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Norman Mineta on Civil Rights

Secretary of Transportation (Pres. Bush Cabinet)

 


Pushed for redress of WWII Japanese internment

Mineta and his family were among the 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry forced from their homes and into internment camps during World War II. While in Congress, Mineta was the driving force behind passage of HR 442, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which officially apologized for and redressed the injustices endured by Japanese Americans during the War. In 1995, George Washington U. awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Medal to Mineta for his contributions to the field of civil rights.
Source: Dept. of Transportation web site, “Secretary Bio” , Feb 3, 2001

Proposed reparations for Japanese WWII internment

Norman Mineta was one of the leaders of the congressional action on reparations. Mineta was a Democrat and Alan Simpson a Republican, but on the issue of internment they had a common point of view. The US government had made a terrible mistake and it owed everyone involved an official apology.
Source: The Greatest Generation, by Tom Brokaw, p.224-227 , Nov 30, 1998

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