GOV. RALPH CARR

His hero­ism in the ’40s.

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE - Re:

The story of former Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr is an im­por­tant one. Carr is an “un­known hero” in many ways, in­clud­ing his strong stand on the in­car­cer­a­tion of Ja­panese-Amer­i­can cit­i­zens here in Colorado dur­ing World War II. When the in­fa­mous Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 9066 came down in 1942, Ralph Carr was the only gover­nor with the guts to stand up and say it was wrong. This bold stand cost Carr his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, and his­tory would prove him right. No cases of dis­loy­alty from Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans were ever found, and many vol­un­teered for ac­tive ser­vice (in­clud­ing my fa­ther and un­cle) dur­ing the war. Ralph Carr was a hero in the worst of times. David Mu­ramoto, Au­rora

Thank you for the ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr’s stance dur­ing World War II. Carr’s be­lief in equal­ity and jus­tice for all led him to op­pose Ja­panese in­tern­ment camps cre­ated on un­founded fears that Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans might en­gage in es­pi­onage to aid in­va­sion of Amer­ica.

On Tues­day, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported on an open let­ter sent to Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump call­ing on him to “re­con­sider and re­ject” some of the in­di­vid­u­als he re­cently named to his ad­min­is­tra­tion who have “a well doc­u­mented his­tory of out­right big­otry di­rected at Mus­lims or ad­vo­cat­ing that Mus­lims should not have the same rights as their fel­low Amer­i­cans.”

What struck me af­ter read­ing about Carr’s coura­geous stand in World War II were th­ese words from the let­ter to Trump: “[W]e are deeply trou­bled by re­ports that your team is ac­tively con­sid­er­ing pro­pos­als that would tar­get Mus­lims based on re­li­gion and vi­o­late their Con­sti­tu­tional rights. Ad­vi­sors and mem­bers of your tran­si­tion team have pro­posed a reg­istry of Mus­lim im­mi­grants and vis­i­tors to this coun­try. Shock­ingly, an ad­vi­sor cited the in­tern­ment of more than 110,000 Ja­panese Amer­i­cans dur­ing World War II — one of the most shame­ful mo­ments in our na­tion’s his­tory — as prece­dent for tar­get­ing Mus­lims.”

Hope­fully the words of Ge­orge San­tayana will in­spire our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers speak and act as Ralph Carr did: “Those who do not re­mem­ber the past are con­demned to re­peat it.” Carl L. Hansen, Lake­wood

Af­ter com­par­ing the Den­ver Post sto­ries pub­lished over the years re­gard­ing the atroc­i­ties against Na­tive Amer­i­cans at Sand Creek in 1864 to the ac­tions of Gov. Ralph Carr and how he re­sponded to the in­tern­ment of Amer­i­can-born Ja­panese cit­i­zens in 1942, it seems ap­pro­pri­ate for our state to ex­plore re­nam­ing Mount Evans to Mount Carr. Adding par­al­lel names in Cheyenne, Ara­paho and Ja­panese lan­guages would fur­ther redeem and re­mem­ber two ter­ri­ble tragedies that have for­ever stained red our state’s his­tory. The beau­ti­ful peak that over­looks the Front Range should not be con­nected to the deeds of its name­sake, ter­ri­to­rial Gov. John Evans. Rudy Lukez, High­lands Ranch

Gov. Ralph L. Carr is sworn into of­fice in 1941.

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