It really interested me how the term ‘victim’ was applied to both white perpetrators of human rights abuses and the white population that benefited from Apartheid. Labelling both those as victims seems to really challenge the notion of forgiveness.

The perpetrators of abuse are more immediately problematic and the white beneficiaries are easier to forgive. However, the fact that some are more forgivable than others is not an easy way out: it is unforgiveable acts that demand our forgiveness. After all, forgivable acts, by definition, do not really challenge us to forgive. 'Forgiveness' as a word here seems to be tied in quite closely with the use of the word 'victim'. In short, how do you forgive a victim?