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Greg Robinson and Robert S. Chang

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496810458

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496810458.001.0001

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The Paradox of Reparations

The Paradox of Reparations

Japanese Americans and African Americans at the Crossroads of Alliance and Conflict

(p.159) 6 The Paradox of Reparations
Minority Relations

Greg Robinson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers a more complex and multiracial view of history by revisiting the narrative of the Japanese American redress movement and discovers a paradox at its core: while the campaign by Japanese Americans for reparations for their wartime confinement started at the end of the 1960s as part of a wider antiracist coalition, and received key support in its early stages from African American political leaders, Japanese Americans increasingly distanced themselves from their black allies as the goal of redress grew nearer, even as African Americans became increasingly public in their opposition. The chapter also shows how the victory of the redress movement in 1988 offered a major precedent, and a model, for reparations efforts by blacks.

Keywords:   Japanese American redress movement, wartime confinement, antiracist coalition, African Americans, Japanese Americans, black allies

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