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Could Reparations Be A Savvy Economic Policy In Kansas City?

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President Ronald Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 into law, which granted reparations to Japanese Americans who were interned by the U.S. government during World War II.

Calls for reparations in this country date back to colonial days.

Examples of reparations awarded in this country range from Japanese Americans interned during World War II, to survivors of police abuse in Chicago and descendants of the victims of a 1923 massacre in Rosewood, Florida. Now, some people are making the case for reparations in Kansas City. He called it "smart economics."

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