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.