Rev. Al Sharpton says he's not protesting the killing of Australian student and athlete Chris Lane in Oklahoma because his murder was random, not racial, and “the system worked.”
“That doesn’t stop my friends over at Fox and Donald Trump and others saying, ‘Why isn’t Al Sharpton protesting this?’ I protest when I’m called in and when there’s an injustice," Sharpton said on his MSNBC show "Politics Nation" Thursday.
"The three were arrested, there was nothing to protest, the system worked there. And racial? Not only did the police not say it was racial, one of the three were white."
As TheBlaze previously reported, Lane, a 22-year-old Australian student and baseball player, was shot allegedly by three teenagers who reportedly said they did it because they were bored. Two of the suspects are black and one is white.
James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, were charged with first-degree murder and face life in prison if convicted. They are being held without bond. Michael Jones, 17, was charged with using a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree.
From left: James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16, all of Duncan, Okla. The three teenagers have been charged in connection with the killing of 22-year-old Australian collegiate baseball player Christopher Lane, 22. (AP)
Sharpton, who led much of the charge for justice in the Trayvon Martin killing, blasted critics who've been claiming his lack of outrage over the Lane killing smacks of hypocrisy.
“You have people feeling that I wouldn’t go in because it was three blacks that killed a white and no justice was done," Sharpton said. "If you get your information from the wrong source, you blame President [Barack] Obama for the response to Hurricane Katrina.”
Sharpton was referring to a poll released this week that found that roughly equal numbers of Republican Louisiana voters blame President George W. Bush and Obama for the response to Katrina, despite it occurring more than three years before Obama was elected president.
Here's the clip from Sharpton's MSNBC show, via YouTube:
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)