It is no surprise to see that the School of Denial has been called back in session. Its capstone classes on blame-shifting, scapegoating, and willful blindness are being taught, and with great passion. Its only textbook is divided into three sections: “This isn’t who we are,” “We are not responsible for it, they are,” and “White supremacy and Christian nationalism have nothing to do with it.”
But history is an itinerant professor. She doesn’t shout. She doesn’t have to. Her textbook is filled with generations of stories written in long-form with innumerable citations. Many have tried to coerce her to teach for the School of Denial. Some have tried to sanitize and re-dress her. But she won’t be coerced, sanitized, or re-dressed. She clings tightly to her text and carries on professing her truth. She will tell her stories. She will be heard.
She reminds us that we can change, but it will not happen if we listen to those who teach for the School of Denial.
May Christ the King be our light. May the gospel of God’s Kingdom open our eyes and ears. May the Spirit of Truth liberate us.
“As Jesus came to the city and observed it, he wept over it. 42 He said, “If only you knew on this of all days the things that lead to peace. But now they are hidden from your eyes.” ~ Jesus, Luke 19:41-42