Like, you know how a worm’s insides work. You know how the police unjustly murder black people and then the media spins the truth to justify it.
But it’s really dramatic to actually cut the worm open and see how it works up close. It’s really dramatic to actually have been there when the murder took place and still get to see how the media/police are spinning it.
There’s the truth, and then there’s what the media/police are saying, and what’s weird is that it even made me doubt myself at first. “Well, if the police said he was reaching for a gun, maybe he had a gun,” when I know damn well that dude ain’t have no gun! I was there! It’s so weird the way that works.
It’s like that episode of the Boondocks where the white dude keeps screaming that the PoC convenience store owner has a gun. This cop is like “I don’t see the gun,” and Huey is like, “THAT’S BECAUSE HE DOESN’T HAVE A GUN!” But the white guy keeps yelling over and over again that the convenience store owner has a gun. And finally the cop is like “…I think I see the gun.” And Huey is just like “THERE IS NO GUN.”
I feel like that right now. There is no gun. I know there was no gun. I know Michael Laney was handcuffed. I was there. I heard this shit directly from Laney’s family who watched this go down in their front yard. But the media will keep screaming that he had a gun (or in this case, slyly trying to imply he had a gun without saying it even though they know he didn’t) and everyone will believe them.
And they won’t get comments going “There must be another side to this”, ever.