Almost immediately after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson, supposed witnesses came forward and reported that Brown was shot while trying to surrender with his hands up. These reports created the narrative of “hands up, don’t shoot” that became the rallying cry for protesters of the Brown shooting. This rallying cry was reported and repeated by news outlets throughout the country, civil rights leaders, and even politicians on the floor of Congress. The problem is that the reports were built on a lie; the “hands up don’t shoot” never occurred.
The “hands up don’t shoot” claim was found false in the recently released Justice Department report that concluded “Brown never surrendered with his hands up, and Wilson was justified in shooting Brown.” It also concluded that the witnesses that reported “hands up, don’t shoot” were not reliable.
While many in the United States rush to judgment based on this narrative, even with the Justice Department’s unequivocal conclusion on the falseness of the claim, few in the news media or the politicians that promoted it apologized for their error or to Officer Darren Wilson who was discredited and lost his job.
There have been a few exceptions to the silence for those that erred concerning Ferguson. Liberal Washington Post columnist, Jonathan Capehart, to his credit admitted last week that the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative he too promoted was “built on a lie”.
While Mr. Capehart showed honor, others are unapologetic. For instance, last Thursday on CNN Tonight hosted by Don Lemon, a debate was held on the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative. While some on the panel admitted the claim false, others doubled down on the false story with Monifa Bandele stating:
“‘Hands up’ is the ultimate truth, and the reason why hands up has gone viral across the country is because it’s a posture known to black people, whether they are in the halls of congress, whether they are in the NFL, or whether they live in the most marginalized communities — or whether they’re on the campuses of Yale University. It’s a posture known to them.”
Ms. Bandele’s and others who prove to be unwilling to admit their grievous error in the Brown tragedy exemplify what is so wrong with America today. Partisan positions and personal agendas trump absolute truths. While this currently serves the “needs” of the radical Left since their narrative has significant control over societal directions, there will be a time when the pendulum shifts and their tactic of dishonesty will be used to promote a very different agenda. Only then will the cry foul.
Often those who promote a position that differs with the Leftist agendas, such as the theory of man-made global warming, are attacked as flat earther’s or some other derogatory stab at their intellect. If ignorance was the reason behind the Left’s false narrative on the Ferguson shooting it would be a disappointment. Unfortunately there is something more sinister behind their use of the Ferguson tragedy to further their own personal agendas.