The Difference Between a Lie and the Truth

by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

Two recent, major incidents carry a lesson that society would do well to learn. Those incidents involve white police officers shooting and killing unarmed black men.

In the first incident, Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. In the second, Officer Michael Slager shot and killed Walter Scott. In both cases, the officers were accused of shooting an unarmed man in the back. In the first case, this was shown to be a lie. In the second case, it has been proven to be the truth.

In each case, the decision to prosecute the officer (or not) was based not on racism, but on facts. The facts, however, do not matter to a large number of people. The accused, under the law, is automatically presumed to be innocent, but in many minds, neither the law nor the facts are important. Emotion rules.

At the University of Virginia, a false report by the magazine, Rolling Stone, was widely believed to confirm that a “rape culture” exists among fraternity members on campus. The report was not merely false, it was at the least grossly negligent and irresponsible and, at the worst, deliberate slander and provocation.

At the University of Oklahoma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members were videotaped singing a racist chant, which went something like, “There will never be a n—— at SAE. You can hang ‘em from a tree, but it will never start with me.”

In both cases, there were reported incidents of sexism or racism. The first was false, the second is true, but to many people, the truth or falsehood of the matter is irrelevant.

While watching a television show in which actual criminals are videotaped while being arrested, I was amazed at how unimpressed the miscreants were when police guns were drawn and aimed at them. Told not to move, they moved. Told not to reach for anything, they reached. Told to exit the vehicle, they remained in the vehicle, sometimes even casually conversing on the cell phone. Apparently, the most experienced outlaws are well aware that the police do not shoot while any other choice remains.

It is the political activists, the ones making money, who level those accusations.