Director of ‘What Killed Michael Brown?’ documentary responds to Amazon’s refusal to stream film

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Few things expose the hypocrisy of the left’s racial grievance maneuverings more than the circumstances surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

To this day, protesters chant, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” a phrase that came to symbolize the incident that led to the Black Lives Matter movement exploding onto the national scene, never mind that an Eric Holder-led Justice Department found that was a lie.


Hoover Institution senior fellow Shelby Steele has a timely documentary out on the incident that rejects the black victim mentality and not so surprisingly, Amazon has declined to stream it.

In an appearance on “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” Steele said the tech giant is invested in the “political correctness of seeing blacks as victims.”


Steele was informed by Amazon via email that the documentary, titled “What Killed Michael Brown?,” failed to meet its “content quality expectations” and would not be eligible to appear on the service, Fox News reported.

Amazon added: “We will not be accepting resubmission of this title and this decision may not be appealed.”

Amazon is essentially saying “you dare to look at blacks in America as human beings rather than as victims and we are invested as this huge massive corporation in the political correctness of seeing blacks as victims,” Steele explained to host Martha MacCallum.

He added that no matter what, Amazon is going to “make sure [blacks] continue to be seen as victims who are owed things.”

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“I like to say Amazon, this is a classic example of white guilt coming out,” Steele said, adding with a laugh, “And I now can claim to be a victim of white guilt.”

The film explained that liberalism “dismisses individual responsibility as an agent of black uplift, problems are always the fault of a systemic enemy, like racism.”

It also dares to ask the politically incorrect question, “Is Michael Brown in any way responsible for his own death?”

“All of these incidents – Freddie Grey, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown – the fascination with them is … the idea of Blacks being victimized by Whites. That is our avenue as a minority,” Steele said. “That’s our avenue to entitlement, to power.”

“Our power in American life as Blacks is our victimization,” he added. “We haven’t invented the computer. We didn’t do any number of other things. We are, though, victims of American evil. And that gives us a moral authority that constitutes raw power.”

Power that is used to shakedown institutions like Amazon, who are eager to be seen as innocent of racism, Steele noted.

“It’s a symbiotic sort of problem, then, that all of America has to deal with,” he said.

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