And nothing about the debate, of course, has been simple.
Take one announcement issued Thursday: A Los Angeles commentator and radio host urged civil rights leaders to condemn the shooting of Lane, a white man, after it was revealed that one of the suspects, who is black, had previously tweeted that he hated white people.
"This was a heinous murder irrespective of color. And this makes it even more compelling for civil rights leaders to publicly condemn the killing, no matter who the victim is or the alleged perpetrators are," Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, said in a Thursday statement. "This is even more urgent given a recent report that one of the alleged shooters posted anti-white tweets."
So why is the need for condemnation urgent? Perhaps because condemnation has been urged. Look to the
"Three teenagers were charged Tuesday in the killing of a white college student in Duncan, Okla., and part of the story is what didn't happen," the Journal's editorial stated. "There was no saturation cable TV coverage, no press conference featuring
"But maybe it should," the Journal added.
And while it took weeks for Martin's 2012 shooting to brew into a national controversy -- including a comment from President
In Duncan itself, the question of race proved a difficult one for locals to discuss, as the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
Officials also have not formally tied race to a motive for Lane's slaying last week. Police identified two of the suspects as black and one suspect as white, and each of the suspects have family or friends who identify as white.
And at the time of the shooting,
, 15 -- who had once tweeted "90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM" -- had a white girlfriend, Edwards' sister told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.
WAS RACE A FACTOR? a CNN graphic asked on Thursday, as Australia's ambassador to the U.S., Kim Beazley, was posed the same question by CNN's Jake Tapper.
"Nobody in Australia would see it as that," Beazley replied.
At this point, you couldn't say the same for the U.S.