Skip to comments.Britain Waits For Obama to Comment Movingly . . . on Gun Murders of White Tourists by Black Youth
Posted on 03/29/2012 12:36:14 PM PDT by rhema
I dont know what President Obamas schedule is looking like for today, but Im sure hell be making time to comment on the case of Shawn Tyson, the Florida teenager who was yesterday sentenced to life without parole for the cold-blooded murders of two young British men who were holidaying in the state.
Im sure the president will want to share his thoughts on the tragedy, because he takes such a keen interest, in his capacity as bridge-builder-and-healer-in-chief, in inter-racial altercations and in particular fatal shootings to which theres an apparent racial element. And the racial element here is at least as much a factor as it was in the case of the Trayvon Martin shooting which has so exercised Mr. Obama, and probably more so.
Tyson was black, while his victims, James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, were white. The pair were gunned down after straying into Tysons predominantly black housing project, and while theres no shortage of black-on-black shootings in such areas, its hard to imagine that two black men with no gang affiliation walking through the same neighbourhood would have been as likely to be targeted.
As reported in the Fox News story linked above, friends of Cooper and Kouzaris who spoke at the trial said they were dissatisfied with the lack of support or condolences from the United States government, and from President Obama in particular.
But Im sure Mr. Obama will be swift to make amends, and will insert himself into this tragedy in a way that, according to the Washington Post, is at once deeply personal and completely universal, and avidly avoids taking sides in a political fight.
Im expecting Mr. Obama to say that he can only imagine what the parents of Cooper and Kouzaris have had to go through since Tyson executed their sons, after making them beg for their lives, last April.
Perhaps hell even say that the two young men could have been, if not his own sons, then perhaps his younger brothers. Theyre white, yes, but in every other respect they could have been his sons, or his brothers and anyway, were all color blind these days when it comes to such matters arent we?
Or perhaps the president will take a more controversial line and, in the context of discussing the problem of gang-related violence in Americas black communities, deliver a compelling soundbite that will earn praise from Americas and the worlds media. Something like: If I had a son, hed look like Shawn Tyson.
Im confident that Mr. Obama will want to comment on this case. Because if he didnt, some observers might jump to the conclusion that the leader of the free world was little more than a shameless, race-baiting opportunist who was more interested in firing up one of his core constituencies head of Novembers election than in seeing justice done.
And that would come as an awful disappointment to his many adoring fans here in Britain none more adoring than Prime Minister Cameron himself.
I pray they are not holding their collective breath.
If my mother had a son he’d look like....
He does not care.
They were the wrong color..............
Does Shawn Tyson look like a son that Obama might have sired?
Does Shawn Tyson look like a son that Obama might have sired?
That might no be so bad. Think of all the CO2 it would save from the atmoshpere. The world would be cooler for it. (Sarc)
Good article well written with a great helping of Sarcasm. Bozo’s racism stands out every day in every way. What a putz. How they he** anyone was fooled enough by this guy to vote for him is a mystery to me and I have a very close friend who voted for the guy. I stopped talking to her until she finally admitted she was wrong and that Bozo is a total loser and she will never vote for him again. Still, I have to wonder, WTF was she thinking.
Tyson is no longer black?
I wish the editor position was filled by a qualified person
Shooter not arrested or charged.
Yeah, I can see how the cases are exact mirror images of each other other than the race of the participants.
Ok. Maybe not so much.
Maybe he should call...
Im confident that Mr. Obama will want to comment on this case. Because if he didnt, some observers might jump to the conclusion that the leader of the free world was little more than a shameless, race-baiting opportunist who was more interested in firing up one of his core constituencies head of Novembers election than in seeing justice done.Ouch!
He could say “If my parents had another son that looked more like my mother instead of my father, James Cooper or James Kouzaris would look like my brother.”
As an aside, it's pretty evident from the article that the 2 Brits were gay, in addition to being white. Wonder why that 'hate crime' angle wasn't brought up ...
To them I say, "try Padre Island instead!"
But as for justice, there's nothing anyone can say. We can't sentence these loser-killers fast enough, and now the black political community wants a "get out of jail free" card, on the basis of "disproportionate impact". (The refutation is simple: "Disproportionate bloodthirstiness and homicidal mania.")
C’mon Zer0 at least send the families a DVD of your speeches. /s
***British tourists have been robbed and murdered with regularity***
Have to wonder what are the statistics for all foreign tourists who venture into crime-infested neighborhoods.
My nephew and a couple of his friends in their early 20’s were visiting from England and I warned them to stay away from cheap motels & low rent or industrial sections of large cities. After my warning they looked terrified. Sadly, one of them paid cash for his room in the evening and at the morning check out he had no receipt or proof of payment.
Certain areas in the US resemble Third World Tourist Traps. Not good for the economy or international diplomacy.
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