20th Anniversary of the passage of the bill which gave Japanese Americans an apology and reparations for internment August 11, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in Asian Americans, internment, Japanese Americans, race, racism, reparations.
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Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which gave Japanese Americans who were interned because of Executive Order 9066 an official apology and reparations for their illegal and racist detention by the US government. It’s a tribute to the courageous and persistent fight for justice by the nisei and sansei, amongst others, who helped to make possible that historic moment on August 10, 1988. No words or any amount of money can ever make up for the physical, psychological, and economic damage that was done to the Japanese American community. However, the signing of that bill gave those wronged because of interment a certain sense of dignity and also a somewhat redeemed sense of faith in our American system. From all this may we learn from the past and never repeat this evil ever again.
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This is the link to the video of the ceremony on May 18, 2008 at the University of Washington, in which the university awarded honorary degrees to those Japanese Americans enrolled at the University of Washington who were unable to finish their degrees because they were wrongfully and tragically interned by our racist United States government during World War II following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is 66 years too late, but I’m glad that my alma mater decided to grant some measure of justice and dignity to these patriotic and courageous Nikkei students.