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Candidates Voice Outrage on 'Jena 6'

Chalk it up as another comment on racial politics in America, circa 2007: while the leading Republican presidential candidates are skipping a debate held by historically-black Morgan State University, the top Democrats are racing to be show their solidarity for the "Jena 6" -- with the sole black candidate encountering criticism for being insufficiently outspoken in the matter.

The "Jena 6" are six African-American teenagers in the central-Louisiana town of Jena who were charged with attempted murder after a white student was beaten unconscious at Jena High School late last year. The beating followed a string of attacks by white students against black ones that did not result in serious charges, as well as the escalating tensions sparked by an incident in which three white students hung nooses from a tree in the high school courtyard that black students complained had become an exclusive hang-out spot for whites. School officials dismissed the nooses as an "adolescent prank." That, combined with the serious charges against the six black teens, has made Jena the focus of a nationwide civil rights campaign. The local district attorney later reduced the charges to aggravated second-degree battery, and on Friday, a state appeals court vacated the conviction of the one teen who had already been convicted. But a rally is still being planned for tomorrow, with tens of thousands of protesters from around the country expected to converge on Jena.

Today, the episode spilled onto the presidential campaign trail, as The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C. reported that Jesse Jackson had criticized Barack Obama for not speaking out more forcefully on the controversy. "If I were a candidate, I'd be all over Jena," Jackson was quoted as saying. "Jena is a defining moment, just like Selma was a defining moment." By not seizing on the issue more, Obama was "acting like he's white," the paper quoted Jackson as saying. Jackson, who endorsed Obama in March, today denied making that last comment, while The State stood by its reporting. Obama's campaign, meanwhile, noted that he had made a strong statement on the matter last week, when he called for the district attorney to drop the charges and said, "When nooses are being hung in high schools in the 21st century, it's a tragedy. It shows that we still have a lot of work to do as a nation to heal our racial tensions."

"Outrage over an injustice like the Jena 6 isn't a matter of black and white. It's a matter of right and wrong. We should stand as one nation in opposition to this and any injustice. That's why I've previously spoken out and demanded fairness in the Jena 6 case," Obama said in a statement today. He also noted that his comments on the Jena 6 "were carefully thought out with input and support from one of my National Campaign Chairmen, U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr."

Obama's Democratic rivals have also been speaking about the case. At a NAACP dinner in South Carolina on Saturday, Hillary Clinton praised the organization for calling attention to the Jena saga and called for an investigation by the Department of Justice. "This case reminds us that the scales of justice are seriously out of balance when it comes to charging, sentencing and punishing African Americans," she said. "This case reminds us that we have so much work yet to do." Speaking today on Al Sharpton's radio show, she added, "People need to understand that we cannot let this kind of inequality and injustice happen anywhere in America. It's a real wake-up call for everybody because it just reminds us that we've got a lot of work to do."

John Edwards is in the middle of the fray as well. His wife, Elizabeth, is scheduled to speak at a send-off rally this evening in Columbia for buses heading to Jena. "As someone who grew up in the segregated South, I feel a special responsibility to speak out on racial intolerance," John Edwards said. "Americans of all races are traveling to Jena because they believe that how we respond to the racial tensions in Jena says everything about who we are as a nation. ... When a 'white tree' stands outside a public school, marking a place where white students sit but black students are not welcome, there is something so wrong that the right words are hard to find."

--Alec MacGillis

By Washington Post editors  |  September 19, 2007; 4:46 PM ET
 
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Al Sharpton has clearly lost any since of rational thought if he believes the American Public will just blindly believe any thing he says.

This whole case is a perfect example of Al Sharpton's loss of credibility. The case is this, a ring leader who has a documented criminal history gathered up five of his thugs and committed a horrible race-based hate crime of attempted murder. What does Sharpton do? He sees a spotlight and jumps into it, and his thoughtless masses follow him off the cliff.

I personally know of someone who was kicked to death with "tennis shoes" after being knocked unconscious so yes this was attempted murder. And even a blind man can clearly see it is a hate crime based on race! Where is justice? I don't know but I can tell you that Al Sharpton has spent so much of his life skewing the truth that he is unable to see it even when it keeps jumping up in his face. Sharpton now says that because Bell violated his parole by beating ANOTHER person and has to serve time that the Judge is being unfair. Wake up dude! Next he'll be saying that this was all justified because three months before some other kids hung a noose from a tree! Oh, that's right, he's already said that! What a blind fool Al Sharpton is. To suggest that is the same as saying Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. deserved to be killed for expressing his views! What those teenagers did with the nooses may have been in poor taste but it was still a peaceful expression of free speech which I understand was done in support of an upcoming football game, "hang in there Cowboys!"

