by: Rahn Bailey, M.D., and Curley Bonds, III., M.D.
Engage: We should capitalize on the momentum created by recent events to push the envelope for discussions on racism. This is the opportune time to do so. We must encourage people to talk. One of the impediments to progress of equality and justice is the unwillingness to
discuss everything about past racial transgressions. If we remain quiet these violent acts will
continue, as it did recently in Atlanta, Ga shortly after Mr. Floyd’s murder. A precedent of this
was the time Nelson Mandela started the Truth and Reconciliation Commission after he got released for being wrongfully imprisoned for 27 years. It still exists today and allows a platform
for these discussions to be had. South Africa was marred with racial problems. This was evident by the racial apartheid. During this period there was much violence and human rights
abuses. This type of body was created to usher in an era of greater fairness and humanity. In
an official court setting it gave a chance to air their grievances. It demonstrated the people’s
commitment to reconciliation. This same type of reconciliation should be practiced in the era we
are in now. Race relations might improve if we engage in dialogue with those of different backgrounds. Understanding the processes of how they think and allowing an outlet to these emotions. This can give ideas of how to work around certain circumstances, despite the fact that you
shouldn’t have too.
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