A conversation I had yesterday with City Councilman Tom Phillips regarding a neighborhood matter turned intriguing when he said, “You know, I’ve been thinking about this Truth & Reconciliation issue.”
I wasn’t able to whip out a notepad during our conversation, so my recollection of the exact wording may be a bit off.Ã‚Â If it is, I’m sure Tom will not be shy about correcting me.Ã‚Â He said…
“It occurs to me that we may not be going back far enough in this whole process of finding the root causes of what happened that day.”
“The reason the CWP was able to establish itself was because they were trying to improve working conditions and pay at local mills.Ã‚Â A lot of people were gettingÃ‚Â very rich off the labor of the poor and there wereÃ‚Â those who saw that as a realÃ‚Â injustice.Ã‚Â If those mills had been treating their employees right, then the CWP wouldn’t have formed.Ã‚Â Without the CWP,Ã‚Â it is very likely that confrontation would never haveÃ‚Â happened.Ã‚Â So if apologies are due, maybe the first ones should come from the mill owners and their descendents.Ã‚Â If reparations are due, surely there are some trust funds aroundÃ‚Â that could be tapped for that purpose.”
I can always count on Tom to provide me with a fresh perspective on things.