Overcoming prejudice to understand the seriousness of January 6
1. A woman marries a man for money. Impatient that her good health will delay her expected inheritance, she falsely complains to a friend about her husband’s mental and physical abuse. Based on her lies, the friend kills her husband thinking he is saving her. Eventually the scheme is discovered and they both go to jail.
2. A woman had been invited to meet the principal of her son’s school. The boy was caught on surveillance camera stealing items from a locker. Despite the video and supporting evidence, the mum insists her son ‘could never do that’. After considerable time and effort, she is finally forced to face the truth.
The first lesson is that a person who, through lies and persuasion, manipulates others into committing crimes is also guilty of crimes. The second is that we humans all suffer from something called confirmation bias. When we have a firmly held belief, we are naturally and powerfully inclined to deny any evidence that contradicts those beliefs.
As the January 6 hearings continue, it has become clear that our former president and many of his key supporters planned and orchestrated crimes against America. And, as difficult as it may be for his supporters, the evidence of these crimes is stark and overwhelming: witnesses, emails, audio, video and documentation.
It’s time to acknowledge and overcome our biases and fairly consider the evidence. And demand justice. Blind faith has no vision.