Two blog posts last week and a comment on Facebook made by a friend and former President and Dean of my seminary have me wrestling with the relationship between justice and reconciliation.
One way to articulate this is how does the search for justice seek liberation for the oppressed and keep in view the incorporation of the oppressor in the new just scenario? Or.,, how is the humanity of both oppressor and oppressed kept in view in away that doesn't perpetuate in some way the power of the oppressor?
Thetwo blog posts mentioned above sought to see the good and bad in the oppressor and elicited accusations of downplaying the evil or of perpetuating the dynamic of power and privilege.
I could see the concerns of the critics but my professor's comments articulated a suspicion of the criticism I was unable to voice: that for the critics the preferential option forvthe oppressed saw the oppressed and poor as more human than the oppressor. Or, the criticism came close to saying that considering the humanity of an oppressor threatened the preferential option for the poor and oppressed.