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This will be short. In case you haven't heard, Australian
college student Christopher Lane, 22, was shot in the back as he jogged down a
road in the middle of the afternoon last Friday in Duncan, Okla. He died at the
The perpetrators, two black and one white teenager, have
been arrested and are facing first degree murder charges.
Three Teenagers Charged in Lane Murder
When they were arrested 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna and
15-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr. (both black) allegedly told police they shot
Lane 'because they were bored.' Michael Jones, 17, (white) who allegedly drove
the vehicle carrying Luna and Edwards was charged with accessory to murder
after the fact. Jones identified Luna as the shooter.
It is interesting how quickly the media and the race
hustlers have decided this shooting of a white man by two black teenagers was
not racially motivated.
So far our president, himself half black and half white, has
not spoken out about the crime. He hasn't said, for example, that if he had a
son he would look like Lane. Why not? Isn't Obama half white? Yet he did say
that about Trayvon Martin
Oh, I forgot. The only kind of racism or hate crimes that
exist in America today are the kinds in which blacks are murdered by whites,
not the other way around.
What about it Al Sharpton? Where is your outrage? What about
you Jesse Jackson? Oh wait a minute, Jesse Jackson did issue a statement in
which he said such violence is 'frowned upon' in America.
'Frowned upon?' Really? Why not condemn these young thugs
for what they did? They have already admitted they shot Lane. Of course he
won't do that. After all, they are the wrong, or should I say, right race.
And what about you Mr. President. You had no compunction
about speaking out before the Zimmerman trial in what was a blatant attempt to
portray Martin as an innocent victim of racial violence. Will you not do the
same in this case?
I am not holding my breath.
And what about Oprah, who has equated Trayvon Martin's death
with that of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy who was tortured
and murdered in Mississippi in 1955 in what was obviously a racially motivated hate
Lane and American Girl Friend Sarah Harper
As Oprah well knows, race was never the issue in the
Zimmerman trial, and race was never presented by the prosecution as a motive, yet
the race hustlers still want us to believe the crime was somehow racially
With what crime will Oprah equate this senseless murder of a
young white Australian student in Oklahoma on a college baseball scholarship?
Think of the cruel irony here. An innocent Australian comes
to America to play baseball, our national pastime, and winds up murdered by
three kids who should have been playing baseball rather than looking for
someone to kill because they were 'bored.'
Naturally, the knee-jerk reaction of some in the media, such
as oily and captious British pseudo-journalist Piers Morgan, is to call for the
banning of all guns in America--the Second Amendment be damned.
In Australia, where just about all guns are banned, former
deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, a noted advocate of gun control, is telling
people to stay away from America.
'Tourists thinking of going to the USA should think twice,'
Fischer said Monday.
Of course they should. Of the 1.1 million Australian
tourists who visited the U.S. in 2012 none was killed. I'd say the U.S. is a
pretty dangerous destination for Aussies.