On his way to his crucifixion, Jesus was asked by Pilate, “Are you a King?”
His reply, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Pilate then retorts, “What is truth?”
Indeed! And so we stand here, accepting the “fact” that we now live in a “post-fact” and therefore “post-truth” world where elected officials simply shrug their lies and mis-information off as part of the game of politics and therefore should not be taken at face value.
The audacity of such blatant admissions shocked the nation, or, I should say, some Americans.
This news came as no surprise to minorities, Native American and non-Christian religious communities, women, and persons living with disabilities. In other words, all who are not beneficiaries of “white male privilege.”
America has always been a land of fact suppression and truth revision throughout the historical record, up to and including, voter repression in the last election cycle.
Where we are today, on all kinds of psycho-social levels, could have been predicted long before Trump, the Tea-Party, or any of its predecessors. We are living testaments of the the latest version of the America founded of, by, and for white privilege, fueled by global economic power-brokering on the backs of those most oppressed, from 1492 to present day.
In this America, truth and facts in the high stakes, high-priced legal system, are afforded people of privilege, and are virtually absent in trials and sentencing hearings for Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and persons living with mental illnesses.
The same disparities exist regarding equity in schools, housing, hiring and wage practices, affordable health care, transportation, higher education, to name some under-reported truths and facts encountered on a daily basis.
Want another contemporary example? The Dakota Access Pipeline, and more like it, though never covered by the media. Here corporate America squares off with treaty rights which have been nothing but pieces of aging paper to every American administration.
Living in the media-dubbed “post-fact” and “post-truth” world does not negate the FACT and COLD, HARD TRUTH that facts and truth DO matter, have ALWAYS mattered. Those who pervert the facts and distort the truth must be exposed as the real “traitors” of this broken, ill-conceived, yet hopeful democracy.
I began with a quote from Pilate, representing the Roman Empire, which held vast portions of the world through slavery, persecution, military domination, intimidation and extreme taxation to support the Caesar, the rich and their military-industrial-complex. In the end, the empire was its own undoing.
But, it was Jesus, who told his followers, “If you listen to my words…you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
In the end, all we have is the truth and that in solidarity, standing up, and arming ourselves with the facts, we can form a national movement, for such a time as this, to become the “land of the free” where “justice for all” must, in truth, demonstrate “for ALL!”
The Unlikely Student