Reconciliation Has Begun!
Michael Tellinger is the South African author of Ubuntu Contributionism, However, Archbishop Desmond Tutu who was the first person to introduce Ubuntu to the West, said that there can be no Ubuntu without Reconciliation. President Nelson Mandela appointed Archbishop Tutu as the Chairman of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.
The 21st century has seen the concept of Reconciliation grow around the world. Reconciliation has begun in a variety of ways including those shown below. These important first steps are essential to raising consciousness. These steps to end 500+ years of colonialism are signs of the return of the light and that we are now coming out of the Dark Age of Kali Yuga. These are vital steps that should be taken during the UN Decade of Reconciliation in 2015-2024.
However, these steps must be accompanied by a shift in values so we can move toward Enlightenment. and during the UN Decade of Reconcilation 2015-2024. Adoption of Ubuntu and The Principles of Maat on which it is based are key. These values kept ancient Egypt stable, prosperous, and the light of the world for thousands of years!
South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission: There are reports that the TRC, established in 1996, has not succeeded. If true, it would be helpful to know how and why it failed.
Reconciliation Australia was established in 2001 and is the lead body for reconciliation in the nation.
National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC founded in 2004.
Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission established in 2008.
National Museum of the African American History and Culture in Washington, DC opened in 2016.
National Memorial For Peace and Justice, a lynching and slavery memorial, opened in Alabama in 2018.
This is a major step towards Truth and Reconciliation in America! The New York Times article A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It says: "The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opens Thursday on a six-acre site overlooking the Alabama State Capitol, is dedicated to the victims of American white supremacy. And it demands a reckoning with one of the nation’s least recognized atrocities: the lynching of thousands of black people in a decades-long campaign of racist terror."
Confronting The Legacy of Racial Terrorism
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (1862 – 1931), known as Ida B. Wells, was born into slavery in Mississippi. Freed by the American Civil War, she was America's first investigative journalist, educator, feminist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She arguably became the most famous black woman in America, during a life that was centered on combating prejudice and violence -- especially lynchings.
Wells wrote that she believed that about 10,000 Black men had been lynched between the end of the Civil War (1865) and 1930.. That would be about 154 lynchings for each of the 65 years -- or about 3 a week, one every other day!
In 1892, when lynching reached its high-water mark, 241 people were lynched -- or almost 5 each week. The police and government often cooperated in the lynchings and the media announced them like fun public events Often hundreds, and even thousands of people attended, bringing their young kids. They took photos and turned them into postcards.
Wells points out: "The nineteenth century lynching mob cuts off ears, toes, and fingers, strips off flesh, and distributes portions of the body as souvenirs among the crowd. If the leaders of the mob are so minded, coal-oil is poured over the body and the victim is then roasted to death....In Paris (Texas) the officers of the law delivered the prisoner to the mob.
The mayor gave the school children a holiday and the railroads ran excursion trains so that the people might see a human being burned to death.... This condition of affairs were brutal enough and horrible enough if it were true that lynchings occurred only because of the commission of crimes against women -- as is constantly declared by ministers, editors, lawyers, teachers, statesmen, and even by women themselves....
the Atlanta Constitution's reward of $500 keyed the mob to the necessary burning and roasting pitch."