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Oct 15 2020

Amazon Cancels Shelby Steele, Suppresses Michael Brown Truth

As the recent Biden bombshell makes obvious, Big Tech has gone full Soviet Union to choke off information that undermines Democrat power or the liberal narrative. The other day, Jason Riley asked, “Will Amazon suppress the true Michael Brown story?”

[A new] film, titled “What Killed Michael Brown?,” is written and narrated by the noted race scholar Shelby Steele and directed by his son, Eli Steele.

As the film documents, the politically correct narrative regarding Michael Brown turns reality on its head.

“It was almost absolute,” Mr. Steele said. “The language—he was ‘executed,’ he was ‘assassinated,’ ‘hands up, don’t shoot’—it was a stunning example of poetic truth, of the lies that a society can entertain in pursuit of power.” Despite ample forensic evidence, the grand-jury reports and the multiple Justice Department investigations clearing the police officer of any wrongdoing, “there are blacks today, right now in Ferguson, as I point out in the film, who still truly believe that Michael Brown was killed out of racial animus,” he said. “In a microcosm, that’s where race relations are today. The truth has no chance. It’s smothered by the politics of victimization.”

It was from this lie that the violent Black Lives Matter movement was born.

Steele offers constructive hope as an alternative to pernicious moonbattery.

One of the film’s strong suits is showcasing the words and deeds of everyday community leaders in places like Ferguson, St. Louis and Chicago. These people are far more focused on black self-development than on badgering whites or blaming society for problems in poor black communities.

The emphasis is on personal responsibility, which is anathema to liberals.

Jason Riley, Shelby Steele, and Eli Steele are all black. But they are the wrong kind of black. To paraphrase Joe Biden, if you don’t let leftists exploit you, you ain’t the right kind of black.

Riley raised the tragic possibility that Amazon, which was scheduled to stream the movie, would deep-six it instead.

Sure enough:

In an email, Amazon informed the Steeles that their film is “not eligible for publishing” because it “doesn’t meet Prime Video’s content quality expectations.” Amazon went on to say it “will not be accepting resubmission of this title and this decision may not be appealed.”

Those familiar with some of the crap Amazon Prime excretes as original content will be surprised to learn that it has quality standards.

On their website—whatkilledmichaelbrown.com—the Steeles offer other options for people looking to watch their documentary.

I’ll watch it for myself and see whether this has anything to do with “content quality.” Given Shelby Steele’s impressive background in documentary work (he won an Emmy for Seven Days in Bensonhurst), I will be surprised if the film isn’t excellent.

Considering how suffocatingly repressive Big Tech censorship of countermoonbattery is now, imagine what it will be like when Silicon Valley gets its girl Kamala Harris into the White House. Big Tech and Big Government will merge, re-creating the Information Age repression seen in communist China.

On a tip from Varla.

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