North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 5, 2003

Source: Japanese American Citizens League

On February 5, 2003 the Japanese American Citizens League issued a press release stating, "the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian Pacific American civil rights organization, condemns remarks made by Rep. Howard Coble, (R-NC-6) during a radio call-in program yesterday on WKZL-FM in North Carolina where he explicitly supported President Roosevelt’s decision to incarcerate the Japanese American community during World War II... 'It is astonishing that yet another political leader would publicly embrace the racist policies of the 1940s, and we are flabbergasted that a man who supports racial profiling and ethnic scapegoating chairs the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security,' added John Tateishi, JACL National Executive Director. 'The JACL calls on the House Republican leadership to remove him immediately from this position before he does further harm.'"