Wednesday, August 15, 2001

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  • Rhodes, Race and Reparations

    Since the end of World War II, governments and businesses have come to accept reparations as one means of makingamends for past injustices. Germany paid $60 billion to Holocaust survivors. The US government has paid millions toJapanese-Americans who were interned during the war. And the Canadian and Australian governments have paid theirindigenous peoples in both money and land.

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