The Japanese have attacked our homeland. In order to prevent future attacks through espionage we will be relocating Japanese citizens to camps.
Excuse me Mr. Korematsu you must come with us. Gather your things you are going to an internment Camp.
I'm not going anywhere!
On December 9th, 1941 Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This was a direct attack on the American homeland and caused extreme panic.
We believe the inconvenience of some citizens is worth the safety and protection of our nation.
The Supreme court has sided with the United States with a vote of 6 to 3.
The rights of me and thousands of Japanese Americans have been violated.
In response to the bombing president Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order which allowed the U.S. Military to relocate tens of thousands of Japanese citizens to interment camps.
Instead of willingly going with the military Korematsu refused saying it was a violation of his rights.
Korematsu went against the United States. He said that the government was discriminating against him and they were violating the constitutional. The USA's response was that it was worth it in order to prevent future attacks. In the end Korematsu lost with the Justices voting 6 to 3 against him.
Korematsu argued that it was unconstitutional to forcefully relocate him simply based upon his ancestry, and that to do so would be basically imprisoning him. The USA argued that the loyalty of some Japanese Americans was with Japan and not America, and that it would be near impossible to tell where someones loyalty lies. The US also argued that in times of war the military reserves the right to arrest citizens.
The case of Korematsu vs U.S.A. reminded us of the complications of court involving constitutional rights during times of war.