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'This Is Not Who We Are' Is a Great American Myth

Lab Director, Kelebogile Zvobgo published an article in Foreign Policy on why the United States needs transitional justice, especially following the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump loyalists attempting to subvert the results of the 2020 election.


She laid out several options for transitional justice under the incoming Biden-Harris administration, including:

  • Investigations where federal office holders are subpoenaed to testify under oath, at risk of perjury, to the truth of the 2020 election: It was free and fair. If they don't comply with subpoenas or lie, they should be prosecuted.

  • Arrests and prosecutions of insurrectionists. They need to be punished and others like them must be deterred.

  • Legal reforms, specifically curtailment of presidential pardon powers. Trump associates are banking on pardons for misdeeds carried out in his service.

  • A truth commission to more broadly address America's racist past and present. Great proposals from Representative Barbara Lee and Senator Cory Booker have already been presented in both houses of Congress.


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