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Conservatives Say Killing of Australian Baseball Player is ‘Trayvon in Reverse’

The senseless killing of an Australian college baseball player by three teens has prompted calls in Australia for tourists from that country to boycott the U.S. Meanwhile in the conservative media, the case has launched a slew of reverse racism attacks on ‘mainstream’ media—and even the White House, for not responding in the same way they responded to the killing of Trayvon Martin.

While the baseball player was white, two of the teens are black and one is white. The teens said they shot 23-year-old Australian Chris Lane because “we were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody,” one of them, Michael Jones, 17, who is white, told the police. Jones, 17, was accused of being an accessory to first-degree murder while James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, were charged with first-degree murder.

“It is another example of murder mayhem on Main Street,” former Australian deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer told CNN’s Piers Morgan. “People thinking of going to the USA for business or tourist trips should think carefully about it given the statistical fact you are 15 times more likely to be shot dead in the USA than in Australia per capita per million people.”

The attacks on the media and African-American leaders were especially evident at Fox News, where the hosts of “Fox and Friends” pursued the issue relentlessly this morning, wondering why Rev. Al Sharpton and President Obama haven’t commented on Lane’s murder.

On his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh said Lane’s killing was “Trayvon Martin in reverse.” Limbaugh said the “mainstream media’s” failure to cover the racial aspects of the crime was clear evidence of complicity in “the destruction of American culture and society.”

Limbaugh pointed out that one of the accused shooters “worships rappers” and celebrates “thug culture.”

Some conservative outlets made the embarrassing mistake of describing all three shooters as black. In fact, the Daily Caller actually showed pictures of the three suspects—but the person identified by the website as Michael Jones, who is white, was a black man entirely uninvolved to the shooting. When it later issued a retraction, the Daily Caller sarcastically noted “this, of course, changes everything.

The site was being facetious, but the fact that one of the teens was white makes it much more difficult to claim that the teens shot Duncan because he was white.

At the White House yesterday, a Fox News correspondent also got the race of one of the shooters wrong when he asked a question of Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

“Do you have any reaction to the Christopher Lane case?” Henry asked, to which Earnest replied, “I’m not familiar with it, actually.”

“In Oklahoma, this 22-year-old Australian — 22 or 23, I’ve seen different reports — baseball player, came from Australia, was targeted apparently by three African American young men who — the Australian was out on a jog and these young men apparently told the police they were bored and they thought it would just be fun to kill him,” Henry explained. “Any reaction to that?”

Earnest said, “This sounds like a pretty tragic case,” but that “I wouldn’t want to get ahead of the legal process here.”

He added, “the President, I think, himself has spoken pretty eloquently about violence in our communities, and he stood at this podium a few weeks ago where he talked about his concern about the impact that violence is having on, in particular, young people in this country.”

Henry wouldn’t let it go. “Why hasn’t he spoken out on this, in this case? You said there was a judicial proceeding; there was one in the Trayvon Martin case. He spoke out extensively on that one.”

Earnest said the President’s initial remarks on the Trayvon Martin killing were brief and in response to a direct question. He said the President also spoke “at the conclusion of the legal proceeding, where he expressed his concerns about the impact of violence in communities all across the country, and he talked about the number of things that the government can do but also a number of things we can do in our communities, whether it’s parents, churches and communities can do to try to address the impact of violence, and whether there is more that we can do to try to protect our children.”

When a black leader did mention the shooting, he was attacked for the way he did it. Rev. Jesse Jackson sent out a tweet about the killing saying, “Praying for the family of Chris Lane. This senseless violence is frowned upon and the justice system must prevail.” But in the conservative media, commentators picked up on Jackson’s term “frowned upon,” claiming it wasn’t strong enough.

“I was 4 and got frowned upon digging in my mom’s flower beds when she told me not to. Who knew senseless violence gets the same response?” Nathan Wurtzel wrote on Twitter.

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12 thoughts on “Conservatives Say Killing of Australian Baseball Player is ‘Trayvon in Reverse’

  1. The difference is that the (idiot) teen boys will go to prison and will never see the light of day. I feel sorry for them because there bright future is gone forever.

  2. Daniel DeCristo says:

    Wasn't one of the killer's tweets "90% of white people are nasty. #HATE THEM?" By posting this story, omitting that, you give further evidence to the conservative's argument. You claim this shooting was not racist, but your past articles about the Martin/Zimmerman case portrays Zimmerman as a racist. I think you have different standards of racism for different races.

  3. Jdot says:

    Any incident involving people of different races can be made into a racially charged incident, even though an argument can made against that. Zimmerman may or may not have racially profiled Martin. He did, however, profile him as a criminal, he pursued, engaged, got into a physical altercation, and shot his suspect. The incident was interpreted in such a way, that it led to Zimmerman's exoneration. In the Christopher Lane incident, the shooters may or may not have acted solely on the basis of race. It was a senseless killing nonetheless. It is the senselessness, and perceived injustice respective to these incidents that should be up for discussion. Race is a side issue, and will always be used by those seeking to benefit from that.

  4. Shari Armstrong Torka says:

    I don't blame them for boycotting the US…Im a citizen here and wish I could… cant afford to move to another country but would if I could.

  5. Curtis Stone says:

    I am a white man who was shit with a pellet
    While jogging in Mobile Alabama in 2009. The
    Men or boys in the car the shot came from
    were black. No major injury but shot was inches
    From my spine, I'm lucky it wasn't a bullet. The
    Officer told me 5 other folks were shot at that day
    I was the only hit. Can you say G-A-N-G violence
    Hurts plenty of innocent people in the USA? The shooters
    Even turned around and came back for another shot.

  6. Smith Craig says:

    "I feel sorry for them because there bright future is gone forever."

    you feel sorry for them? SERIOUSLY? no one MADE them shoot that ball player.

    and as far as a "bright future" goes? they killed him because they were bored! their future is EXACTLY what it was meant to be. they were eventually going to kill someone if that was their reason for such a senseless act.

    I hope they get the death penalty. That is the only way that other stupid bored young men MIGHT think twice before killing someone.

  7. Smith Craig says:

    I don't care if he is purple but that boy is just as white as Zimmerman.

  8. Sadly Smith Craig your 100% right. I'm saddened because they are lost

  9. Tonya Tipton says:

    The whole outrage about the Trayvon Martin case was because the police did not arrest George Zimmerman and people wanted justice for Trayvon but in the Chris Lane case the police arrested 3 people. President Obama didn't say anything about the Chris Lane case because he was never asked like he was asked in the Trayvon Martin case. Fox news has gone out of their way to try to make this case like the Trayvon Martin's case and it's not.

  10. Tonya Tipton says:

    Smith Craig They will never get the death penalty because they can't be charge with that because of their age.

  11. Tonya Tipton says:

    You're lucky, I wasn't so lucky as I was shot in the back of the neck by a stray bullet so now I live my life in a wheelchair and at the time I was pregnant but I lost my baby and I was just minding my own business at the time doing nothing wrong.

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