Sir Richard Branson posted his “Thoughts on America” in a blog post on Friday, claiming that the “mob violence” last week in Washington left him “in greater desperation than ever”.
The founder of the Virgin criticized those who embrace “the great lie of a” stolen election “and spread misinformation and conspiracy theories surrounded by an idea of” patriotism “which rejects pretty much anything that makes societies and nations really great, like Tolerance, diversity, compassion or solidarity. “
Branson, who lost his mother to Covid-19 last Friday, writes that he sees the violence and “pouring out of hatred” as a result of “a large part of the American electorate”. . . The fear of a rapidly changing world and the dismantling of privileges and generations of power white people are knowingly or not self-evident. “
He adds, “The complexity of a modern, globalized world is daunting and overwhelming. . . Instead of making America work for everyone, the goal seems to be to burn it to the ground. “
Truth and reconciliation?
Branson, who lives in the British Virgin Islands and is closer to the swell of US politics than the UK, suggests an approach from history, namely the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which helps ordinary people understand the evils of apartheid – Reconciling the age of South Africa in the years following President Nelson Mandela’s long journey to freedom.
“President Mandela and my dear friend Archbishop Tutu knew that the only way to unite their broken and divided nation and prevent a perpetual cycle of violence and armed conflict was to begin a national conversation – an honest and truthful one Talking about the past in a spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness, ”he writes, adding,“ Perhaps that’s what America needs now: open, honest conversation in local communities. A collective effort to grapple with the past and find common ground to see, as Bobby Kennedy said, “What binds us is greater than what divides us.”
He reconciles the 74 million people in a forgiving way [who] voted for Trump “and wrote:” They cannot be written off. You must be committed if America and Americans are ever to understand and overcome the roots of their division. “
Branson, the Forbes The estimated value of 4.9 billion US dollars ends positively for the future: “America’s best days may be ahead of us. . . I hope that Joe Biden will be President for Blue and Red, ready to build bridges, and keep these states united. “