His focus is too narrow. "But for most people in Greensboro, I suspect, reconciliation isn't seen as necessary simply because they don't hold themselves responsible and don't think they owe any apologies."
I was 17 years old when the killings took place. I didn't shoot anyone, provoke anyone, or fail to protect anyone. I'm not responsible, and I don't feel I'm being asked to apologize.
That's not the point.
We know the truth, or most of it. So why not document it? It's part of Greensboro's history.
Spare me the argument that the participants weren't from here. Some were. Nelson Johnson has lived here his entire adult life. The cops were from here. The witnesses were, and the prosecutors and defense lawyers.
Anyway, most of the soldiers at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse weren't from here, either, and we talk about that plenty. If a plane full of strangers crashed here, we'd build a monument to those unfortunate souls.
The facts won't make the marchers look good, they won't make the Klan look good, and they won't make the police look good.
This we know.
But setting them down in a document, and recording the overlapping beliefs and fears and misunderstandings around those truths, all of which persist to this day -- that will be a step forward.
It's the healing we lack.
This is a chance at reconciliation in ways that go way beyond Nov 3 1979.
That's the point, Doug.