Why addressing the historical legacy of racial injustice is essential for a healthy democracy

  • The problem: Many societies have a deeply painful legacy of race-based injustice, which negatively affects its capacity to address the impact of that legacy and so undermines the present and future of that society.
  • Why it matters: Democracies cannot function, let alone thrive, if institutions avoid dealing with their legacies of injustice. In fact, they are highly likely to continue to perpetuate and grow these divisions, to their long-term detriment.
  • The solution: Many different approaches are making a difference, but Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRCs), provide one of the best practice examples for real accountability and change.
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