President Obama has been exposed as a hypocrite.
Christopher Lane, a white Australian
student, was killed in Oklahoma last week, shot in the back while he was
jogging. Two of the perpetrators were black teenagers, who admitted they were
“bored” and decided to kill
Mr. Lane for “the fun of it.” The
case has garnered massive international media attention. Mr. Obama’s response:
silence. He refuses to speak out on the issue.
Contrast this with the Trayvon Martin case. The president publicly denounced the
killing of the 17-year-old black teenager prior to the trial of the shooter,
George Zimmerman. In fact, Mr. Obama
claimed that, if he had a son, he would have “looked just like Trayvon.” The
implication was clear: By shooting Trayvon,
Mr. Zimmerman had also targeted the
president. The liberal media pounced on the story, relentlessly portraying
Mr. Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic,”
who had supposedly committed a hate crime upon an innocent black victim. It was
1964 in Mississippi all over again. The liberal narrative was as false as it was
preposterous: Blacks are being gunned down by racist, gun-toting whites.
Following Mr. Zimmerman’s acquittal, Mr. Obama
held an impromptu news conference. He addressed the nation, admonishing white
America to look into its collective soul, and purge itself of lingering bigotry.
The president claimed he “could have been Trayvon” — a teen shot dead simply for
being black and wearing a hoodie. Mr. Obama said he had suffered discrimination
throughout his life. Frightened white women allegedly clutched their purses when
he was in elevators. Whites supposedly locked their car doors and raised their
windows as he walked by. In short, the president complained that he, too, had
Think about this: The most powerful man in the world, elected not once but
twice, used the Trayvon Martin case to argue he — like many blacks — is the
victim of racism. His speech was not only racially polarizing, it was insulting.
Mr. Zimmerman shot Trayvon not
because of his skin color, but out of self-defense: The teen was in the process
of smashing his head against the pavement. If
Mr. Zimmerman had not used his gun,
he would likely be dead today. The incident was never about race — until our
liberal elites hijacked the story.
By contrast, Mr. Lane never pounced on any of the
black teens. He never attacked, punched or hit them. He was gunned down simply
because he was an easy, white target. Yet, when asked if Mr. Obama had any
comment on the heinous hate crime, White House deputy press secretary Josh
Earnest responded that he was “not familiar” with the Oklahoma case. When
pressed by a Fox News reporter to explain why the president remains silent about
Mr. Lane while lecturing America on
Trayvon Martin, Mr. Earnest said that Mr. Obama had never “extensively” spoken
about the Trayvon shooting.
The administration is engaging in Orwellian obfuscation of the obvious truth:
Mr. Obama will not denounce
Mr. Lane’s killing because the victim
was white and two of the perpetrators were black. For liberals, blacks are
always victims, and whites can only be aggressors. This is the great — and
pernicious — hypocrisy of our time.
The reality is very different. Contrary to media spin, white-on-black crime is
rare. In fact, black-on-white crime occurs eight times as frequently. Moreover,
blacks commit the overwhelming majority of killings against fellow blacks. For
example, Mr. Obama’s hometown of Chicago is a bloodbath for young, urban black
males. Killings take place on a daily basis. Yet, race-hustlers such as Al
Sharpton and Jesse Jackson seldom denounce or protest the slaughter of blacks by
other blacks — much less the targeting of whites by black gangsters.
For decades, urban black America has been suffering from a severe crisis. Drugs,
gangs, crime, family breakdown, soaring rates of out-of-wedlock births, and a
profanity-laden hip hop culture that demonizes whites and glorifies violence
have created a pathological social order, which has destroyed countless innocent
lives (both black and white).
Mr. Lane is merely its latest victim.
Instead of blaming capitalism, “racism” or America, it’s time civil rights
leaders focused on the real problem: the black community itself. Rampant drug
use and fatherless homes must be condemned. Rappers who glorify the gangster
lifestyle such as 50 Cent should be ostracized. Growing anti-Semitism and
anti-white bigotry must be rejected. The increasing number of hate crimes
perpetrated by blacks on non-blacks, such as the atrocity in Oklahoma, must be
By refusing to speak out on
Mr. Lane’s death, Mr. Obama has shown
conclusively that he is a demagogue who plays the race card in order to inflame
racial tensions, thereby galvanizing the minority electorate. He is our
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a radio host on
AM-680 WRKO in Boston.