For His People
Robert Matsui was a great
advocate for civil rights, especially for minorities, but his most
important fight for civil rights was for his people's reparations.
Events during the 1900s instigated the rise of anti-Japanese feelings.
With the attack of Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were immediately
placed into internment camps by the government, violating civil
rights of these citizens. Matsui as a congressman pushed really
hard for the redress of Japanese Americans. The Japanese Redress
Act became the basis for attempts to pass other reparations.