also, Google co-founder Sergey Brin was present at the San Francisco protest against Trump’s travel ban, explaining that he was there because he was a refugee himself.

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