Muller Writes Again
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Eric Muller has responded to my post on taking the Korematsu thing out of context, with a post cleverly titled Ful(ford) of It.

James Fulford apparently doesn't think that his resurrection of the smear of Fred Korematsu ought to count as an instance of "invidious racism and hate" on

I'm puzzled by the word "smear" here, since I can't think of anything I've said that wasn't true, and as for the famous 1942 headline, "Jap Spy Arrested in San Leandro,'' you can't honestly call that a smear.It was a justifiable error on the part of the newspaper and the authorities. The other part I'm resurrecting is the details of his arrest. Which need resurrecting, in the interests of historical accuracy.

Here's the statement that Ellen Tauscher, the Congresswoman for San Leandro, issued when she was attending the Presidential Medal Of Freedom ceremony for Korematsu.

During one of the darkest chapters in American history when the U.S. government forced thousands of American citizens into internment camps simply because of their ancestry, Mr. Korematsu had the courage to say no. He was subsequently arrested for demanding no more than what every American citizen is entitled to — his basic human rights.


Mr. Korematsu was arrested in 1942 for staying in his own home and refusing to comply with the order that sent more than 120,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry to internment camps during World War II. Tauscher to Attend Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony at White House for San Leandro Resident

That's a lot of wrong historical facts to get wrong:

Korematsu didn't have the courage to say no, he ran and hid.

He wasn't arrested in his own home, (which was in Oakland) but in San Leandro, where he was hiding.

There weren't "120,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry to internment camps " —of approximately 120, 000 people, (110,000 in internment camps) 38% were not American citizens—they were subjects of the Emperor Of Japan. With whom the United States was at war, remember?

But the main thrust of his post is a laundry list of other quotations from the Complete Works Of James Fulford, with this note:

Fair enough. If you don't like that one, how do the following quotes from Mr. Fulford suit you?

Most of them suit me fine, because I wrote them. He doesn't attempt to say what's wrong with them, either, and the first couple of commenters on his blog seem to think they're fine, but I'll have to devote a whole other post to them, above.


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