Black People : Japanese-Americans were paid reparations

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  1. OldSoul

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    Japanese-American women interned at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. Newell, California, 1942​

    The internment of Japanese Americans was the World War II confinement of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese heritage who lived on the Pacific coast of the United States. The U.S. government ordered the removal of Japanese Americans in 1942, shortly after Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. The internment was applied unequally as a geographic matter: almost all who lived on the West Coast were sent to camps, while in Hawaii, where 150,000-plus Japanese Americans comprised over one-third of the population, only 1,200 to 1,800 were interned. Sixty-two percent of the internees were American citizens.
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment with Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942, which allowed local military commanders to designate "military areas" from which "any or all persons may be excluded." This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the entire West Coast, including all of California and much of Oregon, Washington and Arizona, except for those in government camps. Approximately 5,000 "voluntarily" relocated outside the exclusion zone, and some 5,500 community leaders arrested after Pearl Harbor were already in custody, but the majority of mainland Japanese Americans were "evacuated" from their West Coast homes over the spring of 1942. The United States Census Bureau assisted the internment efforts by providing confidential neighborhood information on Japanese Americans. (The Bureau denied its role for decades, but it was finally proven in 2007.) In 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the removal when Fred Korematsu's appeal for violating an exclusion order was struck down. The Court limited its decision to the validity of the exclusion orders, avoiding the issue of the incarceration of U.S. citizens
    ...In 1980, under mounting pressure from the Japanese American Citizens League and redress organizations, President Jimmy Carter opened an investigation to determine whether the need to put Japanese Americans into internment camps had been justified by the government. He appointed the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) to investigate the camps. The Commission's report, titled “Personal Justice Denied,” found little evidence of Japanese disloyalty at the time and recommended the government pay reparations to the survivors. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act, which apologized for the internment on behalf of the U.S. government and authorized a payment of $20,000 to each individual camp survivor. The legislation admitted that government actions were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership". The U.S. government eventually disbursed more than $1.6 billion in reparations to 82,219 Japanese Americans who had been interned and their heirs.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internment_of_Japanese_Americans
     
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    $20000 for spendin years in a camp is too little.... but they aint got enough money in the whole country to pay for stealin peoples whole lives - no matter what number they put on it would never be enough - reparations cant be paid - all the country could ever afford to do would be to make some token payments to people - to be a reparation it has to be equivalent to the loss - what amount of money comes anywhere near equal that loss - i aint sayin they shouldnt pay - just that whatever they might eventually pay aint gonna be enough - it never could be
     
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    Thanks for posting this oldsoul, here's some additional information:

    http://destee.com/index.php?threads/racism.29096/page-2#post-289973

    Excerpt:

    " ... During the war those relocated persons who had been cleared as to their loyalty were urged to leave the relocation centers to accept outside employment or to attend colleges in locations away from the military zones from which they had been excluded. Over 30,000 did so.

    Many of the evacuees suffered losses despite the government effort to keep such losses to a minimum. Because of this, Congress passed the Evacuation Claims Act in 1948 and over 26,000 claims were paid.In addition to this compensation, in 1988, over the objections of the Department of Justice, Congress passed into law a controversial measure which compensated ALL ethnic Japanese internees and evacuees still living for having been evacuated or interned. Compensation included payments to: ..."




     
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    This idea of reparations. ..I am wondering what would the cost be.

    How much money to how many different people?
     
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    This wasn't a factor when they paid the Japanese.
     
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