Too often, fibs have taken the meat off of the ribs of history and fables have taken us away from the tables of truth. History that ignores and/or hides disturbing details is more a collection of tales than of reality. It’s important to sort thru fables and fibs of history and try to discover facts.
Talking about racism brings it to the light for healing. Silence enables it. When people have nothing to hide or protect, they’re usually not defensive about open discussion of racism.
Truth has the tendency to turn the fables on you and make you uncomfortable. Fables that make us feel proud are usually preferred and defended over facts that make us uncomfortable.
In a land of fables, facts and fiction are meshed. To untangle them without friction requires compassion, humility and honesty.If you won’t let facts dismantle fiction, your life will go the way the fables are turned.
National fables are a pride-producing mixture of facts and fibs. Because truth deflates fables, loyalty refuses to see reality. For the whole story, we may need to add statues of: abolitionists, leaders of slave rebellions, resistant and runaway slaves, and racial terror victims.
Surrendering to the risen Jesus demythologizes minds and hearts thru supernatural insights, forever changing our perspective. The “army rising up to break every chain,” may not look like some singers of the song, “Break Every Chain,” think it will.
To be trusted when you’re innocent is a privilege that shouldn’t be based on color. We all need to respect the authority of both police and public health officials. To disrespect one is as bad as disrespecting the other.
Learn more about the fibs, fables, and facts of American history. Check out my book, Off the RACE Track.