The Fight for Reparations in the Japanese and African American Communities

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The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 allowed reparations for Japanese Americans illegally detained by the United States Government during World War II. Many assumed that the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 would help African American attain reparations for slavery. Legislation introduced in Congress each year since 1989 to create a commission to study the effects of slavery and segregation, has never been addressed as a serious issue. The fight for reparations in both the Japanese and African American communities have followed the same path of legal action, community support, public debate, and political actions helping to open a dialogue regarding reparations in the United States.
Japanese Americans filed continuous legal action against the
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These public forums helped create the Japanese American Citizens League and the Seattle Evacuation Redress Committee, which helped to get the United States Congress to form The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians allowing public debate regarding Japanese reparations. ( The Children of the Camps Project., 1999).
Once Congress established the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, public debate started on the possibility of reparations for Japanese Americans because the American media provided the public with information on the injustices suffered by Japanese American during World War II. Now that the public is aware of the injustices, many other joined the Japanese in requesting that the United States government provide reparations for past injustices. Now that the Japanese American community had support from other organizations due to public awareness, the United States Government took political action to correct the injustices suffered by Japanese Americans. (The Children of the Camps Project., 1999).
Legal actions in the African American community sought reparations from the federal government, but also damages from major corporations that profited from slavery. African Americans filed continual legal actions against the United States Government and major corporations in the United States asking for monetary damages for African Americans for the

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