We natives of Latin America have been dealing with this stuff 300 years longer than you, our cousins from the north. In Mexico it is still being played out today...all the mixtures of opinions and arguments based on religion, skin color, relatives who are non-native and ideas of forgiveness and reconciliation. I don't know what the solution is but I side with the articles basic premise...there can be no reconciliation without justice and restitution. Neither is a quick fix...it would take 20-50 years of carefully constructed programming of training, access, legislation and "decolonizing of the mind" for us to truly be free again. I wish there was a common goal or idea that would supercede all the petty battles I've listed above. So far in Latin America, after 521 years, none has shown up. To Wakpa Woowatonna, you don't have to forgive to carry on and be free. Think about a spouse or a sibling that has wronged you...if you remove them from your life and start a new one....you can be happy and forget. But if they meddle in your life ever after....then you have a problem.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 16:27