[Ed. – Why yes. Yes it is, a very bad idea.]
This weekend California Rep. Sara Jacobs told CNN’s censorious scold Brian Stelter that in the wake of the non-leftist Capitol riot the United States needs a “Truth Commission.” …
Presumably, this commission would be directed at the tens of Americans who think slavery was a good thing and the Indians had it coming. It would be a valuable opportunity for communities to come together to blame white people and their ancestors for everything wrong in the country. What could possibly be more unifying?
Proponents of this kind of festival of grievance, as Jacobs did, like to point to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. But there is an important difference between that situation and where America finds itself today.
South African Apartheid fully ended in 1994. Their Truth and Reconciliation Commission began two years later, in 1996. It makes sense that when black South Africans had been living under brutal and legal racial oppression just a few years prior, the white South Africans might need a way to say, “Sorry about that, please don’t do it to us now that you are in charge.”
To compare that to the current situation in the United States is absurd.