Using the technique known as verbatim theater, FERGUSON uses live actors to read the grand jury testimony of eyewitness accounts of the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. This is crucial to the play because by using only the facts from the case, the media is exposed for lying that Brown had his hands up when he was shot by Wilson. There isn’t the slightest shred of evidence that is true. However, even after Wilson was exonerated and the lies surrounding the shooting of Brown laid bare, the “hands up, don’t shoot” trope is still widely used and more sadly, believed.
McAleer shared the shocked reaction of a woman who attended the play and emerged utterly devastated that what she protested alongside many of her Black Lives Matter allies was all based on a false narrative. McAleer posted the video to YouTube and stated, “She knows she has been lied to and if you look at the video you can see the bewilderment in her eyes.”
The woman found it hard to believe that years of passionate protests was all based on a lie. She found it “mystifying.”
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific