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Conscience and the Constitution
 

Fair Play Committee Bulletin #1 (1944)


FAIR PLAY COMMITTEE
"one for all -- all for one"

WE SHOULD KNOW

The Fair Play Committee believes that the first duty of every loyal citizen is to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States. The cornerstone of this instrument of our government is JUSTICE, LIBERTY, FREEDOM, AND THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. The desecration of any one of these is a direct attack upon the fundamentals that molded our democratic institutions.

Abraham Lincoln said..."If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any Constitutional right, it might in a moral point of view justify a revolution." The Fair Play Committee do not intend to start a revolution but we demand judicial and orderly procedures in the molding of our destinies.

If we are American Citizens of this Nation by right of birth and Constitutional grant, then, let it be decided once and for all without equivocation our positions as members of the Nation by a rectification of our evacuation, our concentration, our detention, our pauperization by Judicial Pronouncement and Congressional act, and restoration of our freedom, liberty, and all rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.

By the granting of these, we will know of a cause and a country worthy of our blood and our lives, and we need never feel ashamed to look the enemy in the eye. The granting of these will not only liquidate the injustices of the past, but it will guarantee against any future unwarranted inroads upon the Constitution and its principles. It will guarantee assurances to the other minorities who otherwise may face. a similar fate in the future. It is accord with principles that motivated the Declaration of Independence, The War of Rebellion, the Boston Tea Party, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Proclamation for the Emancipation of Slavery.

The Fair Play Committee believes it has a right to ask first a clarification of our status, and full restoration of our rights, and abolishment of the discriminatory features of the Selective Service as applied to Japanese Americans, before being drafted into the armed forces.

THIS ABSENCE OF CLARIFICATION OF OUR STATUS, RESTORATION OF OUR RIGHTS, AND LIFTING OF DISCRIMINATORY RESTRICTIONS AGAINST US IS THE KEYSTONE OF OUR INDECISION TO ANY PROPER ORIENTATION OF ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE PRESENT PROGRAM OF DRAFTING US FROM THIS CONCENTRATION CAMP.

Thus, to be drafted or not to be drafted, or to loyal or disloyal, are not the questions at issue. To us, the very fundamentals of Democracy is at stake. If Democracy and Freedom is to exist in this Country, then we must uphold the ideals and principles of the Constitution and right the wrongs committed to a minority group.

   

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