When Sorry isn't Enough
The Controversy Over Apologies and Reparations for Human Injustice
Edited by Roy L. Brooks
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When Sorry isn't Enough by Roy L. Brooks
Book Description"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?" -Karen Parker, speaking before the U.N. Commission on Human Rights 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814713327
(6466mm x 4531mm x 36mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Roy L. Brooks
Racial Justice in the Age of Obama, Hardback (August 2009)
With the election of Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States, the issue of racial justice in America occupies center stage. Have black Americans finally achieved racial justice? Is government intervention no longer required? This book offers fresh insights and effective remedies for race issues in America.
Atonement and Forgiveness, Paperback (March 2006)
Offering a comprehensive discussion of the history of the black redress movement, this book presents a plan for repairing the damaged relationship between the federal government and black Americans in the aftermath of 240 years of slavery and another 100 years of government-sanctioned racial segregation.
Integration or Separation?, Paperback (September 1999)
Integrated in principle, segregated in fact: is this the legacy of 50 years of "progress" in American racial policy? This book argues that integration has not worked and possibly never will.
Rethinking the American Race Problem, Paperback (January 1992)» View all books by Roy L. Brooks
If the conservative view of the American race problem is frightening, the traditional liberal view seems impotent. Analyzing the race problem from neither right nor left, this book sheds light on America's longest running social and moral dilemma. It examines the intractable racial problems confronting Americans at the end of the 20th century.
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Author Biography - Roy L. Brooks
Roy L. Brooks is Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego and author, most recently, of Critical Procedure and Integration or Separation?: A Strategy for Racial Equality.
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