Telling the truth today is dangerous. We live in a black and white world of partial partisan truths, images and symbols. We bully, deny, demean and crucify the parts of ourselves and others that don’t conform to the party line.
“Gotcha” is our favorite game. People are paid to dig up shit and spread it virally across the land.
This week’s victim is Shirley Sherrod, a “woman of valor”, who publically admitted her biases and how she overcame them. She revealed her original difficulty in helping a white farmer until she realized the issue was not race but poverty and committed herself to helping poor farmers of every description. Her remarks were deliberately taken out of context by Fox News, sent to the NAACP, the Department of Agriculture and spread on the internet, branding her a racist. No one bothered to check the facts. She was publicly stoned by everyone, including the NAACP and the White House. She lost her job and in the public eye, her 40+ years of devotion to her cause and her hard-earned integrity.
I wept for her this morning; I identified with her. My heroes and heroines are people who examine themselves, struggle to overcome their demons and dare to tell themselves and others about them. Our country’s heroes and media darlings appear to be those who deny their inner demons and demonize others.
That’s in public. In private, we overdose on the smut of reality TV. That further reassures us that we’re better than they are and affirms our denial system.
Last week it was poor Robert Gibbs, who was on the carpet for admitting an obvious truth. It wasn’t even anything personal. Just reality. Not permissible in a partisan paradigm. Deny, deny, deny!!
I weep for the Obamas and for all of us who got our hopes up and have watched hatred and fear overcome them. We are in the grips of an addiction far more lethal than drugs or alcohol. Only the truth shall set us free. Honest to God!!!