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Some lawmakers are calling for truth commissions on racial violence. How do these work?

Lab Director, Kelebogile Zvobgo co-authored an article in The Washington Post on the possibility of truth commissions to address structural racism and anti-black violence in the United States.

Drawing on research on truth commissions around the world, Zvobgo and coauthor, Carla Winston of the University of Melbourne, discuss how commissions can increase understanding of the past and present, and spur concrete changes. However, they warn that commissions can be politicized and derailed, either through neglect, interference, or a lack of follow-up. Read their article to learn more.


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