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'Hands up, don't shoot' was built on a lie

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There are some articles that are more important for who says it than for what is said.  The caption of this post is the headline of this column by WaPo columnist Jonathan Capehart. We have known the truth of that statement for some time, but it is significant that Capehart is saying it.  Here are a couple of excerpts:

But this month, the Justice Department released two must-read investigations connected to the killing of Brown that filled in blanks, corrected the record and brought sunlight to dark places by revealing ugly practices that institutionalized racism and hardship. They have also forced me to deal with two uncomfortable truths: Brown never surrendered with his hands up, and Wilson was justified in shooting Brown.
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Now that black lives matter to everyone, it is imperative that we continue marching for and giving voice to those killed in racially charged incidents at the hands of police and others. But we must never allow ourselves to march under the banner of a false narrative on behalf of someone who would otherwise offend our sense of right and wrong. And when we discover that we have, we must acknowledge it, admit our error and keep on marching. That's what I've done here.

I don't often agree with Capehart.  I don't even agree with all that he says in this article.  But I commend him for his candor.  That is certainly a step in the right direction toward an "honest conversation."

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I was happy to read this column. I would welcome a similar retraction from Ezra Klein, who is not even an opinion columnist but nevertheless wrote a story with the headline, "Officer Darren Wilson's story is unbelievable. Literally." http://www.vox.com/2014/11/25/7281165/darren-wilsons-story-side

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