A Sorry State By Mitch Miyagawa Essay

754 Words Jul 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Apologizing is usually what a person would do if they have done something wrong, or if they have personally hurt another individual. However, sometimes an apology is given when it is something that people have done in the past. There have been so many wrongs in the past that some people still feel the need to be apologizing for them, and some people still feel they are owed an apology from the governments of the involved countries. In “A Sorry State”, Mitch Miyagawa discusses the many apologies that have been given out by governments around the world and what those apologies truly accomplish.
There has been an apology given for every war, every case of discrimination, and every misguided choice. The apologies are meant to right the wrongs of the past, to allow people to feel heard and to remember the wrongdoings. With so many apologies being given out, it is being asked what they actually mean. Are these apologies sincere or are they a way of burying the past? Mitch explains that these apologies start to lose their effects and the meanings behind them when they are given out so plainly. There is no sincerity in the apologies made by the government. He claims that statements coming from the government have become more of a way to forget the past, than a sincere way to remember the wrongs that have been made. At a conference in he has a conversation with a man named Roy Miki, an author and scholar, who tells him “It allows the government to be seen as the good guy. But…

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