LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Still no Obama comment on Lane killing

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I was surprised to read Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s comment that President Obama had not commented on the brutal killing of Australian college student Christopher Lane last month (“Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin: ‘A nice gesture’ if Obama addressed ‘thrill kill’ of Aussie,” Web, Aug. 25).

Mr. Obama was quick to comment twice on the shooting of Trayvon Martin by a “white Hispanic,” George Zimmerman, who shot out of self-defense and was acquitted of all charges by a jury. In the Lane shooting, though, it was three youths, two black and one listed as white, who did the shooting of a white man. The youth listed as white, by the way, has a black father and a white mother — just like our president. Nonetheless, his race was reported as white, unlike our president, who considers himself black.

Could the reason for Mr. Obama’s silence be that he does not think it worthy to comment on black-on-white crime; that it is only worth his time to rail against white-on-black crime? What this says to me is that Mr. Obama has a double standard regarding crime involving blacks and whites.



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