The black community needs leaders that are present, out of the '60 and in this century. What I'm saying is the American population is not anywhere as simple as Al Sharpton thinks we are, it's so insulting that he is his own biggest enemy. It's time to move on and stop playing the race card only to your advantage.

Posted by: oilman26 | October 12, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Why is the discussion weighed against these children? Why aren't we discussing the true culprits: Those in authority who allow 'white trees' to exist in our schools or anywhere? I am positive that there are words written on paper (legislation) that protect our children from 'white trees', as these words were established to rid the country of discriminatory signs, practices, etc.
The true problem is rooted in the tree's existence. Why, only after the trees national exposure was/is it so important to remove the tree. How many children, from every culture, have their lives shaped by a 'white tree' of one kind or another. How many children, who have sat under a 'white tree, on a white bleacher', etc., are in positions of leadership and now determining the course of the country by creating legislation or suspending legislation?
Let us file suit against those whose craven actions allow 'white trees' to perpetuate the injustices and atrocities of this country's Black History. We have only been 'black', as defined in dictionaries, for a few years. Let us begin to embrace the very same African history and culture that the Pope spoke of while apologizing for the Church's failure to respect during our enslavement.

Posted by: thinkspeech49022 | September 29, 2007 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Given the biased racist nature of the DA, Michael Bell prior convictions cannot be held against him. Who knows the legitimacy of the prior convictions?

Please realize that the thousands who marched in Jena didn't do so because Sharpton or Jackson brainwashed them to do so. An unequal justice system exists in this country and it's about time that a light shines on this unspoken truth. The world watched during the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and saw how Blacks and Whites are treated differently in this country. A double standard exists and a change needs to take place!!!!

Those who don't see the connection between the events (http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/07/03/2260/) or understand why everyone is hurt and upset by the injustice that the Jena 6 faces are simply in denial of the fact that racism is alive in America; sometimes its covert and sometimes it's overt. It's time for a reality check.

Stop trying to silence the protestors or combat the movement. It is time for this country to take a look in the mirror and face its shameful demons - wide spread racism and unequal justice.

Justin Barker did not deserve to be beaten but please realize that he wasn't innocent. He taunted the Black students for only God knows how long.

All of this talk about 6 to 1 is ridiculous. Do you really think that in such a racially charged town that other whites would just sit there and let a white get beat???? The facts are so distorted it's a shame.

To those who are offended by others marching for equal rights, the truth hurts. Stop complaining, fact the facts, and join the fight.

Posted by: mac19802006 | September 22, 2007 3:13 AM | Report abuse

Dear KGATES1 do you really believe the bull that you are spilling out? You truly believe that all these people who went to Jena is on welfare and that is why they were able to go and march? It is evident that you never been on welfare because what you get to live on is less than the lowest taxable income. Now you missed the whole picture show on this, the reason that there was such an out cry is not because people did not think that the jena6 should not be ounish for their actions, but that there should be fair punishment for everyone. Yes it was wrong of the six black teens to jump the white teen, it was wrong for the white teen to taunt about an earlier beating that was received by one or more of the black teens by white adults (which a bottle was used and that said bottle was broken). It was wrong for the adults to attack the black teens, it was wrong for the white teen that had a shotgun and to pull it on the black teens, it was wrong for the white teen to go on school property with a load weapon. So we have all these wrongs but the corrected actions did not fit the crimes. If you fill that these six should go to jail for what they did, do you feel that the adults that attacked and beat the black teens should went to jail also instead of just one of them getting probation? Do you feel that the kid that pulled the shotgun on black teens should have went to jail for assult with a deadly weapon or was it fair that the black teen after a struggle took the weapon away from the white teen should have been charged with theft when the police arrived because he would not give the white kid back the shotgun? By the way the white kid was not charge for pulling the shotgun nor was he expelled for bring a weapon on school grounds. Please tell me whether or not you consider all that happen in Jena other than the six teens jumping the one white kid, the right punishment that fitted the crime. We all know that the six jumping on the wrong is wrong no matter what their skin color is. There are so many of you focus on just the fight with the Jena6 and the white teen you are not even looking or considering the other things that happen there... And you notice I was not harping on the noose or white tree.

