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: 9 Jan 2021

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Patryk I. Labuda

Polish Academy of Sciences - Institute of Legal Studies

Date Written: May 3, 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Labuda, Patryk I., Racial Reconciliation in Mississippi: An Evaluation of the Proposal to Establish a Mississippi Truth and Reconciliation Commission (May 3, 2011). Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, Vol. 27, Spring 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1937874

Patryk I. Labuda (Contact Author)

Polish Academy of Sciences - Institute of Legal Studies ( email )

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