Protesters in Charlotte seem to be ignoring – or even trying to change – an important fact about the Tuesday night police shooting.
Protesters blocked a freeway, hijacked a truck and set fire to its contents, demolished police cars, and left 16 officers injured after police shot and killed an African-American suspect named Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday.
This time, however, the police officer – Brently Vinson – was also black. That fact was so inconvenient to the protesters listening to a press conference that they just changed it:
Voice in the crowd: "A black man got on TV because they switched it. It was a white man."
Speaker at podium: "Everybody say 'Switch it back.' Everybody say 'Switch it back.'"
The violent protests carried over into Wednesday night in downtown Charlotte, prompting at least three major businesses – Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Duke Energy – to instruct their employees to stay home today; and causing the governor to declare a state of emergency Wednesday night and call in the National Guard.
It's apparent that the narrative of race is important to the protesters – because without it they have a hard time justifying the violence they were advocating, as evidenced by this statement:
Protester: "We're not telling our brothers and sisters to stop. We're not going to get out there and tell y'all, 'Brother, you shouldn't do that, you shouldn't do this' when we ain't getting no justice. So everybody in Charlotte should be on notice that black people today: we tired of this bull."
So based on a lie, protesters trashed and looted a city, cause thousands of dollars of damage to their own neighborhoods, and injured 16 police officers.
Gary Bauer of American Values says in a world that has no room for objective truth, people choose the narrative that aligns with their preconceptions.
"It is striking how many people, because they see something online, assume that it's true – particularly if it reinforces a bias that they already have," he tells OneNewsNow.
The New Testament Book of James (James 3:6) says the tongue is a "fire" and sets the whole course of one's life on fire – and in Charlotte, it turns out, quite literally.