Posted by: shadow_92111 | September 21, 2007 6:55 PM | Report abuse

biggtone sometimes the race card is use by black people when not warranted, but you have to understand our history in this country. We help build this country but was never given credit for our contributions. In fact we are a people with out a history other than slavery if you read the average american history books. For some reason any other ethnic group can get more acceptance than the average american black. Do that mean other ethnic groups do not get discriminated against of course not. But we are the only ethnic group where crack was introduced to our neighborhoods by the government. We are the only group who is constantly demonized by the media where the average white person believes all of us are on welfare, bleeding this country dry or we are all criminals, etc... There is a lot done to keep the different ethnic groups from along with whites from comming together as a people. You have the new buzz word of reverse discrimination, and that we as black folk are taking over the country. Now please explain to me how is 13% of the population going to take over the country? How is 13% over burden the welfare system, when you do not have 13% on welfare? How is it blacks are the only ones seem to do crime as far as you see from the media? The law of numbers alone would disprove that... Because you cannot tell me out 70 to 75% of population which is white is crime free. But what you have is a justice system that is not blind, and the color of your skin will determine what type of sentence you will receive. OJ Simpson was not a norm, but you have thank the Los Angels police dept for that (mishandling evidence, purjury on witness stand i.e. Mark concerning framing minorities etc) Do that excuss any black folk from commiting a crime of course not, but if one person that rob someone and get 20 years another person should not get 3 to 7 years for the same crime if their records are similar. To fix the problems in this country is that all people need to be included and people quit stressing about he is lighter than me he is darker than me, I am more superior brcause I one color vs another color, because it all is just a bunch of bull that we tell ourselves to feel like we are better than someone else.

Posted by: shadow_92111 | September 21, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree the white kids should be punished equally, if they were involved in a fight with a black kid and they were the instigators then punish them , however I have not seen that in any of the previous violence it was more than one on one. Again an AA poster calls the beating a high school fight, IT WAS NOT A FIGHT , IT WAS A BEATING, GET THAT THROUGH YOUR SKULL.Also a lot has been made of the hate crime of the nooses, personally I think it could be construed as a hate crime , but the US Attorney decided it wasnt, not the DA. Oh yeah , the US Attorney in question was African American, strange do'nt you think?
I think the other hate crime has been brushed under the carpet too, the violent beating dished out by 6 black youths on a single white youth, dont lose track of the real victim here ppl , no matter what your colour is.

Posted by: jtmo | September 21, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

These two things are completely diferent. People were outraged and offended by the hanging of a noose from a tree, this I understand. And to say that you were naive and didnt know what it meant is ridiculous.
BUT...deliberately going out and planning to beat a child/person because of his skin color and almost killing him is another issue.
Yes, both can be considered Hate Crimes, neither one supports the idea of a prank. The severity of the extent of each incident however calls for different punishments. It isn't about black or white, it's a difference between violence and non-violence, Attempted murder and simply being ignorant.

Posted by: tessi918 | September 21, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Racism will always exist in American. Its is the choice of an individual to accept all people as an equal to him/herself and you can't change someone's mindset. In 2007, hanging nooses is unacceptable and it is a hate crime. As for the teens involved in the fights. Both blacks and whites should been punished equally. There is severe injustice going on with this case right now. The things that happened are unacceptable. I teach my daughter that everyone is equal and to go by character alone and it hurts me to see when she encounters racism at the age of four. It all boils down to what we teach our children. To those who thinks all black people follow the REVS. Speak more wisely next time bc when they call I don't go running and packing up the bus! I am outraged at what has happened in Jena. Fairness was not practiced there. I am from NC and I see fairness not practiced everyday. I thought the lacrosse case here was unfair as well. I was just happy the guys saw justice. The same needs to happen in Jena. Before you speak out on whos wrong, put YOURSELF in their shoes and see what you would have done. The school was wrong for allowing it to happen. The DA was wrong for threatening the kids. The system is wrong for allowing children to be tried as adults for a school fight. Racism exists everywhere. Some people hide it and Some don't. I agree with every word that imbeav2000 said.

