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Honest PatriotsLoving a Country Enough to Remember Its Misdeeds$
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Donald W. Shriver

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151534

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195151534.001.0001

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South Africa

South Africa

In the Wake of Remembered Evil

(p.63) 2 South Africa
Honest Patriots

Donald W. Shriver, Jr.

Oxford University Press

South Africa is credited with having achieved one of the great historical non-violent transitions from oppression to democracy. In the 10 years after 1994, its citizens and government have enacted several measures for ensuring that future generations will neither forget the apartheid past nor ever repeat it: new laws, a new constitution, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, museums, liberation anniversaries, and public memorials to human suffering in the past. This chapter pays special attention to the TRC of 1995-98 and lessons to be learned from its work by other countries.

Keywords:   racism, political repentance, political forgiveness, truth, reconciliation, amnesty, restorative justice, reparations, empathy

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