Sometimes forgiveness comes easiest to the youngest of us.
I first began to gain a kind of respect for the revenge impulse in human life when we worked, in the early days of this program, on a show about the death penalty. I came to understand that revenge was the original “criminal justice system.” For most of human history, prior to the rule of law, prior to structures of justice that transcend the messiness of human interaction, the threat of retaliation has been a primary tool humans possessed to pursue justice and also to deter cycles of violence.
We originally produced “Getting Revenge and Forgiveness” in the bitter midst of the 2008 election season.
Our intern draws upon music suggestions as she reflects on global reaction to U.S. politics.
The story of a woman whose son was murdered, and her struggle to end the cycle of violence in north Minneapolis.