All over the US, we are witnessing the dawn of a truth and reconciliation movement. There is a rising chorus of voices that is helping us to collectively face an epidemic of racial violence, expose its deep historical roots, and stop it.
At this stage, there’s no centralized national truth and reconciliation body of the sort we saw in South Africa after the fall of apartheid. Instead, these expressions emanate from local, community-based and grassroots groups that are self-organizing rather than following the directives of a high-level governmental entity. For now, letting bottom-up, organic initiatives lead the way is a good thing.
To move toward a reconciled America, we have to do the work ourselves.