On this day, March 30, 2005, Fred Korematsu died of respitory failure at his home in California.
He had said at the vacating of his immoral conviction: “I would like to see the government admit that they were wrong and do something about it so this will never happen again to any American citizen of any race, creed, or color.” He also said, “If anyone should do any pardoning, I should be the one pardoning the government for what they did to the Japanese-American people.”
On his deathbed: "I'll never forget my government treating me like this. And I really hope that this will never happen to anybody else because of the way they look, if they look like the enemy of our country”. “Protest, but not with violence, and don’t be afraid to speak up. One person can make a difference, even if it takes forty years."