When Sorry Isn't Enough: The Controversy Over Apologies and Reparations for Human Injustice
Roy L. Brooks
NYU Press, 1999 - Law - 536 pages
"How much compensation ought to be paid to a woman who was raped 7,500 times? What would the members of the Commission want for their daughters if their daughters had been raped even once?"
Seemingly every week, a new question arises relative to the current worldwide ferment over human injustices. Why does the U.S. offer $20,000 atonement money to Japanese Americans relocated to concentration camps during World War II, while not even apologizing to African Americans for 250 years of human bondage and another century of institutionalized discrimination? How can the U.S. and Canada best grapple with the genocidal campaigns against Native Americans on which their countries were founded? How should Japan make amends to Korean "comfort women" sexually enslaved during World War II? Why does South Africa deem it necessary to grant amnesty to whites who tortured and murdered blacks under apartheid? Is Germany's highly praised redress program, which has paid billions of dollars to Jews worldwide, a success, and, as such, an example for others?
More generally, is compensation for a historical wrong dangerous "blood money" that allows a nation to wash its hands forever of its responsibility to those it has injured?
A rich collection of essays from leading scholars, pundits, activists, and political leaders the world over, many written expressly for this volume, When Sorry Isn't Enough also includes the voices of the victims of some of the world's worst atrocities, thereby providing a panoramic perspective on an international controversy often marked more by heat than reason.
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A Reparations Success Story?
Memories of My Childhood in the Holocaust
The Human Guinea Pigs of Ravensbrück
German Compensation for National Socialist Crimes
Romani Victims of the Holocaust
Office of the Governor Pete Wilson State of California
The Distribution of Wealth Sovereignty and Culture
Not Even an Apology?
The Legal Status of African Americans during
African Americans under the Antebellum Constitution
The Growing Movement for Reparations
What Form Redress?
The Jugun Ianfu System
Report of the Special
Japans Official Responses to Nanking
Japans Settlement of the PostWorld War II
A Legal Analysis
Japanese American Redress and the American
The Internment of Americans of Japanese Ancestry
Report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation
Japanese American Narratives
Redress Achieved 19831990
Confirming the Termination
The Case of the Japanese Peruvians
Five Hundred Years
The Killing of Big Snake a Ponca Chief
The Massacre at Wounded Knee South Dakota
Indian Claims for Reparations Compensation
The True Nature of Congresss Power over Indian
Repatriation Must Heal Old Wounds
Why the North and South Should Have Apologized
Camille Paglias Online Advice
Forty Acres and a Mule
The Triumph of White Supremacy
Jim Crow Narratives
The United States Has Already Apologized
What Price Reconciliation?
African National Congress Statement to
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Amnesty
Alternatives and Adjuncts to Criminal Prosecutions
Will the Amnesty Process Foster Reconciliation
Introductory Notes to the Presentation of the Truth
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