I think Hoggard is exactly right that the City owes the residents of Morningside Homes some statement about its failure to keep the peace on November 3, 1979.
I'm not sure he's correct that apologies cost nothing, and I think the City has to be careful about wording its regrets in a way that doesn't open it up for lawsuits.
But this is what reconciliation is about, the people of Greensboro knowing that the City and the justice system include everyone.
It's never been about reconciling the Klan and the communists. They can make their own peace with each other, and with the community they helped embroil in this tragic mess.
But when I hear people say that nobody cares, there's nothing to reconcile, well, I don't think they are considering the whole city, the neighborhoods and individuals who felt unprotected and let down by the cops and the courts. The distrust didn't start that day, but that day fed it, and it persists even now.
Hoggard: "It shouldn’t matter if Nelson Johnson or anyone else told them to stay away, our police should have been right in the middle of it all." Yes, they should have been there. Greensboro owns a big piece of this story, and Greensboro should own up to it.