Calls for reform to policing across the nation can help to directly reduce police violence against civilians but don’t address the centuries-old underlying problems in American society.
Research indicates that the country is not likely to escape its historic cycles of violence and racial oppression without addressing this painful and troubled history. Reform efforts abound—including Minneapolis city councilors declaring they will dismantle the police department, school districts cutting ties with local police, and states banning the police use of chokeholds.
Those efforts can make meaningful differences in individuals’ lives, but they do not address the systemic injustices perpetrated throughout the nation’s history. A recent article in Yes! Magazine focuses on truth commissions and reparation programs.
Read the full article at www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2020/06/29/racial-healing-reparations-truth-reconciliation.