Last Friday a young Australian was gunned down in Duncan, Oklahoma.
The facts are terrifyingly banal. Lane, who was in the United States on a baseball scholarship to East Central University in Ada, OK, was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, OK, and decided to go for a jog. At some point he passed a house containing three young men: James Edwards, 15, Chancey “Baby Drake” Luna, 16, and Michael Jones, 17. They were bored – bored is what they told police — and decided to kill him. With Jones at the wheel they followed Lane in a car and, police charge, Edwards shot him in the back with a .22-caliber revolver. Edwards and Luna have been charged with murder, Jones as an accessory.
The critical part of this story involves the race of the killers. At least two of the killers, Edwards and Luna, are described as black.
This event has an interesting parallel to the Trayvon Martin case. The primary killer in this case as identified by police, James Edwards, has an internet presence eerily similar to that of Martin. He created a ganster-wannabe image, brandished weapons, etc. And like Martin, all three are “children.”
There the similarity ends. When George Zimmerman was attacked by Martin he was fortunate enough to be armed. Lane was not that lucky. And when Martin was shot, President Obama nearly injured himself getting in front of television cameras to proclaim his solidarity with Martin supporters. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” he emoted. (As an aside, I think that is probably true as Obama has treated the nation exactly the way Trayvon Martin treated George Zimmerman, he’s sitting on its chest and bashing its head against the metaphorical sidewalk.)
Obama has not called for a dialog on race following this senseless killing. If anything requires a dialog and a beer summit it is this. According to FBI statistics“ blacks are 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against whites then vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit a robbery.”
In fact, the White House has done nothing.
The reason is simple. In the milieu in which Obama was raised and educated a “dialog on race” is shorthand for “let’s shakedown whitey.” The Martin case was not the first time Obama pulled a muscle running for the cameras. After publicly slandering a Cambridge police officer for doing his job, Obama held the odious “beer summit” to facilitate healing a wound he had inflicted.
It is the lowest common denominator of race based grievance and it is used exclusively for political advantage. The practitioners of this particular blood sport don’t care if they incite riots, slander the innocent, and create long term barriers to racial harmony (Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, call your office), in fact, they thrive in an environment of racial discord. Obama is no different. Eric Holder only differs in that he wears better clothes than Obama and Sharpton.
If Obama’s concern about the Martin shooting had had squat to do with violence and was not merely vile race-baiting, he could say something about the documented epidemic of black on white violence or maybe the carnage endemic in black neighborhoods in our major cities – between 2003 and 2006 a military age black male in Philadelphia had a better chance of being killed than a soldier in Iraq — or he could make a courageous statement about the deleterious effects of the gangster culture romanticized in hip hop music, etc., that leads teenager to seek to avoid boredom by killing random strangers. He hasn’t. And he won’t.
To Obama, Christopher Lane’s death doesn’t matter because it doesn’t fit into his world and commenting on it will not extract wealth or guilt from white America. The politic thing thing for him to do is keep quiet rather than offend his fellow race-baiters.