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Submitted by dan. on 2007-08-20 14:33.
Rita Schwerner Bender, the widow of Michael Schwerner who was killed in Philadelphia, Miss., in 1964, speaks a lot now about “restorative justice,” something she defines as the restoration of civil society.
While heaping praise on brave Southern local district attorneys and state prosecutors, she reminds us of the society's slowness to accept the obvious. How else, she reasonably asks, does one explain away the failure of the men from Mississippi, Thad Cochran and Trent Lott, to support a resolution apologizing for the U.S. Senate's failure to pass anti-lynching laws?
On the streets of Southern cities today you'll meet plenty of people who will remind you of the need for restorative justice. They will ask, in the case of Bonard Fowler, why is there a need to reopen this old wound? Shouldn't we move forward?
To address that question, is to beg one that David Goodman, the brother of Andrew Goodman who was killed with Schwerner and Cheney asks: Do we now ignore the present? In a generation, do we as a nation look back on this time of continued unjust war as ask of collective responsibility?
It is worth considering today to understand yesterday.
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