Korematsu overruled or reaffirmed?

On June 26, 2018, by a 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court in Trump v. Hawaii upheld President Donald Trump’s so-called “Travel Ban,” the thrice-revised executive orders barring entry of people from Muslim-majority nations. When Trump announced his first order in January 2017, travelers having nothing to do with terrorism were detained, U.S. residents were stranded […]

Court strikes down part of Trump’s 3rd travel ban

A federal appeals court in San Francisco Dec. 22 struck down part of President (Donald) Trump’s third travel ban. Trump issued the ban in a Sept. 24 proclamation, restricting entry from six mostly Muslim counties, North Korea and Venezuela. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the six predominantly Muslim […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: AAPIs are making it to the political playoffs, but can they win the championship?

Strong history-making electoral victories in recent months continue to show that Asian American and Pacific Islanders are not a fly-by-night phenomenon in the political arena. Last month, Manka Dhingra won a heavily-contested state Senate seat in Washington that flipped the chamber to Democratic control. In Virginia, Kathy Tran became the first Vietnamese American elected to […]

Police identify suspect filmed yelling slurs, slapping man on BART

A suspect has been identified in a viral video that showed him yelling racial slurs and slapping a man on a BART train the evening of Nov. 13, BART officials said Nov. 17. “At this point we can confirm that BART police have successfully identified the man (suspect),” BART spokesman Chris Filippi said. “BART will […]

Astros player’s racist gesture on display during World Series

Houston Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel will be suspended for the first five games of the 2018 MLB season for making a racist gesture Oct. 27 during the World Series. After hitting a home run off the Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish during Game 3 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Gurriel, 33, brought […]

Officer linked to text message scandal pleads guilty to felony

A former San Francisco police lieutenant named in a scandal involving racist text messages last year has pleaded guilty to filing a false police report as part of a plea agreement, court officials said Sept. 14. Curtis Liu, 55, pleaded to the felony charge on Sept. 6 as part of a deal reached with prosecutors. […]

Reporter fired for racist tweet on Sato’s Indy 500 win

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — A Denver Post sportswriter lost his job May 29 after tweeting that he was “uncomfortable” with Japanese driver Takuma Sato winning the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. “Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” Terry Frei wrote, […]

Two Texas men convicted of assault, hate crime in 2016 attack of Sikh man

Two Texas men have been sentenced to three years in state prison after they pleaded no contest May 18 to felony assault and a hate crime enhancement for a 2016 attack in Richmond, according to Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson. Chase Little and Colton Leblanc were accused of attacking Maan Singh Khalsa, a […]

The unintended consequences of hate

This story was reported using data from ProPublica’s Documenting Hate Project. This project is collecting reports to create a national database of hate crimes and bias incidents for use by journalists and civil-rights organizations. If you’ve been a victim or a witness, use the form below to tell us your story. SAN JOSE, Calif. — […]

Korematsu Day tackles mass incarceration across communities

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Fred T. Korematsu Institute held its seventh annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution program Jan. 29 at the Paramount Theatre. The program, entitled “Mass Incarceration Across Communities: What’s Next?,” commemorated the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Korematsu defied military orders — that incarcerated some 120,000 people […]

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