Posted by: lrobinson213 | September 21, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I think there is still a lot of racism from all sides, everywhere. And, unfortunately, there are those who are more easily offended and are quick to make this a political issue. I attended a high school where a great majority of the students were African-American. Unfortunately, it was OK for African-Americans to call out racial slurs to whites or others, but the moment anyone other than African-American would ever so slightly mention or gave hint at a racial remark it was really bad news, it made the front page. I have witnessed that generally when an African-American is treated indifferently many are quick to conclude there is a racial element involved. I have noticed other minorities are more tolerant to indifference and often times it goes unnoticed, I think this is another form of racism. Racism exist for all races, for whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, etc.. I think if we leave the racial issue aside, we would see justice is not being served. The so called "Jena 6" would be getting off the hook simply because someone turned this into a political issue. Reiterating on what the first writer pointed out, the fact that one of the African-American attackers already had a criminal history is not something to celebrate. While not certain, the "white tree" may not have been a racial issue; it could very well have been a clique of students. I think it was turned into a racial issue when the African-American students questioned this and were easily offended. Also, in response to the third writer, it's not that whites get a free ride, there are many other factors involved you did not analyze and your comments were solely based on emotion; if you want to add a racial element to this, consider O.J. Simpson, he is African-American and got away with murdering two whites. Again, my experience has been that in general, African-Americans, at the minimal sign of any racial element are quick to cry foul. Being a minority myself, I have lived through racial indifference, both in the U.S. and abroad. I've lived in 3 other countries outside the U.S. and have experienced this. I even had a situation where a white kid, while in high school here in the U.S., yelled out racial slurs and even punched me. But had I been African-American, I'm sure Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton would have visited my school. I think we are really missing the real issue. Being that I have friends from many races and nationalities I can only say this: though things are much better than they have been, yes, there is still some racial inequality out there, it comes from all sides, and I see that African-Americans are treated more sympathetically when they say I am a victim of racism. In addition, I think the more significant issue is not race, it's not skin color, or origin. I think it's more of a cultural and social background, it's about how we are brought up, it's about the environment we grow up in. You rarely hear about racism among professionals, businessmen, etc.. It's indifference often times caused by ignorance and social-economic conditions. Could indifference to the poor or uneducated be treated racism? Consider this, a number of years ago there were some white individuals in Vider, TX threating to lynch a black man who was, I believe, homeless. When this black man finally moved away from Vider to Houston, TX a few days later he was murdered by a black man.

Posted by: biggtone | September 21, 2007 9:48 AM | Report abuse

All of this internal hatred will continue as long as the head of countries like the President,Vice President continue to show blatant racism toward their citiczens and other countries. Remember 90% of the people will read and believe whatever, they are told. The other 10% are the leaders and independent thinkers alone they cannot change this problem. Racism will always exist especially in America b/c this is what they use to keep the people seperated. Can you Imagine all people in America getting alone. That will mean less Government and oversight. The majority of Judges and Prosecuters are Caucasian not by coincedence. Look at the Supreme Court 1 Black if you here him you would not believe that he is black.

Attorney General agaign white or hispanic. One of the smartest and brightest Legal minds was Black, Thurgood Marshall. Again when Marcus Garvey told us we should bolt we should have, but that slave mentality had us dependent on America. Well it is a new day we are not turning the other cheek. Believe me.

Posted by: slcade33 | September 21, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

All this 'it was only a schoolyard fight ' thing astounds me. If you watched CNN last night at 8pm EDT you would have found out that the white boy was knocked down and out by the 1st punch, the blacks then proceeded to stomp and jump on his head as he lay unconcious. That is not a 'schoolyard fight' that is a brutal beating. I agree the attempted murder charges are a joke , I also agree that it seems at least one of the boys was not involved in it and for the life of me I cant see why he was still charged, but this 'Mychal' seems to be a right little thug and deserves the harshest possible charges of battery against him.
As for the demonstrators , all the t-shirts with 'free the Jena 6' and free 'Mychal'. Why should he in particular be free, he has committed a brutal beating and the protesters including the good old tag team of the 'revs' want him freed? Let off because he's a poor misunderstood black boy? Bullcrap.
As for CNN's 'investigation' last night , I found it very pandering to the AA side , not enough balance. Just my opinion of course.

