Posted on August 22, 2013

Jesse Jackson Tweets That Killing of Chris Lane ‘Frowned Upon’

Aaron Blake, Washington Post, August 21, 2013

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said in a tweet Wednesday that the killing of an Australian baseball player, allegedly by three Oklahoma teenagers who were bored, is “senseless violence” and should be “frowned upon.”

Conservatives and others on social media immediately criticized the remark as tepid and insincere — especially in light of Jackson’s and other black leaders’ strong reactions to the killing of Trayvon Martin, a young black man, by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman last year.

The teens who stand accused of the crime include two who appear to be African American. {snip} Critics of Jackson’s remark began tweeting with the hashtag #frownedupon, noting other far-less-severe things that are “frowned upon.” A sampling of the response to Jackson’s tweet: