|JAPANESE AMERICAN FAMILY WATING FOR THE BUS TO TAKE THEM TO AN AMERICAN CONCENTRATION CAMP|
Somewhere in the south of Arizona there is a recreatjion site named after him. Why, because it is not far from there that he spent years in a prison camp 5,000 feet up in the Catalina Mountains. for Japanese Americans during World War II.
Gordon Hirabayashi should be a civil rights icon. He didn't refuse to give up his seat on the bus. He refused to get on the damn bus...with other Japanese Americans who were being taken off to be interred. One of only three Japanese Americans to defy President Roosevelt's orders of exclusion, he surrendered to the FBI.
He was tried and convicted but still didn't go easily or quietly into the night.
And we should remember him and honor his name.
The following is from Rafu Shimpo.