"To not hate": Reconciliation among victims of violence and participants of the greensboro truth and reconciliation commission

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Abstract

The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission (GTRC) was an intervention promoting reconciliation among the victims and community affected by the 1979 Greensboro Massacre in North Carolina. An exploratory qualitative research design was used, in which in-depth, open-ended interviews were conducted with victims of the Greensboro Massacre who subsequently participated in the GTRC (n = 17). Findings revealed a typology of reconciliation that includes cognitive-affective, behavioral and social reconciliation. Respondents displayed different orientations in how they prioritized reconciliation with the twin goals of seeking truth and justice. The GTRC did contribute to interpersonal reconciliation, and can be a useful model of communities working to recover from violence. The cognitive-affective, behavioral and social typology of reconciliation can be used to assess other interventions aimed at promoting reconciliation. Individuals' personal orientations towards reconciliation can also be used to explain different reactions among people to restorative justice efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-285
Number of pages17
JournalContemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Greensboro
  • Reconciliation
  • Restorative justice
  • Truth and reconciliation commissions
  • Victims

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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