"Finally getting out of the camps was a great day.
It felt so good to get out of the gates, and just
know that you were going home…finally. Home wasn't
where I left it though. Getting back, I was just shocked
to see what had happened, our home being bought by a different
family, different decorations in the windows; it was our house,
but it wasn't anymore. It hurt not being able to return home,
but moving into a new home helped me I believe. I think it helped
me to bury the past a little, to, you know, move on from what had
Aya Nakamura [November 18, 2000.]
In 1948, Congress agreed to pay for some of that property. They began by giving the Japanese-Americans less than ten cents for each dollar they had lost. By giving them back what they had lost was a beginning of saying "We're sorry." Also they started a civil liberties act stating "The Congress recognizes that, as described in the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, a grave injustice was done to both citizens and permanent residents of Japanese ancestry by the evacuation, relocation, and internment of civilians during World War II.
As the Commission documents, these actions were carried out without adequate security reasons and without any acts of espionage or sabotage documented by the Commission, and were motivated largely by racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership. The excluded individuals of Japanese ancestry suffered enormous damages, both material and intangible, and there were incalculable losses in education and job training, all of which resulted in significant human suffering for which appropriate compensation has not been made. For these fundamental violations of the basic civil liberties and constitutional rights of these individuals of Japanese ancestry, the Congress apologizes on behalf of the Nation."
Finally, the Japanese began to live a normal life, except many had trouble finding jobs and getting money loans. After years went by, they started farms and bought new houses. Others were damaged for life. This tragic event left different people, with different emotions. Many were killed and other wounded forever. Today many are suing to be paid back what their family lost. This is the price we pay for racism. This teaches us all that we are all people, no matter what color or race.