A Japanese-American who can be considered a civil rights pioneer has died. He resisted the World War II internment camps. Gordon Hirabayashi was 93 years old and ABC7 looks at how this man helped change history. [...]
"Gordon believed it was wrong to single him and other Japanese-Americans out on the basis of ancestry," said Karen Kai, who was on one of Hirabayashi's defense teams.
He called it racial discrimination and turned himself into the FBI and was convicted. He appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it ruled against him ...
But in the 1980s, new evidence uncovered blatant government misconduct. Hirabayashi and two others went to court to challenge the original ruling. The case was retried and in 1987 his conviction was overturned.