The pursuit of social healing includes the preservation of historical memory and the restoration of victims’ dignity.
There is a double meaning of restorative justice:
—finding a path to justice that restores collective dignity, and
—restoring justice to the victims of historic gross human rights violations.
One measure of authenticity for white Christians is whether we link reconciliation with justice and repair. It’s one thing for a white Christian leader to jump in a march and put his/her arm around an African-American pastor. But will we begin a conversation that reflects on the ugly parts of our history? How do we white Christians free our faith from privileged claims of whiteness?