After Slaying of Christopher Lane, Rightbloggers Revive the Old Ooga Booga
Whoops, actually the young men were arrested promptly. This would seem to be the key difference between this apparent thrill-killing and the death of Trayvon Martin -- unless you're a rightblogger, in which case the key difference is that this time the victim is white and the shooter is black, inspiring a new round of that old conservative pastime, Ooga Booga.
As we have previously explained in these pages, Ooga Booga is a routine in which rightbloggers tell the world (actually each other, but they think the world is listening) that black people are predisposed to kill white people, and are in fact engaged in a decades-long pogrom against them. The intended effect, it would seem, is to stir up white animosity toward Democrats, who are associated with African-Americans for some reason.
In this case, the brethren appear to be animated by resentment over the recent Trayvon Martin case -- not the outcome of the trial, which they applauded, but the fact that some people felt bad for the unarmed dead black kid, despite rightbloggers' best efforts to explain why he deserved to die. So while there were some far-outliers who blamed Lane's murder on, say, abortion (the suspects "could have been aborted... there's a thing called 'survivor syndrome,'" etc.), in the main rightbloggers compared the responses to Martin's death and Lane's, and portrayed the difference as yet another unfair break black people were getting at the expense of whites.
Early rightblogger reports were right down the expected pipe. "Three Teens Who Could Look Like Obama's Son Murder Australian Man, NRA Gets Blamed," raged Jammie Wearing Fool. (In an update, the author added, "Apparently the original photo contained two images of one suspect, and now one is identified as white. The revised photo has replaced the original." Many of his colleagues, needless to say, never bothered.)
"If G.W. Bush Had a Son, He'd Look Like Christopher Lane," said Taleen Starkes at American Thinker. When Obama expressed sympathy for Trayvon Martin, Starkes explained, "the Lefties claimed that he wasn't being divisive, he was simply 'keepin' it real.'" (There was no citation for that quote. Was it Chris Matthews?) "Another Dead White Teen Obama Won't Identify With... Unfortunately, he doesn't look like Trayvon," wrote The Foxhole. "Of course, it's not a hate crime unless the victim is black. I hope he and his little nigga pals get the death penalty."
"Cat got your tongue, Al?" asked Weasel Zippers, referring to Al Sharpton; if you're wondering, the failure of black leaders to denounce every black-on-white crime as it occurs is often assumed by rightbloggers to be evidence of anti-white racism. Cf: "Not surprisingly, Al Sharpton and Barack Obama, who quickly opined on the George Zimmerman self-defense case against Trayvon Martin, are silent," said Katie Pavlich at TownHall. She also thought Sharpton and Obama "should be asking why the hell these teenagers were 'bored' in the middle of the day." Pavlich did not solicit their opinion on why they have to wear their pants so low. "Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson: call your office," said Greg Pollowitz of National Review.
Not that any response from black people would matter to these guys. For example, when Jackson tweeted, "Praying for the family of Chris Lane. This senseless violence is frowned upon and the justice system must prevail," Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit scoffed, "It's the least he could say - And he knows it. Maybe someday Jesse, Barack and Al will weigh on Morley Lion's murder, but it's doubtful." This refers to another white person killed by blacks; presumably if Jackson reacted to that, Hoft would just pick another such case, in hopes of luring Jackson into a Bugs Bunny/Yosemite Sam-style confrontation.
Now apologize for that chick Bigger Thomas killed in Native Son.
At Legal Insurrection, neo-neocon asserted that since Obama was so goopy about dead Trayvon Martin, "empathizing with the grief of the African-American community without mentioning anything about Zimmerman or his family" -- killers suffer too, y'know -- and hadn't said anything about Lane, "it's difficult not to conclude that in the Lane case Obama identifies more with the accused killers and their families than the victim of their attack..." She also deduced that Obama "thinks the killers were angry about profiling, that their violence was motivated by that same 'difficult history,' and that they need to know we care."
"If Obama Had A Son He Would Not Look Like Christopher Lane," said Some Guy at RedState, who claimed that "this event has an interesting parallel to the Trayvon Martin case" because "the primary killer in this case as identified by police, James Edwards, has an internet presence eerily similar to that of Martin." For example, "He created a ganster-wannabe image, brandished weapons, etc." (Martin's gun-brandishing, it should be noted, took place in internet photos, not on the night of his slaying.)
As to the line Obama "emoted" about Martin and his son, Some Guy added, "that is probably true as Obama has treated the nation exactly the way Trayvon Martin treated George Zimmerman, he's sitting on its chest and bashing its head against the metaphorical sidewalk." Following Some Guy's logic, if someone shoots Obama, it'll be America defending itself, metaphorically.
Some Guy also informed us that "in the milieu in which Obama was raised and educated" -- Hawaii and Harvard Law, we guess he meant -- "a 'dialog on race' is shorthand for 'let's shakedown whitey.'" He then went on about the "documented epidemic of black on white violence" but, apparently to show he was No Racist, added an expression of concern over "the carnage endemic in black neighborhoods in our major cities"; then, just in case anyone thought he was showing insufficiently tough love, dropped in a knock on "the deleterious effects of the gangster culture romanticized in hip hop music."
Gangsta rap, being one of the few things most rightbloggers know about black people, was a popular Ooga Booga signifier in this case.