In a dark stain on the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence, a 6-3 majority held that the fear of potential “espionage and sabotage” from American Citizens of Japanese heritage, during World War II, was enough to justify interning (a euphemism for “jailing”) Americans of Japanese descent, even those fully loyal to the United States. The three dissenting justices emphatically disagreed, referring to it as, in essence, institutionalized racism that could not be justified under the Constitution.


The case itself: Korematsu v U.S. (1944)

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