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Submitted by Anthony (United States), Aug 24, 2005 at 18:59

I find it sickening that over 1oo,ooo persons of Japanese descent, were stripped of their prosperity, and all the assets and belongings this hard-working race of people had acquired in their lives. These people, most whom proved loyal to the U.S., were robbed of the chance at liberty and happiness during a time of great economic prosperity, in which they, alot of whom had become prosperous agriculturalists, were "used" as cheap labor to help white americans accumulate great wealth, when the Japanese were forced from their land and required to sell all their possesions at "bargain" prices, because everyone knew these things had to go. Of course, everything has worked out for the Japanese, no thanks to anyone else. They are an industrious, hard-working, and adaptive sort of people, as has been displayed over the years. We take away their lives and then refuse to give over half of them reparations. That's downright criminal.
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