“The Japanese Have Disappeared”

“The Japanese have disappeared.” That disembodied voice in Julie Otsuka’s novel The Buddha in the Attic was speaking about the 120,000 innocent citizens of Japanese descent consigned to internment camps during World War II. Considered among the worst-ever Supreme Court decisions, Korematsu v. United States stood 74 years, until it was overturned in Trump v. Hawaii. It was justice grievously delayed. Hugh urges us never to forget the words of the plaintiff, Fred Korematsu: “Fears and prejudices directed against minority communities are too easy to evoke and exaggerate, often to serve the political agendas of those who promote those fears.”

Hugh Taft-Morales serves as Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society and the Baltimore Ethical Society and is a member of the Ethical Action Committee of the American Ethical Union (AEU).  Hugh taught philosophy and history for twenty-five years in Washington, D. C., after which he transitioned into Ethical Culture Leadership.  In April of 2009 he graduated from the Humanist Institute and was certified as an Ethical Culture Leader by the AEU in 2010.

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