Posted on January 8, 2011 (moved from M. Jackson blog)
In June of 2009, we showed a film at WISR called Zulu Love Letters, which was critical of the Truth Commission in South Africa. The point was that for such terrible crimes, the movement toward healing that was supposed to happen was not nearly enough. This article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_and_Reconciliation_Commission_(South_Africa) , refers to this process as being a type of restorative justice, which I think is appropriate and which I think is a good idea, and I have always been impressed that they were able to carry it so far in South Africa when you consider all the horrible things that people have done to other people through the ages. I learned when we showed the film, however, that some people did not think this process was appropriate or nearly enough, considering the damage that had been done. It is a challenge for people of faith and Christians like Desmond Tutu who apply their faith in this way. I truly believe there needs to be more restorative justice to heal society and not just punish people. I hope to study this article referenced above for starters and would like to dialogue with others more about this so feel free to post your comments here and let me and others know what you think.