Rev. Jackson: Trayvon Martin, Chris Lane Case Not Equivalent

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Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 06:31 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Conservatives are wrong to compare the thrill-kill slaying of Chris Lane in Oklahoma with the Trayvon Martin case, the Rev. Jesse Jackson says.

Jackson – who’s been criticized for his tepid Twitter comment on Lane’s brutish slaying – complained conservatives "seem to have forgotten" a June 2012 Oklahoma case when two white men killed three people in the black community, The Hill reported.

The Hill reported Jackson was responding to an MSNBC question about whether he thinks "some on the right are making a false equivalency" between Martin, a black Florida teen, and Lane, a young white baseball player.

"Yeah," he responded. "They want to connect what happened in the Trayvon Martin case with these three young men on this foolish rampage killing this ballplayer."

Though Jackson said he finds "more of an equivalent" between the Lane case and the 2012 case in Oklahoma, he conceded "…there are no winners in any of this sickness."

On Wednesday, Jackson tweeted the actions of Lane’s killers should be "frowned upon."

 

"I hope we all see that it is not right, that what these young men did was flat out wrong and sick," Jackson said Thursday. "And what happened there in June last year was wrong and sick, killing people for no cause."

For some conservatives, the comparisons between Martin and Lane are striking.

Rush Limbaugh said on his show Wednesday the case was "Trayvon Martin in reverse, only worse."

On Tuesday, Former Florida Republican Rep. Allen West took President Barack Obama to task on Twitter, suggesting a racial double standard.

"We were bored & decided to kill somebody." 3 black teens shoot white jogger. Who will POTUS identify w/this time? West posted, referring to the president's personal remarks about the racially charged death of Martin.


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