August 14, 2009

Twitter told us about an excellent lecture by law professor Eric Muller called “The Constitution in Wartime: The Tragedy and the Lessons of the Japanese American Internment of World War II.”

Professor Muller describes the dominant racial attitudes that permitted the mass incarceration of an immigrant group, and he points out our propensity today to equate “otherness” with danger. You can listen to a recording of the talk on, a North Carolina nonprofit. The lecture is part of a four-part series, “We the People: Democracy in America.”

Densho presented an event with Eric Muller upon publication of his most recent book: American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II. You can listen to that talk here.