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Japanese Americans Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

End Racism, Sexism, Colonialism

Japanese American Redress and African American Reparations Intertwined

By Reparations

By Kamna Shastri — When Satsuki Ina’s mother received her reparations check from the US government in apology for incarcerating over 120,000 Japanese Americans between 1942 and 1945, the check ended up somewhere in a stack of papers piled high on her desk. Instead, a framed apology letter leaning against the wall caught Ina’s eye. “What does this mean for you?” Ina asked her mother. “I feel like I finally…

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