Source: (2009) Law and Contemporary Problems. 72(2):144-149.

This article provides a brief background on the Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation process and the event it was created to address. It will then apply some of the lessons described in Professor Gibson’s article2 to the process in Greensboro by exploring these questions: (1) Who were the victims in Greensboro and what role did they or should they have played in the truth and reconciliation process? (2) How can an institution have broad legitimacy in a community with such low levels of trust? (3) What is reconciliation and has it occurred in Greensboro? Although Gibson offers much valuable advice for building effective truth and reconciliation commissions (TRCs), some of his advice is contingent on the perceived goals of the TRC, while other advice can prove counterproductive. (excerpt)


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