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In the United States, women, children, individuals of color, those who live in low income economic classes and those who are differently-abled KNOW that their truth-telling stories,  no matter their personal integrity and their capacity/pattern of eloquently telling the truth of their life experiences, are invalidated. Their credibility is not upheld, and is, in fact, they are shamed, silenced, judged, taunted and shredded. Actually, the truth-tellers, whose stories counter the dominant culture, are the definition and testament of COURAGE, moral courage, who SEE a universe of greater humanity.

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As Brene Brown said in her viral TED Talk: “Empathy’s the antidote to shame. If you put shame in a Petri dish, it needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence and judgment. If you put the same amount in a Petri dish and douse it with empathy, it can’t survive. The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle: me too.”

 

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NOTE: The Republicans on the Judicial Committee have now POSITIONED Brett Kavanaugh as a partisan prop for their specific political agenda. Brett Kavanaugh has ALLOWED himself to be made into a partisan prop by them – taking away any redemption of possible humility within his character. Brett Kavanaugh has agreed to eliminate his capacity to respond as a human. Imagine what would have occurred IF he spoke of his drunken teenage years at an elite all boys prep school. I do know heavy alcohol drinkers have selective memories and are champions of denial,  lash out and blame those who call them out on their behavior and their justifying explanations are obfuscation coupled with empty and repetition of excuses. No healing enters , but, rather a continuum of wounding ensues. Trapped. Tribalism based on distrust of the “other”. Thick institutionalism.
https://www.salon.com/2018/09/26/wtf-is-wrong-with-kavanaugh-even-conservative-bro-culture-might-not-save-him-now/

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Imagine what would occur IF an individual asking for sincere forgiveness from those they have injured, owning up/being accountable to causing injury by their words and/or actions and making actual amends WAS the definition of VALIANT courage and the PINNACLE of character. IMAGINE the sincere and the joyous energy of FREEDOM ringing through hearts and our humanity and our world IF this was the practice! Gas-lighting as a manipulation to undermine the victim of the abuse and the wide/deep collateral damage of cycles of abuse would cease! NEW worlds would EMERGE! Relationships, true authentic relationships, are slowly built, face to face, the sacred DANCE of evolving/dialectical TRUST – with empathy and reverence. Lives are relational! This ethos and intimate practice would be/is a revolution of overturning tribalism and would be/is a redemption/transcendent fusion story of SEEING the other. A re-negotiation of power that honors the fire and width of humanity and extinguishes the lashing, cruel and hostile burn of divisive tribalism. This would be/ IS sweeping radiant JOY!
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“Let us realize

the arc

of the moral universe

is long

but it bends

toward justice.”

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

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Truths told by marginalized demographics simply do not resonate with the values of the dominant culture and are dismissed. The truths told do not serve the values of the dominant culture. Praise those who summon the courage to step up and tell the truth of their personal experiences which, in turn, inspires others that their own life experiences are testaments of life – valuable and worthy.

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The Kavanaugh SCOTUS hearings is THE truth-telling of our current society.

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Democracy is improvisational blueprint — moving forward with NEW perspectives. A vital ongoing process of rising and constantly adapting, improvising, overcoming > an innovative experiment of inventing and creation! We know the process of suppression of truth telling of specific demographics is the graph, the litmus test, of where our society is.

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The US president and the current Republican representatives on the Judicial Committee is echoed in Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film.

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The clip below of Carl Dreyer’s film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc”  is, tragically, heart-stopping  and relevant to our contemporaneous lives. This film is genius – SILENT – no voices and no subtitles. The visuals of Dreyer’s cinematography, film editing, casting and direction are intentional and silently NAMES the dominant culture at that time and the power hierarchy. Of course, the irony is that HER truth-telling is silenced, prosecuted, judged and she is burned at the stake for her truth- telling.
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Passion_of_Joan_of_Arc

 

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IPROMISETOTELL                                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2015

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Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (from top left):
Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Ben Sasse, Thom Tillis, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn; (from bottom left) Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, John Kennedy, Mike Crapo and Mike Lee. (Photos: U.S. Senate)

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We have a few questions for you.

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Don’t be afraid.

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We are open to learning the truth of your experiences.

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We are open-minded and are receptive

to your truth-telling.

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We will listen (wink-wink).

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“I’m, I mean WE ARE looking

for a fair process.”

(We advised Brett to say that over and over and over
when interviewed on Fox News. Nicehypnotic effect?!)

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We listened to Anita Hill twenty-seven years ago.

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You can trust/entitle us.

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Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault

 

As new allegations surface about Brett Kavanaugh,
readers discuss the underreporting of sex crimes,
prep school culture and more.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/24/opinion/letters/kavanaugh-sexual-assault.html

Why didn’t you report? Shame, shame, shame

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2018/09/26/shame-sexual-assault-trauma-victim-blaming-kavanaugh/1381881002/

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What a rehearsed “read the teleprompter” and using your wife as a prop!
He is a good acolyte of the president – his mentor of lying and repeating mantras.

PAINFUL to watch this display of a coached “player”.

 

Playing Agent Orange’s playbook of being a victim
– this strategy  is a dog whistle
to enrage men in our society.
  A woman challenging a man is deemed as humiliating
– the woman is from OUTSIDE the privileged and elite world of power.
Women in that world are mama bears protecting their men’s ego
rather than an expectation for the man
to step up and be accountable.

DIGNITY + RESPECT

Think of the converse – our society protecting women
who counter the dominant culture’s speak/practice.

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“The staggering hypocrisy of Brett Kavanaugh”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/09/24/the-staggering-hypocrisy-of-brett-kavanaugh/?utm_term=.ed99109d038a

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IPROMISETOTELL willyoulistenbelieveme?

 

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WHO are the TRUTH-TELLERS whose told aloud stories

BEND the arc of the moral universe toward justice?

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Please acknowledge their courage, radical hope

and

sacrifices in their truth-telling.

 

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“It’s not about standing still

and

becoming safe.

If anybody wants to keep creating

they have to be about change.”

 Miles Davis

 

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 “Women have been driven mad, “gaslighted,” for centuries by the refutation of our experience and our instincts in a culture which validates only male experience. The truth of our bodies and our minds has been mystified to us. We therefore have a primary obligation to each other: not to undermine each others’ sense of reality for the sake of expediency; not to gaslight each other.

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Women have often felt insane when cleaving to the truth of our experience. Our future depends on the sanity of each of us, and we have a profound stake, beyond the personal, in the project of describing our reality as candidly and fully as we can to each other.”

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ADRIENNE RICH– ON LIES, SECRETS and SILENCE: SELECTED PROSE (1966-1978)

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