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Matsui leads forum on Japanese American, Muslim parallels

Choral performanceHundreds of community members converged Friday at Sacramento State’s Harper Alumni Center as Congresswoman Doris Matsui led a public forum on “Hysteria, Racism, Politics: Parallels Between the WWII Japanese American Internment and Attitudes Toward the Muslim Community.”

At the forum, Matsui shared honest and insightful reflections on her own experiences – she was born in an internment camp – and challenged the audience never to take civil liberties for granted, and to speak out against threats to civil rights. Noting similarities between today’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and a dark period in U.S. history 70-plus years ago, she encouraged participants to reach out and support one another. “There’s more that we have in common than separates us,” she said.

Matsui’s talk, which was followed by a panel discussion involving community leaders, was one of a series of spring semester events exploring diversity issues. As the seventh most diverse university west of the Mississippi, Sac State is working to further its welcoming reputation.

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