20th Anniversary of the passage of the bill which gave Japanese Americans an apology and reparations for internment

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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