When goaded last Friday into weighing in on the undeniably tragic shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, President Obama sounded a chord that was sympathetic to the parents of the slain teen. “You know,” he said,” if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
If the president had a son, he might also look like Shawn Tyson. Tyson is also black, also 17, and was also involved in a deadly shooting in the state of Florida. Unlike Trayvon Martin, Shawn Tyson was on the giving, rather than receiving, end of a .22-caliber handgun used in a double homicide in April of 2011. He is currently on trial for the obscenely cold-blooded killing of two white British tourists who had lost their way and wandered, drunk, into a low-income housing project in Sarasota.
So why isn’t the president calling upon Americans to “do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen,” as he did last Friday in his heartfelt remarks on Trayvon Martin? Because, much as he and other black leaders refuse to acknowledge it, in their world white-on-black racism—real or merely perceived—trumps all other injustices. In fact, there are no other injustices. In their world, Shawn Tyson is as much a victim as Trayvon Martin: He is a victim of a system that stacks the deck against young blacks and limits their choices and chances for success in a “white man’s” world.
Another reason no one is kicking up a fuss over the Tyson case is its sheer lack of ambiguity. There is, sadly, nothing remarkable about the teen’s murder of James Kouzaris and James Cooper other than the depravedly insouciant manner in which he carried out their execution.
At the trial on Monday, an associate of Tyson, 18-year-old Latrece Washington, testified that he shared the details of the shootings with her in the same matter-of-fact way civilized people describe the humdrum events of an average day. She told the jury, “He said [to the two tourists], ‘Well since you ain’t got no money I got something for your ass’.” She added:
He told me that the men begged for their lives. One said, ‘please let me go home, I’m lost.’
He shot one of them in the side and one of them fell instantly and the other one was crying for his life. He shot him.
The Daily Mail notes that the judge in the case, Rick De Furia, declined a request by TV crews to film Washington’s face because of fears of retaliation against her by “the community.”
A second witness, Jermaine Bane, testified that Tyson inadvertently phoned him the night of the slayings and that Bane heard Tyson say to someone, “Who are those crackers walking past the park?” Shortly after that, Bane said, he heard gunshots.
As for Tyson, there is little more to know, little to build on. He was 16 at the time of the shooting, falling behind in school, and had the world Savage tattooed on his chest. He and friends, many of whom are described as having criminal backgrounds, are said to have repeatedly watched the 2002 film Shottas, which is about gangsters.
Soul-searching to figure out how something like this happens, anyone?
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