Can the Japanese-Internment be applied to the post-9/11 discrimination?

Presidential Letter of Apology

In 1993, more than fifty years after the opening of Japanese Internment Camps in the United States, then-President Bill Clinton sent letters to each survivor of those camps, asking forgiveness on behalf of the American people. This letter was the result of a piece of legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 which apologized for these internment camps on behalf of the United States government. The government distributed more than $1.6 billion in damages and reparations to Japanese Americans who were afflicted by this internment and their children, totaling about $20,000 per person.

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2 responses

  1. This is so interesting. Do you know how they all responded? This is obviously not something where just a simple apology is enough, but since the government distributed so much money to help out, I’m just curious if they were grateful, if the aid had a big impact, etc. That would be another interesting follow up to consider.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

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