From Susan Anderson’s post on The Loop: White perpetrators of injustice and violence â€” and blacks involved
in racial violence – were encouraged to come before the Commission.
But, Commission Chair Tutu said,
“It is something of a pity that, by and large, the white community
failed to take advantage of the Truth and Reconciliation processâ€¦ Many
of them carry a burden of a guilt which would havebeen assuaged had
they actively embraced the opportunities offered by the Commissionâ€¦
Apart from the hurt that it causes to those who suffered, the denial by
so many white South Africans even that they benefited from apartheid is
a crippling, self-inflicted blow to their capacity to enjoy and
appropriate the fruits of change.”
For Americans, the lack of participation by whites in the Truth and Reconciliation process should be a warning.