TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2019
People in our tribe don't: Michael Brown was shot and killed on August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
Four days ago, Candidate Harris posted this tweet:
“Michael Brown’s murder forever changed Ferguson and America. His tragic death sparked a desperately needed conversation and a nationwide movement. We must fight for stronger accountability and racial equity in our justice system.”
Harris remembered Brown's murder. Not long after, so did Candidate Warren:
“5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.”
Here's the problem. The official Justice Department investigation found that Brown wasn't "murdered." Rightly or wrongly, the official report said that Officer Darren Wilson was justified in every shot he fired that day, due to Brown's threatening conduct.
That probe was conducted by the Justice Department of Barack Obama. The finding was explicitly endorsed by Attorney General Eric Holder.
Our liberal tribe was rarely told about the DOJ's findings. Presumably, though, Harris and Warren are familiar with the basic facts as the DOJ described them.
They proceeded with their tweets anyway, thereby endorsing tribal order and "Trumping" the tribal base. Or maybe they really don't know!
At the Washington Post Fact-Checker site, the candidates have been awarded four Pinocchios each. The Post's report is rich in detail about what happened in Ferguson that day.
We heard about this last night on Fox. Fox viewers are told about things like this, but "gaffes" of this type are withheld from us. We'll have more on matters like this a bit later on in the week.
Our question: Are we really the rational animal? Or are we perhaps more heavily tribal, wired to run on group fictions?