Ed Driscoll

Jesse Jackson Goes Out on a Limb


Murder? That’s totally “frowned upon” you guys, tweets Jackson:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. spoke out on Wednesday about the “senseless” shooting death of a white Australian athlete by two black teenagers and one white teenager in Oklahoma.

“Praying for the family of Chris Lane,” Jackson said Wednesday on Twitter. “This senseless violence is frowned upon and the justice system must prevail.”

Jackson’s comments come after a number of commentators ask why the black leaders who were outspoken during the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting were silent on the circumstances surrounding Lane’s murder.

According to law enforcement, Lane was shot dead while jogging. Prosecutors say three teens were involved, and that one of the suspects admitted they did it “for the fun of it.”

That last sentence makes Lane’s murder sound like the second coming of Leopold and Loeb, the infamous University of Chicago college students who kidnapped and murdered a 14 year old boy in 1924 for kicks and grins, a crime that was loosely — very loosely — adapted into Alfred Hitchcock’s stylish 1948 film, Rope

But as Bryan Preston writes at the Tatler, in an item that was linked to yesterday by the Drudge Report, there may be a bit more to the story than “just” a thrill killing:

Google “blue bandana gang” and you’ll get thousands of hits. Light blue bandanas are typically associated with the Crips gang and its offshoots. The Crips are active in Oklahoma — four Crips were indicted on drug trafficking charges in Tulsa in June of this year.

Many are already blaming the gun that the teens allegedly used to kill Chris Lane, including members of the Australian government. Guns are inanimate objects.

The “gun culture” didn’t kill Chris Lane, but the rap and gang culture may have played a prominent role.

Read the whole thing, and then check out Bryan’s follow-up post: “‘Bored?’ Teenage Murder Suspect James Edwards Appears to Be a Crip.”

At the end of Bryan’s update, note the photo of huge flashwads of 100-dollar bills. “‘Boredom’ seems less and less likely to have been a motive, Bryan notes. “Here is one of several photos of wads of cash on Edwards’ Facebook page. Where does a ‘bored’ 15 year old get this kind of money?”

Oh and speaking of Jackson, or in this case his son, why did the Wall Street Journal of all publications play “Name that Party,” when Jesse Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison “for spending $750,000 from his campaign on personal items. His wife, Sandi, 49, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for omitting $580,000 in income from the couple’s tax returns while they lived lavishly,” as the New York Times reported last week, naming Jackson’s party affiliation along the way, astonishingly enough.