Opinion: Constitutional Rights Not Dependent on Race

In an opinion piece for the Tennessean, Washington Post columnist George Will examines the social and political history of the 1944 Korematsu v. United States decision, which affirmed President Franklin Roosevelt’s wartime power to sweep Americans of Japanese ancestry into concentration camps. Peter Iron, founder of the Earl Warren Bill of Rights Project at the University of California, is campaigning for a Supreme Court repudiation of the decision -- an unprecedented act. Will writes that it is “less important that the decision be repudiated than that it be remembered” and warns that the case is a reminder that waiving constitutional rights is rarely necessary and rarely ends well.