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1. William Jacobson is doing follow-up on Oberlin. Obie admin is still not talking. But Jacobson asks important questions such as why did Krislov go to the FBI to ask for a hate crime investigation when he knew – or should have known since other school officials knew – that the students behind this had admitted that they were trolling and joking.
2. At Gawker, Tom Scocca tells white people to calm down about Chris Lane. Poor choice of words on that one.
3. And at Salon, Alex Seitz-Wald writes that Chris Lane is the reverse of Trayvon Martin. He’s right, Lane’s killing is much worse. Mr. hyphenated name doesn’t go as far as admitting that, and he also doesn’t mention that James Edwards seemed to really hate white people. That’s a little worse as well than Trayvon Martin’s slight distaste for ‘creepy-ass crackers’.
Seitz-Wald points out that Zimmerman’s case wouldn’t be under discussion if he’d only have been arrested. Of course it’s debatable that he should have been. The cops had that discretion and they seemed to have thought long and hard about it. But they couldn’t find anything overturning self-defense. Despite the initial story, the police didn’t drop the ball.
But then if Seitz-Wald wants to play the game of who gets charged with what, we could talk about the FBI’s role in each case. The FBI was called in on Zimmerman, but it will not be called in on Lane. I talked to the OKC regional FBI spokesman who said that they have no plans to conduct such an investigation. Stephens County D.A. Jason Hicks told me the same. No plans for any investigation into that angle even after they were told about the racist tweets from Edwards. Now, I don’t like playing with that double-edged sword because I think the concept of hate crime shouldn’t exist. But we can trot it out just for the purposes of internet debate.
4. John McWhorter keeps me on my toes. Sometimes he talks sense; other times he doesn’t.
5. This was a pretty big misrepresentation of the truth from AP (carried by WaPo). Just throwing this out there for my own ego, but when I talked to Stephens County DA Hicks about possible hate crime stuff he also cleared up for me that the 17 year-old being charged as an accessory in the Lane murder did not, contrary to what the AP reported, yell out “I pulled the trigger”. Hicks told me (and Tommy Christopher also found out for Mediaite) that Michael Jones yelled out “I didn’t pull the trigger.” The judge shut Jones down, and Hicks said that he was right behind Jones and heard him say he didn’t pull the trigger. He also said he confirmed with other bystanders that that’s what Jones said. They were perplexed at the report that Jones said “I pulled the trigger.” Well, it was just the AP AP’ing.
6. Dylan Bleier, one of the Oberlin hoaxers, is given credit for doing the camera work for a forum hosted by the White Alliance Against Structural Racism.