Veiling truth to those in power protects the bully. Reports of abuse are disbelieved or ignored; dismissed or minimized as exaggeration; deemed a product of bellyachers and whiners. In addition to hiding his true self the bully will often tell superiors what they want to hear. The workplace bully promotes an image of loyalty, dedication and hard work to superiors and may even feign common ideals and goals. This impression management often works.
When bullying ends in tragedy it is often revealed that those who could and should have done something about it knew about it and did nothing. This failure to act may be the result of blinkered apathy, willful ignorance and even malicious complicity. This is especially true when the political and ideological views of the bully align closely with those in charge and the victim of bullying is remotely aligned. Moral superiority, bigotry, racism, and other biases all too often factor into the equation.
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