Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. took to Twitter Wednesday morning to tell his 24,000 followers that the “senseless” murder of Christopher Lane by three black teenagers in Oklahoma is “frowned upon.”
“Praying for the family of Chris Lane. This senseless violence is frowned upon and the justice system must prevail,” Mr. Jackson said.
Mr. Lane, a 23-year-old native of Australia, was visiting the town of Duncan where his girlfriend and her family live, when he was gunned down by three young men who said they were “bored.”
“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,’” Police Chief Danny Ford said Monday “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.’”
Laura Ingraham, Allen West and others have wondered if Mr. Jackson would be taking action in this case, since he so vigorously supported Trayvon Martin.
After his comments today, though, it doesn’t seem Twitter users are buying his condolences.
“frowned upon? FROWNED UPON?!! Use all the vigor of your outrage to help stop this violence! Not frown upon it!!!” one person commented.
“But I guess you aren’t ‘Outraged’ and won’t be marching over it huh?” another asked.
Another said, “Thanks for that tepid, milquetoast response. ‘Frowned upon’?? Why not be REALLY harsh and call the boys ‘naughty’ or ‘fresh’?”
About an hour later, Mr. Jackson went back to bashing conservatives.
“5 conservatives on the Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act. Conservative governors are pushing to constrict the vote,” he said.