Come on, people! Didn’t we learn anything from Aesop and his boy that kept lying about the presence of some wolf? After “crying wolf” only three times, the villagers stopped listening. Only if we were so enlightened today. If memory serves me correctly, when the wolf did in fact show up, many of the flock were killed. And I also remember one version of the fable that included the lying boy getting his “just deserts”, if you will. Moral delivered nicely – liars will not be rewarded.
If Aesop were alive today, however, his fable would take on a completely different look. The wolf would morph into a symbol for racism, which makes for the perfect villain, as it is almost impossible to disprove. The onus would fall on the villagers, who would be too busy arguing with each other to agree on anything, or for that matter, take any action. And without a counterweight to the racism claims from the boy, he would grow into a man, landing a job as a politician, an activist, or even a cable TV pundit.
As members of the village, we all must band together and learn from the original fable? For as long as we let these claims go unchecked, without holding the “boys” to account, we are harming the very flock we are trying to protect. Time to wake up and give the “good ole boys” their just deserts.