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When is it too late?

Good morning, Netizens...

In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered approximately 120,000 Japanese interred in concentration camps, including 450 former students at the University of Washington. Sunday a ceremony took place at the University of Washington that awarded honorary degrees to honor those students who were forced to leave the University in 1942 by granting them honorary degrees.

In his keynote address, former Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, himself a former internee, stated eloquently:

"The message of today's event is a simple one, and one that I believe none of us should ever forget. It's never too late to do the right thing. It's never too late to rejoice that the right thing has been done. It's never too late to be grateful to people who do the right thing."

According to the AP story from whence I derived portions of this article this morning, relatives wept during the ceremony Sunday to honor students who were forced to leave the university in 1942.

My question of each of you this morning is, was this justice, too little too late or simply the right thing?


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