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Bring On The Warm-and-Fuzzies

Posted By Diana Newby On Jul 20, 2009 @ 5:26 pm In News,Sandbox | Comments Disabled

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We recommend a box of tissues for this one:

In a somewhat belated but no less moving gesture, the UC Board of Regents is bestowing honorary degrees [1] on about 400 Japanese Americans who, when forced from their schools into World War II internment camps, were never able to complete their University of California educations.

One such former student, 88-year-old Grace Obata Amemiya, accepted her UC Berkeley degree this past Thursday. The event marked the first time in almost four decades that the Board has given honorary diplomas—an act purposely avoided to ” help avoid political pressures or the appearance of favoritism.”

Favoritism our a**. Considering the circumstances in question (y’know … rampant racism; forced labor; a kind of horrific blight on our nation’s historical record), we think this is a quite worthwhile exception.

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UC to award honorary degrees to interned Japanese American students [LA Times [1]]


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[1] bestowing honorary degrees: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-uc-japanese17-2009jul17,0,3410225.story

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