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US Rep Coble SHould resign for Racist Remarks! (english)
10 Feb 2003
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We, the undersigned, condemn remarks made by Rep. Howard Coble during a
call-in program on WKZL-FM on February 4, 2003, where he explicitly
supported President Roosevelt's decision to incarcerate the Japanese
American community during World War II. Rep. Coble's claims that the
action was for the internees' own protection and that some of the
were intent on doing harm to the nation not only contradict each other,
have both been contradicted by historical experience and the Civil
Liberties Act that was passed by Congress in 1988.
Rep. Coble's views regarding the Japanese American internment, which he
has repeatedly defended in the days following his statement,
that his understanding of fundamental American values, basic civil
liberties and constitutional rights is far out of step with the U.S.
Congress and the American people. He is unfit to serve as the chairman
a Congressional subcommittee that is charged with weighing the most
consequential civil liberties issues of our time.
We view Rep. Coble's statement that "I apologize if I offended anybody.
I certainly did not intend to offend anybody" as a non-apology, and his
continuing efforts to justify the Japanese American internment as an
affront to all freedom-loving Americans. We call for his immediate
removal from the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security.