Essay on Justice For The 96 : Is It Written By The Victors?
A cliché often heard in history classes is that “history is written by the victors.” This notion that the truth behind historical events is influenced by those left to record them is one that is emphasized on events in the more distant past. Events that occurred more recently are less often given this scrutiny, and many times the first version of the truth, the “winner’s” version, becomes widely accepted. Furthermore, because this truth is distributed by people in positions of power, often through an official mainstream media channel, the story that is immediately told is trusted and accepted by the masses. Unfortunately, this lack of scrutiny can lead to the spread of incorrect information being passed off as facts. It can take years to correct public perception, and as the Hillsborough Disaster of 1989 shows us, the consequences for groups of people can be disastrous. In the case of Hillsborough, the misinformation came directly from the police, and was reiterated by authority figures in both the political and soccer worlds. This paper will examine how this “truth” came about, and how what was recorded as truth was a direct result not of the events that happened, but rather by what those in power wished to convey. Additionally, it will contrast how those in power so easily dictate what the initial truth is, with the long and tireless fight the powerless must take to uncover and spread the correct facts.
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