Posted by: jtmo | September 21, 2007 8:49 AM | Report abuse

What happened to the good ole days when boys were being boys which always included a good street fight; if school related, offenders on both sides were sent home and/or expelled for a week and parents called and urged to discipline their kids?
along with a parent meeting to discuss issues and causes to prevent further incidents???? Come on now, someone has to loose a fight, all are not fair but 22 years and a felony because the white kid lost the fight and was alone after previously being a part of a black kid fight and feeding the racism issue? What comes around goes around eventually.

The school has a responsibility to each and every student regardless of race to monitor potential incidences such as this and better yet to have the desire, insight and wisdom to be able to spot these issue.
Keep the parents in play at all time, PTA? is there still such a thing and yes, many parents have become very lax in their participation with their children and schools, so fine those guilty parents of
child neglect with intent of possible endangerment by their child trying to reach out for attention.....I am a single mother of 4 very different boys and you bet I devoted my life and all my energy to each and every one of them to monitor any potential problems I may have anticipated etc. because I took the stand that I brought them into this world and it was my responsibility to make sure they impacted the world and its surroundings with nothing but positive energy and if they chose to impart negativity to our surroundings then that was my job as well to rectify it at any costs. I feel this whole issue could have been rectified by having a meeting of the minds of both sides and parents along with school officials,if of course, there is some type of justice system in this small town of Jena and people are just plain good folks.
Dream on, I guess I am in my own little made up world..... what a shame!
Out
Jeanie Sewell

Posted by: kinisewell | September 21, 2007 7:48 AM | Report abuse

iwas a young girl when emmit till was killed i was in my 20 when the riots started in 1960.it is so sad to see this in 2007.the young men who instigated the ropes in a tree was wrong.the young blacks men were just as wrong but i have to put the blame where it belong on the parents this behavior is learned they are not born with this kind of attitude of intolrance and insensitvity to others.

Posted by: casinolove7 | September 21, 2007 7:09 AM | Report abuse

We do not need to let blacks or whites run all over each other there were 6 of them on one person plus chanting black power is a racial comment.

Posted by: shalll79 | September 21, 2007 4:56 AM | Report abuse

The thing some people are forgetting here is that there are other more effective ways to go about trying to stop segregation other than demonstration, namely vocal communication or discussion among all parties involved. It seems like the only communication that was used by both black and white juveniles here in Jena (at least from the reports I've seen) was demonstration and violence. If there's a problem (which there were many in this whole fiasco), talk it out and report it to the principal or other school board officials or local police authorities. If the punishment of hanging nooses was not severe enough for some people then take it up with higher authorities, but don't use violence as a means to an end. It serves no purpose other than injury and some hospital bills.

My other thoughts seem to be with the parents of these juveniles, both black and white. They should be the ones who should be most ashamed and most at fault at this point for the terrible mistakes and decisions their kids have made.

As for "alexis | September 20, 2007 11:03PM" suggestion that pretty much the same punishment should go for both an act of demonstration and an act of violence, I simply disagree. Violence should never be condoned in the same manner as a demonstration (no matter how degrading or racist). Once you resort to violence, you've broken the highest form of civilized order we have in our society and should be punished for the purpose of keeping it from happening again. Although non-violent acts of racism are demeaning, hurtful, disappointing etc., I choose to believe that those actions are not as equal as a physical act of violence. Neither gets anything accomplished in the way of progress but violence is more damaging than the other due to the physical nature of the act and should have a stronger punishment. I'm not saying that all the punishments in this mess were handled properly. I'm saying I have a problem with how "alexis | September 20, 2007 11:03PM" writes how she would have handled it.

Posted by: u2clay | September 21, 2007 1:53 AM | Report abuse

As I posted before if one of those kids were mine, between lawsuits and a$$ kickings Jena's D.A. wouldn't have much of a life left. Do not waste your time trying to compromise or debate with whitey, any white man or woman that says the wrong thing around me is instantly brutalized no matter what their professional status. There was no disease in N. America until whitey showed up and I treat them like a disease!!!

