Roland Martin: America, You Can’t Handle the Truth!

by Roland S. Martin
Host and Managing Editor of TV One’s NewsOne Now

Christie says what he thinks and is called an arrogant bully. Biden is such a straight shooter that pundits say he needs a muzzle. But America desperately needs more truth today.

Can we just go ahead and make a resolution in 2014 to stop saying that we want folks to “keep it real,” “speak truth to power,” to speak “with no filter” and give us the “no-holds barred, unvarnished truth”?

All of this is a damn lie. You know it. I know it.

Ask moviegoers their favorite movie line, odds are they might say it is Jack Nicholson as Col. Nathan Jessep in “A Few Good Men” when he shouts to Kaffee (Tom Cruise): “You can’t handle the truth!”

Think about it for a second. When is the last time someone told you, “Please, be honest with me.” And then when you go there, you are cussed out, called arrogant, mean-spirited, and nasty. Hey, I thought I was supposed to be truthful?

What is every soon-to-be-husband told? If your wife asks you, “How do I look?” just lie so she doesn’t get upset. From the get-go, we’ve accepted the bullshit code that says, “Don’t be honest with your wife.”

On the flip side, the other night my wife Jacquie and I were watching the documentary Unhung Hero starring Patrick Moote, the guy who had his marriage proposal rejected by his girlfriend during a televised UCLA basketball game. The humiliating move has been seen millions of times on YouTube. Why did she say no? His penis size was too small. She was ripped to shreds. Well, hell, she was honest! Why lie about it? She did him a favor.

Seriously, I don’t get it. I prefer you be straight honest with me and not play any games.

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