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Atonement and ForgivenessA New Model for Black Reparations$
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Roy Brooks

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520239418

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520239418.001.0001

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The Atonement Model

The Atonement Model

(p.141) Chapter 5 The Atonement Model
Atonement and Forgiveness

Roy L. Brooks

University of California Press

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

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