Thank you, Washington Post
Now somebody tell Black Lives Matter, all of the copycat activist groups, and all the progressive, pandering politicians, like Bernie Sanders, currently giving deference and respect to such groups that still tacitly use Dorian Johnson’s Big Lie in their literature and demonstrations. Somebody tell the Democratic National Committee, which endorses Black Lives Matters, shameless race-baiters that they are. Is the antecedent ambiguous? Never mind: race-baiters applies to both.
Most of all, somebody tell America’s African Americans, most of whom have been conditioned to believe the lie, and thus to believe that young Mike Brown was executed on the streets of Ferguson because he was black. They have been thus taught so they distrust whites, law enforcement and their nation, and so they will vote Democratic.
Here was the original debunking of the lie, in March. I’ve been tracking the lie since before then: it was evoked in Farrakhan’s march on Washington and in August’s Ferguson demonstration. In both cases, the news media soft-peddled the implicit endorsement of a vile falsehood for its value in spreading distrust, fear and hate.
I don’t understand Kessler’s other choices in many cases. He seems to be obsessed with Donald Trump (Join the club!), while ignoring the obvious primacy of Hillary Clinton in the lies competition. She says she gets Wall Street money because she helped New York City after 9-11. She issues lie after lie in denial of wrongdoing regarding her duplicitous e-mails system. Isn’t it obvious that her e-mail cover-up is more consequential than Donald Trump’s fantasies about seeing throngs of Muslims cheer the 9-11 carnage on live TV? Kessler does include one of Hillary’s whoppers: the claim that Bill signed DOMA to stop a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage, not because he opposed gay marriages himself. Bill didn’t even back her up on that one.
None of the other lies, however, come within miles of “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” for dishonesty and damage. This one got people killed. I think it’s still getting people killed, because it caused the main crack in the relationship between black communities and law enforcement. The lie has killed citizens not protected by proactive policing, because police fear confrontations with black perps that might end with a dead perp and Al Sharpton demanding a murder trial. The lie has killed police executed by black Americans who now believe that they have to kill cops before the cops kill them.
“Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” is the Lie of the Year, maybe the Lie of the Century so far, at least until a Hillary Clinton presidency. Any news organization that doesn’t choose it for the honor is quivering in fear of retribution from Black Lives Matter, which sprung from Hands Up! like Athena sprung from the forehead of Zeus.
Congratulations to Kessler, and the Post, for their courage and integrity.