The public narrative is a vital piece of the liberal machine. There must be a story at all times, for every occasion, and those stories must conform to certain standards. This is a strategy on their part to keep voters afraid, and thus retain control over those voters. The earth must be warming, or else they lose votes, women must be under attack from conservatives, or else they lose votes, and blacks must be victimized by whites, or else they lose votes. By keeping people in a constant state of fear, they remain in control. The Ferguson narrative was yet another opportunity to set a story in cement before anyone knew what actually happened. The picture was muddy, which was perfect.
To the left, Ferguson was the perfect recipe: white authority figure uses gun to murder black “gentle giant,” who was unarmed, and would never hurt a fly. Right off the bat, the media coined the phrase “gentle giant” to refer to Michael Brown, even though it later became apparent that gentle giants don’t strong-arm rob convenience stores just prior to altercations with police. Once video emerged of the robbery, the narrative began to crack. But the truth has never stopped the left before, and they weren’t going to let it stop them now.
Ezra Klein of Vox just couldn’t believe officer Wilson’s account of the incident. One part of Wilson’s testimony in general just didn’t seem right to Klein. At one point during the altercation, officer Wilson alleges that Michael Brown turned to his friend, and handed him a pack of cigarillos which he had stolen from the convenience store, then went right back to attacking the officer. Klein just couldn’t believe it:
“Every bulls*** detector in me went off when I read that passage. Which doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen exactly the way Wilson describes. But it is, again, hard to imagine. Brown, an 18-year-old kid holding stolen goods, decides to attack a cop and, while attacking him, stops, hands his stolen goods to his friend, and then returns to the beatdown. It reads less like something a human would do and more like a moment meant to connect Brown to the robbery.”
Perhaps that does seem odd. Oh wait—John Sexton of Breitbart was made aware of a certain portion of testimony by Twitter user @nycsouthpaw. Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson, during his testimony before the grand jury, said the exact same thing:
“And at a point he turned, now we are face-to-face, and he put his hands like, grab these, Bro. And in shock, I’m so no unconsciously, my hands open to where he could put the rillos in my hand, but I’m still standing in the same spot…I could not speak at the time and the Cigarillos were placed in my hand. At the time, he turned back around, facing the officer now, and now he can get a good grip on the car.“
So, the story holds up. But that’s not what people like Ezra Klein want. They want their narrative to remain intact. White oppressor kills black gentle giant in cold blood. With this story, the left can continue to stoke the fear among the black community that racism is just as alive, and well as it was during the days of slavery. They can then tell them that Republicans are the “Party of Jim Crow,” and that it was they who stood up for civil rights against the Republicans (untrue, it was actually quite the opposite). This brilliantly simple story keeps the black community voting Democrat, and that is all the left really wants: votes, power, and control.
Ezra Klein published his story, and I’m certain many read it, retweeted it, and shared it on Facebook. More people likely read it through social media because their friends shared it, and now have a distorted picture of the events that took place. These people likely believe somewhere in the back of their minds, if they weren’t already on the “white oppressor kills gentle giant in cold blood” bandwagon in the first place, that officer Wilson’s story is, as Ezra Klein put it, bulls***. These people will unknowingly further the left’s sleazy narrative, and the next time something like this comes around (and it will), they will more likely fall into the trap of socially convicting an innocent man before all the evidence is considered.
Deception is a subtle thing.