The Duncan, OK Shooting Shows Racism Against Blacks

If you haven’t heard by now, there has been another senseless killing in America.  On August 20th, an Australian college baseball player, Christopher Lane, went out for a jog in Duncan, Oklahoma and was murdered in a drive-by shooting.   According to police, one of the 3 teens involved in the crime said that the murder was carried out simply because they were bored.

This slaying is yet another incident that has racial profiling written all over it.  It was reported that Lane was killed by a single bullet that came from a single gun.  The bullet collapsed both his lungs, fractured two ribs, and pierced his aorta and pulmonary artery.  Lane was shot in the back while jogging near his girlfriend’s home.

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards, Jr., 15, both Black Duncan teens, have been charged with first-degree murder.  Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, a White Duncan teen, was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder.  He is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court.  In court (following the incident), Jones reportedly said “I pulled the trigger” but the judge told him to remain silent.  The boy cried and his bond was set at $1 million.

The two men charged with murder were Black; the one not charged with first-degree murder was White.

This doesn’t make sense.  Why is it that there was only 1 gun and 1 shot fired and there were two men that were charged with murder?  And why then were the men that were charged with murder the Black men (and the White assailant wasn’t charged)?  Most importantly, why is it that the White assailant, who attempted to confess to pulling the trigger, was told to keep quiet in court by the judge and was charged with a lesser crime?

This is another obvious display that racism continues to persist in this country and especially in southern states.  The state did not charge all three teens with murder, which would have made sense.  Nor did they charge a single individual with the crime even though there was only one gun, only a single shot was fired, and one of the teens (the White one) admitted to committing the crime in court during the arraignment.  It is apparent that the judicial system in southern states remains completely utterly racist.

This isn’t the first time such racism has occurred in court in a southern US state.  We all remember the Travon Martin case that had racial profiling and injustice written all over it.  In addition, last year, Darrell Williams, a Black OSU basketball player and an honors student with an unblemished record, was found guilty of two counts of rape of 2 white girls by a jury comprised of 11 whites and one Asian.  The interracial crime not only lacked independent witnesses or physical evidence, but was based on a notoriously flawed method for identifying suspects.  The biased jurors still decided against Williams.

I understand that one of the Black assailants in the Duncan Ok shooting had a sketchy facebook profile that featured videos of him flashing guns.  But that shouldn’t matter.  If we base everything in this case on evidence alone, it is clear that racial profiling is the main reason the suspects charged were charged as they were.  Racism, even in the judicial court system, remains in the forefront of our society even though most non-Blacks attest that is no longer an issue.

-Deshawn (@ShonJay714)

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8 Comments

    • Marcus
      August 28, 2013

      That it’s an interesting take. I hadn’t thought of it like this, but Judy that all of them should be (and probably will be) locked up forever.

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    • Erik
      August 28, 2013

      Interesting indeed. It doesn’t really make sense. They should have all been charged with first degree murder, or only one charged with first degree murder. Without really knowing any of the details, it sounds like the white kid was driving and shot the gun or the white kid was driving while another shot the gun. Either way, it seems like his driving of the car should have involved him more with respect to a first degree murder charge than the third kid, who was just there. They should all be charged with first degree, in my opinion. You can’t just kill people because you’re bored… Also, shout out to the two black kids for giving white people more of a reason to fear us. Thanks.

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      • marcus
        August 28, 2013

        But it could have been that the driver was the talker, i.e. he got cut a deal for a lesser charge.

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    • Luna
      August 28, 2013

      This is a very interesting intake in the issues we’re currently facing as a society not only in Southern states, but silently worldwide. Yes I can see and agree with your point, now lets be analytical about the situation A WISE MAN KNOWS NOTHING, right? Yet this entities we’ve given the power of “justice” are not very wise hence they’re convinced they are walking encyclopedias. More less lets understand that no man despite race or background is free from prejudice. Now ask yourselves this, do you honestly believe an African American judge would’ve rule more accordingly? ?

      Despite whether your answer is Yes or No there will always be different options to what’s right and to what’s wrong. Yes there are basic moral principals that need to be followed at all times, but can we really be held to the standards of following those principals when we cannot agree to disagree?

      I’m not intending to deviate from the essence of this article, yet if we are truly seeking answers to the obvious, let’s look at the basics. .. our youth the core values these children are being exposed to. Sadly individuals are unconsciously exposed to what they shouldn’t become. Violence, sex aamongst other things.

      Observe this: our parents thought us the yes ma’am no sir type of things. Respect elders and don’t say nothing if you ain’t got nothing nice to say, manners and general sence of respect & obligation. .

      Our new generation are revolutionaries: speak their mind even if it is disrespectful to others. Stand your ground and do what you believe. The idea is adequate however the method is definitely wrong.

      Goes into nature vs. Nurture we all have the potential of greatness, yet some are never given a chance.

      To recap if we stop GENERALIZING ourselves and STOP trying to be like everyone else maybe then we could define that personality is individual not collectible amongst specific races. Only if we as individuals take the given power to NOT act like every Mexican, do as every Asian, think as every Caucasian and be like every other African American. Be your own person and define what’s expected of “your kind” be who you are and who you have the potential to be. Maybe then ignorance such as that of George Zimmerman and Southeners (generally assuming) will be define into trying to define the person bases solemnly on their person rather than their race, ethnicity or background. ..

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    • Felicia
      August 28, 2013

      I was not aware that the white young man stated this in court. So with that being said it does change things. BUT they will probably all spend the rest of or a good portion of their lives jail. And not just because they ( or were an accessory to the killing) killed a white college student but an international one at that. Just like many of us we hoped these young men were not black when we heard of the killing but when we did we all had the same feeling….

      Truly sad and I wonder how their parents feel? Smh

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    • MKingJr
      August 28, 2013

      Why worry about playing the race card here? Why not remember the words of Dr. King and judge them by their character? Their character says they are worthless P.O.S. who are a menace and danger to society and will never contribute their share to the community. Put away your soap box and call it like it is.

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      • Erik
        August 28, 2013

        I can’t speak for Deshawn, but it seems that the point of this post was to say that they should all be charged equally with first degree murder. No one is arguing that any of them should get off. They all played an equal role in killing someone for now reason. The law should punish them all accordingly.

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    • C.Kirk
      September 1, 2013

      Maybe Marcus is right. Maybe the white kid talked first and therefore got a lesser charge. I agree with Luna; I am sick of stereotypes. What a few blacks do does not define the entire black race.

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