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‘What Killed Michael Brown?’ director Shelby Steele responds to Amazon rejection

Brittany Jordan

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Amazon has declined to stream Hoover Institution senior fellow Shelby Steele’s timely documentary, “What Killed Michael Brown?,” which Steele claimed on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” is due to his rejection of a Black victim mentality.

“They’re saying, ‘You dare to look at Blacks in America as human beings rather than as victims’” Steele told host Martha MacCallum. “’And we are invested as this huge, massive corporation in the political correctness of seeing Blacks as victims.'”

An sent from Amazon to Steele claimed that the documentary’s title didn’t meet Prime Video’s “content quality expectations” and said a resubmission would not be accepted.

Steele said his stance is “intolerable” to large organizations like Amazon, who will continue pushing their view of Black Americans as “victims who are owed things.”

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“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.”

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Steele explained Black Americans will do “anything” to protect that power, including using it as a weapon to “shake down” corporate institutions.

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

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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