However, remembering the magnificent grace shown five years ago by surviving relatives of the Charleston, South Carolina, shootings who forgave the murderer, I’m wondering if something positive can result here. What if Ms. Grant would invite Mr. Smith and include others, Rev. William Barber II, leader of Repairers of the Breach, and Kim Anderson of the Southern Poverty Law Center, to exact real change such as diversity in executive positions in the Atlas Restaurant Group? And sensitivity training for each and every employee?
This can be a teachable moment for Dallas, who would see first-hand how a hideous act can result in meaningful change. He could also learn from his mother the power of forgiveness which should never be transactional but given freely.