You have likely heard the phrase “Hands up. Don’t shoot!” numerous times over the last several months. On August 9th, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, shortly after strong-arm robbing a convenience store, 18 year-old Michael Brown got into an altercation with officer Darren Wilson, during which time he was fired upon. The shots fired resulted in Brown’s death, and set off a national firestorm of speculation as to whether or not the shooting was racially motivated. All the usual suspects chimed in, making unfounded and reckless accusations. Al Sharpton, et all, were outraged—becausee faux outrage is an essential part of a balanced liberal diet—and Darren Wilson’s fate was sealed. “Hands up. Don’t shoot!” became the go-to slogan for every thug, and moron who wanted an excuse to burn down the local Walgreens without repercussions. Because racism and stuff!
The only problem is that the impetuously crafted narrative of the “gentle giant” being gunned down by the evil Anglo cop began to deflate like a bad soufflé. During the grand jury proceedings, evidence was leaked that not only pointed to Darren Wilson acting appropriately, given the circumstances in which he found himself, but indicated that Michael Brown, hastily dubbed a “gentle giant” by the media, was indeed the aggressor. Forensic evidence showed that Michael Brown likely did not have his hands up in surrender as the slogan implies.
According to the CS Monitor:
“…an autopsy performed by the county, showed that the sixth gunshot that struck Brown took a trajectory that did not suggest Brown had his hands in the air in a surrender position. The shot entered the forearm from the back and traveled into the inner arm from there, ‘inconsistent with Brown having his arms in the air, palms facing outward, in an attempt to surrender,’ reported the National Review.“
Additionally, during an exchange with Kimberly Guilfoyle of Fox News, Dr. Michael Baden–an independent pathologist hired by the Brown family to perform a second autopsy–indicated that forensic evidence suggested that Brown was in close range when a bullet grazed his hand, which points to Brown being the aggressor during the altercation:
BADEN: The decedent, yes. And his blood was found by the FBI in the car. So, that, I think, is agreed upon. There is some gunshot residue in the hand, only seen under the microscope. It wasn’t seen the first autopsy on the skin surface but under the skin.
GUILFOYLE: Again, on Michael Brown. So that’s GSR, gunshot residue, which would suggest that he was in close proximity with the weapon, right, of the officer?
BADEN: Right, yes. So, and that gunshot wound of the car would fit that description.
GUILFOYLE: Would be consistent with that.
In the end, the grand jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson. Riots ensued, vandals looted, and businesses were destroyed, and some were even burned to the ground. Given the evidence, the only reasonable conclusion was that Officer Wilson acted appropriately. But this was not what the race hustlers wanted to hear. So, “Hands up. Don’t shoot!” has become a symbolic phrase, accompanied by the oh so dramatic, and stoic gesture of holding one’s hands up in “surrender.” This symbolic gesture is supposed to indict the alleged widespread racial bias among police officers, and within the legal system at large. But it’s based on a false premise.
According to USA Today:
“The scene on the steps of the U.S. Capitol was like many across the country: People of color raised their hands in the now familiar ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ gesture to protest the death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Only this protest in Washington involved congressional aides who briefly walked off their jobs Thursday — angered by the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York, and the decision by grand juries in both communities not to indict the police involved.”
According to Joel B. Pollak of Breirbart, during a speech by Peter Theil at UC Berkeley, activists barged in to the lecture hall in protest of the exonerations of Darren Wilson, and Daniel Pantaleo:
“The activists who broke into Wheeler Hall were protesting the non-indictment of police officers in the deaths of black suspects Michael Brown and Eric Garner in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY for the fifth straight evening.”
As I noted in my piece yesterday, the notion of a widespread racial bias in the legal system is based on the fact that there are a disproportionate number of blacks who are arrested, and in prison. However, the reason there are more blacks in prison is not because of a racial bias, but because blacks commit a disproportionate amount of crime in contrast to their population percentage. One statistic sums it up perfectly: in 2005, approximately 49% of all murder victims in the United States were black, but 93% of those murders were committed by other blacks. Black on black crime, stirred by a celebrated thug culture, and a high percentage of broken homes has lead to a surge in black arrests, and imprisonments. That’s not to say there isn’t any bias in the legal system, because there surely is, but the sheer volume of black crime cannot be dismissed with the magic wand of racism.
These activists—some of whom are professionals on Capitol Hill (not to mention the members of the House who held their hands up in obnoxious solidarity)—are protesting based on an entirely false premise. This kind of behavior is not only asinine and stupid, but dangerous. Despite all the evidence that ultimately lead to Darren Wilson’s exoneration, these protestors are alleging that Michael Brown was wrongfully killed. This behavior by professionals, and people in positions of power, will make an impression. Their “Hands up. Don’t shoot!” posturing will cause many Americans to believe something that simply isn’t true, which could have severe repercussions.
If people believe that the Brown shooting is indicative of a widespread racial bias in the legal system, they could be more likely to distrust the police. A distrust of good men, and women in the police force could easily lead to violent acts being perpetrated upon these officers. Violence against police officers could be seen as a revolutionary act, one which is necessary in order to push back against a supposedly corrupt system. Good men, and women could be injured or killed because of “Hands up. Don’t shoot!” The stoking of racial animosity could very well lead to police officers being killed as acts of vengeance.
Additionally, this posturing undermines actual racial crimes, and prejudices. If we are focusing on the false notion that the police, and the legal system are radically biased against blacks, what are we missing? What real crimes are going unnoticed? What real injustices are being overlooked in favor of this BS?
The hive-mind behavior behind the “Hands up. Don’t shoot!” revolution is not only dangerous, but distracting. It contributes to an already deeply entrenched animosity on the part on minorities toward the police, and will only make the problem worse. But that’s all part of the agenda, isn’t it? And agenda trumps human life.