America's racial double standard has again become clear.
Three Las Vegas teenagers gunned down a young Australian man who was out jogging. Initial reports said the teens were bored and wanted to see what it was like to kill someone.
Initial reports said nothing about the race of the perpetrators, but when they were arrested and pictures were published it became clear they are black.
I bring this up to compare it to the Trayvon Martin case, which energized Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, as well as the president of the United States. The president said, "If I had a son, he might look like Trayvon." So who do these thugs look like?
Was this a hate crime? Probably not, since the protected classes are almost never perpetrators of hate. That category is reserved for straight white men.
The gun used to murder the Australian was reportedly stolen, so initial calls for more gun control laws are meaningless. If these guys broke the law to steal a gun and then murder someone, more laws are not the answer.
I'm still waiting on America's race machine to get cranked up. The silence is deafening and predictable.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: August 20, 2013