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Rep. Jacobs: ‘Truth Commissions’ Needed to Create ‘a Common Narrative’

By Craig Bannister | February 16, 2021 | 9:42am EST
Rep. Sara Jacobs

America needs “truth commissions” to impose “the reckoning with the racial injustice and white supremacy of our past,” Rep Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) says.

“We can come up with a common narrative” regarding America by employing truth commissions like those used in South Africa, Rep. Jacobs said Sunday in an interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources”:

"We haven’t really done the reckoning with the racial injustice and white supremacy of our past that we need to do. And, so a truth commission, a lot of people will think of South Africa. We have used them in countries around the world.

“And, basically what it is, is it’s communities all the way up to the national level having conversations about both the gory and the glory of our history and what happened – both throughout the history of our country and leading up to, and on, January 6th. – so, that we can come to a common narrative, moving forward, of what we want our country to be.”

Truth commissions “are going to be the real fixes” for the nation’s faults – but, they’re just the beginning, Rep. Jacobs said:

“I think that there are a lot of us who know that this impeachment trial was just the start of holding Donald Trump accountable. But, that we need to make sure that we’re doing accountability of anyone who incited, encouraged or committed acts of violence.

“And, then, really looking forward at kind of things like truth commissions, like democracy, like institution-building that we know are going to be the real fixes to what we’ve seen in this country.”

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