Posted by: jr7569 | September 21, 2007 1:23 AM | Report abuse

I must say that reading over most of the comments I am glad to see that most people are outraged by this incident. I think many of the posters that are commenting that Rev. Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are racist, I don't particularly believe that they are, however they were around when blatant racism was accepted and at it's worst and I'm not saying that makes it right, I'm just saying that experiences shape who you are and unfortunately it may make them rush to judgement. I do however believe that media attention should have been called to this situation because based on several incidences stated by some of the posters the punishment, which in some cases there wasn't any, doesn't seem to be very fair, is that racially motivated hmm... There are white posters that have the audacity to say that they don't have groups that back them, that's funny the justice system, as a matter of fact all systems have been founded by you, the NAACP was organized out of a strong need to address severe racism, when was the last time you had an issue to March about. As far as the Duke Lacrosse players go, if you are innocent you deserve to be acquitted and you could have marched for them but you didn't, as far as OJ goes I believe he would have been found guilty if it wasn't for the racist police, I believe it was primarily his fault OJ went free, I believe he should have been found guilty and as for Michael Jackson you see white fans crying for him not Blacks and Blacks aren't sending their children to his home for a little play time so they can sue later are they? The people that are supporting the Jena 6 are not saying that there should be no criminal action against them for their crime, just that the punishment should fit the crime and the charges did not. Don't try to make this into something it's not. The whole argument is for EQUAL JUSTICE. For the person that mentioned Reginald Denny remember although it was Blacks that committed the crime against him it was also Blacks that found him and called for help as with the Jena 6 March today it was majority Blacks there, but there were also whites that found this to be an injustice as well, are they pulling the race card too or running to the call of Sharpton and Jesse? For the idiot who mentioned symbolic speech and compared burning the American flag to hanging nooses, that's not free speech it's hate speech and no intelligent person would do either of those things. For the ignorant posters that fits the true definition of a N***** who stated that Blacks are on welfare and not working, therefore have time to rally and march, you must have missed CNN's coverage today. The racial demographics were 85 % White, 12% Black, I assume the rest was other, however the unemployment rate is 52% so I ask you who is sucking up the welfare system in Jena huh? Oh and to the idiot that mentioned rap, let's just say Eminem sold millions and the majority of his fans aren't Black and he made a song that degraded his own mother calling her a B**** and other things like wanting to murder her, trust me it's not just Blacks that listen to rap and by the way there are Blacks that don't like rap. You may hear some rap that degrades women, which is repulsive, but trust me it won't be there own mother that they are rapping about.. As for the confederate flag being heritage, do you also show everyone your medal for when you came in 8th place during your school spellingbee, No because losers shouldn't be waving flags. MOVE ON! We should get over slavery , you should get over the flag. Everyone needs to stand up for justice no mater you race and also challenge yourself to treat every person as an individual than judge them.

Everyone needs to stand up for justice no mater you race and also challenge yourself to treat every person as an individual, with tolerance and respect and pity those that still have their minds filled with senseless stupidity.


Posted by: k-matthews | September 21, 2007 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Why hasn't it been reported that the week the nooses were hung that the sports team at the school was playing an opponent with the mascot "Cowboys?" The theme for the week was "Hangem' High." The school colors were in the nooses. Why did it take three months for the Jena 6 to react to this? It seems there is much that goes unreported. Again, the bias of the news media and their attempts to sensationalize.

Posted by: altpowerwashers | September 21, 2007 12:53 AM | Report abuse

To RJatiny....

I have no problem with whites bearing a confederate flag. I have a problem with the motives of some whites that display it. Some use it as intimidation and to remind others of this country's racist past. While to others it just represents their history when this country was divided, north vs south.

Marvin Gaye said it best..."only LOVE will conquer HATE!"

Posted by: asset13th | September 21, 2007 12:11 AM | Report abuse

The entire is centered around judicial injustice. Lets get real here, Yes Mycal has juvenille record with some enlisting violent instances, but the real question here is does the crime he committed fit the punishment? Hell to the No!!! It is not my position to protest this as a black or white problem, this is a problem of fairness in the eyes of justice. How are you equally distributing justice when you are punishing an act of one group, but not the other. Whats the motivation? In this case their is no other motivation other than race its sad to say. Its not political gain, gender, nothin else I can think of...except race. Predjudice of this sort has got to stop, and it has to stop NOW, before it begins to effect our babies that have no idea what is transpiring. Peace

Posted by: etucker60 | September 21, 2007 12:11 AM | Report abuse

The DA at Jena needs to be fired and
disbarred!

