The 1988 Civil Liberties Act and Racism Re-Formed
Based on research from the National Archives and Records Administration and the Japanese American National Museum, Chapter One analyzes the 1988 Civil Liberties Act, which granted monetary reparations to survivors of internment, and the testimonies given before the Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC), a fact-finding government body that paved the way for the redress act. While the redress act marked a remarkable achievement for activists and internees, it ultimately marked a shift, not an ending, in the ways the U.S. state deploys racism. However, CWRIC witnesses articulated expansive notions of justice that exceed the limits of redress. Though the redress act ultimately disregarded their critiques, these testimonies nevertheless offer resources to imagine other possible ways to engage with internment’s remains.
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