Racial Reconciliation in Mississippi: An Evaluation of the Proposal to Establish a Mississippi Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, Vol. 27, Spring 2011
48 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2011 Last revised: 20 Jun 2017
Date Written: May 3, 2011
This article examines the proposal to create a truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in Mississippi. Half a century after Jim Crow, the South’s violent history of racial oppression remains in the shadows. Drawing on truth and reconciliation processes in other countries, this article examines some of the main challenges facing truth-seeking in Mississippi, including the state’s institutional racism, the complicity of ordinary Mississippians in Jim Crow, and the TRC’s mandate in relation to symbolism, reparations, amnesties and trials. The article seeks to contribute to a growing literature on how restorative justice can be used to confront America’s history of racial injustice.
Keywords: race, reconciliation, truth and reconciliation, TRC, Mississippi, South, United States
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