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The Atonement Model

Roy L. Brooks

in Atonement and Forgiveness

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780520239418
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939738 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520239418.003.0005
The Atonement Model

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Racial reconciliation must be the primary purpose of slave redress. When Americans accept the idea of slave redress, they welcome the belief that people must go back in time and place to right a heavy wrong and to make the present and future more racially harmonious. They comprehend that there is a price to pay for collective amnesia, for that type of destruction. Some might say that racial reconciliation is unnecessary or that the past should remain buried. These proficient people miss many points. They miss the point that the federal government committed a horrific racial atrocity for which it has never apologized. They miss the point that the government has little credibility on racial matters with the great majority of its black citizens. And they miss the point that black Americans continue to endure the lingering effects of slavery and Jim Crow.

Keywords: racial reconciliation; amnesia; atrocity; slavery; Jim Crow

Chapter.  15507 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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