Two Black Republicans Slam ‘Hands Up’ Gesture on House Floor
Tuesday, 02 Dec 2014 08:07 PM
Appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” former Florida U.S. Rep. Allen West called the action “clearly inappropriate” and asked, “Why are members of the black caucus promoting a false narrative?”
West noted that the forensic evidence released by the St. Louis County District Attorney’s Office showed that white police officer Darren Wilson did not shoot Brown, 18, while he was surrendering and that many witnesses testified that Brown did not have his hands up.
The Rev. Michel Faulkner, who was the 2010 GOP nominee for New York’s 15th Congressional District, had a different reason for opposing the move. Faulkner told Van Susteren that gestures alone do little to heal the nation’s racial divide.
“The protests will not bring us together,” he said, instead urging a national dialogue about race.
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