One of the Oklahoma teens accused of killing Australian baseball player Christopher Lane had posted images of himself with guns and wads of cash.
Now, some Americans are asking why this killing, in which the victim was white and the alleged killers black, has not brought reaction from the president.
Maybe because, as opposed to other cases, charges were brought immediately against the perpetrators. As in they did not walk free after what they did. Why would the president, or anyone else have to comment on it?
Not to mention it was three men, one white, and two black. Not that it matters.
Chris Lane is being canonized for just walking down the street, minding his own business, while Trayvon Martin was demonized for walking down the street, minding his own business.
No one would have called 911 to report Chris Lane as suspicious, even if there were break-ins in the neighborhood.
No one is going to dig through his Twitter account and other social media to demonize him as a thug who was probably asking for it.
No one is going to claim his manner of dress was threatening in the dark.
No one is going to claim “Well, you know, the white community, specifically young men… there’s just a lot criminality there” and then cite misinterpreted numbers.
No one is going to claim that if Chris Lane used marijuana, he was a potential criminal on drugs; therefore, he deserved what he got.
No one is going to dig through Lane’s school records, and, if they find he was ever suspended or disciplined otherwise, that he obviously was a menace.
Both Martin and Lane had the right to walk down the street without being stalked and killed. But it took a national outcry to even begin an investigation against George Zimmerman. The alleged murderers of Chris Lane were jailed within days on bail high enough that they will not walk free before trial. Zimmerman bailed out almost immediately.
These situations are wildly different, and, while Lane’s murder is a tragedy and absolutely horrifying, it’s much more likely that his family will receive the kind of justice denied to Trayvon Martin’s family.