It may be time for a U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission to deal with America’s legacy of slavery. Political analysts referred to the nation’s “original sin” of slavery while discussing recent police killings of unarmed black men. Other incidents of race-based violence continue to plague U.S. society.

"I teach law focusing on transitional justice and have worked with two national truth commissions. From 1996 to 2001, I was a consultant to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, which examined that country’s legacy of racism, slavery and apartheid. From 2009 to 2013, I was one of three international commissioners on Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, which addressed human-rights violations committed over 45 years. Each was established by its respective government as an independent commission. Each panel had its challenges. Yet both shed light on the systematic historical injustices that, like it or not, defined each country"

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Dexterous 4 years 11 weeks ago

Perhaps you should clean up your own "original sin" before you tell the US how to run our country.

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zapdam 4 years 11 weeks ago

first of all the Metro News is a right wing rag , trying to somehow justify slavery. Having said that, the truth is Canada was a refuge for black people, you know like 'Vietnam draft dodgers'. Since I know you kinow nothing about reality of history , here goes.

'The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people of African descent in the United States in efforts to escape to free states and Canada with the aid ofabolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.'

British North America (present-day Canada), where slavery was prohibited, was a popular destination, as its long border gave many points of access. Most former slaves settled in Ontario. More than 30,000 people were said to have escaped there via the network during its 20-year peak period,[6] although U.S. Censusfigures account for only 6,000.[7] Numerous fugitives' stories are documented in the 1872 book The Underground Railroad Records by William Still, an abolitionist who then headed the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee.


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Dexterous 4 years 11 weeks ago

Google "we're there Canadian slave owners" Then apologize and go away.

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