Posted by: goldmanbobby | September 20, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone that would try to argue that
there isn't biased, disrespectful activities among the DA and the legal
system exemplifies why problems like
this exist today. Whenever there is
a disproportionate representatation of
others in the legal system, this type
of abuse occurs.

Posted by: goldmanbobby | September 20, 2007 11:55 PM | Report abuse

I HAVE BEEN READING ALL THESE COMMENTS FOR HOURS BUT THE ONE THAT GRABBED ME WAS SPARROWJOSEFS COMMENTS ABOUT THE KKK AND CONFEDERATE FLAG. THE LAST TIME I CHECKED THE KKK WASNT INVOLVED AT ALL OR THE CONFEDERATE FLAG FOR THAT MATTER BUT HEY YOU GOTTA BLAME WHITE AMERICA FOR SOMETHING SO YOU USE THESE 2 TOPICS AND RALLY THE TROOPS(PROTESTORS)?THE CONFEDERATE FLAG IS A PIECE OF AMERICAN HISTORY,YES HISTORY, NOT A HATE TOOL! WHY IS IT THAT IF A PERSON WHO IS PROUD OF WHO THEY ARE,WHATEVER THE COLOR OR RACE OF THAT INDIVIDUAL,ITS ACCEPTED AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT WHITE?WHY IS IT WHEN A WHITE AMERICAN SAYS IM PROUD OF MY HERITAGE OR HISTORY THEY ARE LABELED RACISTS? DONT FORGET THAT THERE ARE STILL BLACK PANTHERS OUT THERE AS WELL YET YOU FAILED TO MENTION THAT BUT DID BRING UP THE KLAN. YOUR AS RACIST AS ANYONE AND YOUR COMMENTS REFLECT THAT AND THATS YOUR RIGHT,BUT DONT CRY FOUL WHEN YOUR DOING EXACTLY WHAT YOUR COMPLAINING ABOUT.IF AMERICA IS SO BAD AND YOU FEEL SO MISTREATED AND ABUSED WHY DONT YOU LEAVE AND GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY THATS SO MUCH BETTER? IVE BEEN TREATED UNFAIRLY BEFORE HOWEVER NO ONE,NOT AL SHARPTON,JJ,NAACP,OR EVEN THE KKK HELPED OR CARED ABOUT ME, THINK ABOUT IT, THATS ALL I ASK.

Posted by: rjatiny | September 20, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I listed the timeline earlier in hopes of clearing up some misunderstandings and thus, hopefully enabling more intelligent comments.

Let me again list a short(er) timeline:

1. Black student asks for & receives permission to sit under a whites only tree. (Why is there a whites only tree in 2007???)

2. The next morning there are 3 nooses hanging from the tree. The principal finds the 3 white students responsible & tries to get them expelled. The school board overrules it and the superintendent backs them. The 3 students get 3 days in-house suspension.

3. White students jump & beat up a black student.

4. Another white student confronts another black student at a gas station in front of the black student's friends. The argument gets heated & the white student runs off to get his pistol-grip shotgun out of his truck. The black student follows him and wrestles him for control. The friends of the black student take the gun which the black student inadvertently kept.

The black student was arrested & charged with 3 counts.

5. 1 of the white students from #3 was overheard bragging about that black student getting beaten up. Later that day the same white student was jumped.

6 black students, 2 of which were not physically involved, are charged (as adults) with attempted 2nd degree murder and conspiracy to commit the same. Later, the charges are dropped to aggravated 2nd degree battery and conspiracy to commit the same with one of the students no longer being charged as an adult.

TO AVOID ALL OF THIS, the original 3 students should have been expelled for their racially-motivated hate crime. Since they weren't and were only punished with 3 days in-house suspension, the others should face extremely lenient punishments as well. For hanging 3 nooses, you get 3 days in-house suspension. So, for being in 1 fight you should get 1 day in-house suspension for EVERYONE that was involved...except the black student that was beat up by the white kids and the white student beat up by the black kids. Its that simple!

If the noose incident isn't going to be handled in court, then neither should the fights (one of which really isn't being discussed at all) since they were a result of that incident.

