GOV. RALPH CARR
His heroism in the ’40s.
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.