Carl Samson, NextShark, December 23, 2022
A force of 76 Japanese American and Asian American organizations has demanded President Joe Biden to create a reparations commission for African Americans before 2023.
In a letter sent to the White House on Wednesday, the groups — led by the National Nikkei Reparations Coalition (NNRC) — called for an executive order to establish the commission, which would study “the legacy of enslavement and racist government policies with the intent to develop and implement practical solutions for reparations.”
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the country’s oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization, joined the undersigned groups in their plea to Biden.
“The travesty of slavery and its aftermath must be addressed if we are to truly become the great nation that we profess to be,” JACL National President Larry Oda said in a statement. “The 400 years of racism and denied opportunity have taken their toll on the community. The establishment of a Presidential Commission to study the legacy of enslavement would educate and inform the public and Congress of the harm that is perpetuated on the community.”