February 18, 2008

Apology is meaningless

Tim Giago:  Apology of no use for Native AmericansAt this stage of the development of the Native American society, an apology is probably meaningless. I think “justice” would be more appropriate than “apology.”

Reconciliation in South Dakota ended with the death of Gov. George Mickelson in a plane crash and it also died because the governor’s replacement refused to allow the Lakota newspaper publisher who originated the idea to continue the efforts on behalf of Mickelson and of South Dakota. After all, reconciliation was a “white idea.” Oh yes, I was that Lakota newspaper publisher who came up with the idea of “Reconciliation.”

The previous government in Australia under Prime Minister John Howard refused to apologize because it did not feel responsible for the misdeeds of past administrations and also because it feared that an apology would lead to enormous compensation claims.

So that brings us back full circle: “What good is an apology going to do for the Native American people?” If our experience with “reconciliation” is any reminder, the answer to that question is “Not much.”

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Everyone wants to apologize, but they want to apologize with hooks. Which means, we'll only apologize if you don't hold it against us, which means, it is a hollow apology, and a hollow apology is worst than no apology at all.
I don't know about everyone else but I am tired of having my intelligence insulted.

A real apology contains the four R's.

Recognition - knowing when an apology is in order.

Regret - responding with empathy.

Responsibility - owning up to what's happened.

Remedy - making it right.

Don't hold your breath for the last one.


Anonymouse

russell said...

Writerfella here --
And especially bated breath for the fifth 'R': Reparations...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

Re "it is a hollow apology, and a hollow apology is worst than no apology at all": Sorry!

russell said...

Writerfella here --
Wow! Sleepy Hollow sure does make for great echoes...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'