When sorry isn't enough : the controversy over apologies and reparations for human injustice

edited by Roy L. Brooks

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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Written by a range of scholars, pundits, activists and political leaders from around the world, these essays address the question of whether compensation for an historical wrong is dangerous "blood money" which allows a nation to wash its hands for ever of its responsibility to those it has injured. Why does the USA 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 US and Canada best grapple with the genocidal campaigns against American Indians on which their countries were founded? How should Japan make amends to Korean "comfort women" who were 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 programme, which has paid vast sums of money to Jews world-wide, a success and an example for others? These are among the topics discussed by the book's contributors, whose essays incorporate the voices of victims of some of the world's worst atrocities.

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書名 When sorry isn't enough : the controversy over apologies and reparations for human injustice
著作者等 Brooks, Roy L.
Brooks Roy L.
Brooks Roy L. (Warren Distinguished Professor of Law San Diego USA)
シリーズ名 Critical America
出版元 New York University Press
刊行年月 c1999
ページ数 xx, 536 p.
大きさ 26 cm
ISBN 0814713319
9780814713327
NCID BA43520629
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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