Thursday, April 07, 2005

Various voices

Warm thanks to all who are participating in this blog dialogue, especially those who are raising serious questions and offering answers. We will weave all that we’re hearing into our report, which is mandated to affirm the spirit of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s motto: “Without Truth, no Healing; without Forgiveness, no Future.”

We don’t believe Greensboro’s image is ruined forever. Through this process of restorative justice, participants are creating a new image that paints Greensboro as the city leading this nation away from the cycle of anger, blame and violence that threatens to engulf the world.

A key to making this work is including as many voices as possible to give statements, from the whole spectrum of different perspectives. Among others, we need to hear from marchers, from nearby residents, faraway residents, journalists, law enforcement officers, and Klan and Nazi members.

Perspectives from all are essential to this process, and we are currently seeking statements specifically from the Klan and Nazi perspective. All current and former members are encouraged to make statements, as are any others who can help us understand their perspective. Also, what other ideas are out there to help us with this outreach?


Blogger Jim Capo said...

It occurs to me that the voices of Greensboro's Hispanic community are not being particularly sought after in this process. Am I off base?

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Who is writing these posts?

9:56 AM  
Anonymous emily harwell said...

Hi Jim

You raise an excellent point. Latinos have not yet been a major focus of our outreach, but we intend for them to be in the future. I think they would have a lot of knowledge to offer about labor and race both in the 70s and today. Anyone with any advice as to how to reach out to these communities, we would love to hear from you. You can post back here or email me directly at or call me at the GTRC office (336) 275 6462.

Thanks for your input! Anyone else have suggestions for communities we should be reaching out to in our research?

--Emily Harwell (research director)

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just curious - unless those Latino persons were in the community at the time of the shootings, what "truth" would they be expected to contribute to this exercise?

9:15 PM  
Anonymous emily harwell said...

Hi Anonymous,

Cesar Cauce, one of the five killed on Nov 3, was latino. There was a latino population here at the time, but we are interested to learn how big it was, and where they worked and lived.

However, in addition to those who were here in 1979, more recently arrived latinos --like every other citizen here in GSO-- may have something to share in a statement. For example, there are many people who believe that Nov 3, or the context in which Nov 3 happened, affected the racial and labor climate in ways that are still being felt by GSO's rapidly growing latino population, as well as by whites, blacks, and asians who live and work here. Its too early to say whether or not that assertion will be borne out by our research--but it is a n interesting topic on which we'd like to get statements.

We hope you'll consider what you might share in a statement.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there are any Hispanic people out there who are in need of an English tutor or helper, I would be glad to help. You can send me an e-mail at It would be my pleasure to help anyone. My Spanish is not perfect, but it is advanced.

Si usted necesita ayuda con el inglés, no dude en contactarme. Puede mandarme un correo electrónico a Sería mi placer ayudarle. Mi español no es perfecto, pero es avanzado.

6:46 PM  

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