Posted by: alexis | September 20, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Burning the flag, marching in the streets, hanging nooses from a tree - all freedom of speech. Beating someone for expressing freedom of speech - hate crime. Amazing, when a black gets beat, blacks defend the black. When the blacks do the beating, the stinking blacks still defend the blacks. I guess no matter what side of the law a black is on, he is the victim. Oh and by the way, why don't we just leave all the protesters and the jenna 6 there in Lousiana. After all it is a "CHOCOLATE" city and that's where they belong not here mixing with the vanillas

Posted by: sspecops0 | September 20, 2007 10:58 PM | Report abuse

For anybody who cares to know the facts of the Jena unrest....CNN's reporter Kyra Phillips did an investigation into the facts of Jena, beginning with the initial confrontation. It aires on CNN tonight - or check CNN.com.

Now for my unsolicited opinion: Fact is Our country has 2 judicial systems, one for the rich and one for the black & poor. Just because you are white doesn't mean "you have a get out of jail free card". It depends on how much money you have. However, given the same social status, more often than not, a black person will be judged harsher - which is what happened in this case. They were all wrong and if the 6 black young men were given the same sentence that the white young man was given (the one who hit the black guy over the head at a party)which was fine & probation, I wouldn't be writing this. Unequal and unfair.

Posted by: necie | September 20, 2007 10:36 PM | Report abuse

was not the D.C. sniper supposed to be white? Blacks still deny that it was Wayne Williams killing young black men in Atlanta.
maybe he was a Hutu and they were Tutsi's.
which is more racist, saying the N word or being told you can't say it because of your race, after all the Irish were the first nigga's in this country or at least the first being called that. personally I refuse to let a solitary word bother me, that would be giving "the power" to the person saying it.
as for justice in this country, thats a joke! a black man driving a ferrari, he must have stolen it . a white man with a black woman, she must be a hooker.
If you want to open a real can of worms just start paying AA restitution for their ancestors being slaves, then we can start paying the ancestors of the plantations owners restitution for their property that was taken away with the signing of the emancipation proclamation.
I don't know the name of the young white person beaten by six blacks , I'll just call him Reginald Denny.

Kaptain Kurt

Posted by: kapt.kurt | September 20, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Why hasn't any hate crime statute been used, if six white kids attacked a black or minority person an that includes gays, it would have been an immediate hate crime.
I am tired of Al Sharpton banging the pots and pans of black issues, every time his face is shown Tawana Brawley should be mentioned. The press has no problem bringing up OJ Simpsons past when talking about his current situation. How many of these kids that have attended this rally even know the name Tawana Brawley. The press has annointed Sharpton the head sabre rattler for Minority causes. He has lied publicly in that past, simple fact. Al Sharpton is no Desmond Tutu. The press loves to stir this up and look as though the black community is pristine and almost incapable of hate and violence, can you say LA riots. History is never mentioned about the black community except when racism and slavery are mentioned. Who can recall Marvin Kunlser use the black rage defense when a black male shot at will on a NYC subway, oh, did I mention that the black male was not born or raised in USA.
Who else talks about the Crown Heights riots in NYC when a Jewish ambulance driver killed a small black child and then was quickly escorted out of the country. What was the black response then? The press loves of a good story and scandal has such a short memory concerning blacks and violence against other ethnicities and religions. Some have called this a merely a schoolyard fight, I have been in several school yard fights, they are 1 on one or even odds, not a 6 to 1 jumping, yes a jumping. Also mentioned is the fact the white student beaten attended a function later that eve and seems dissmissive that he did so, maybe he had heart and resolve not to hide or cower to these thugs and bullies. If the kid was black the press would have followed him to that event fawning over his guts and determination.He would have been held up as an example of courage and strength. Lets exaone fact, intent is all thats needed to constitute a crime, if I pull a gun and no one is shot, I can still be charged with a heinous crime regardless of injury or outcome.

Posted by: haroldcstewart | September 20, 2007 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey hazydays97 before you start to 'generalize" others you need to get some facts straight.

Their was in open court testimony from a teacher that 1 or 2 of the young men were not involved in the fight, they were in the vicinity, but did not participate. And since when is a "NOOSE" a school symbol? That is where most of this trouble started, at the school. The school board did not back the principal up, so the Whites felt they got one over, and the Blacks were not respected.

As for the "REV's" they do not speak for all black people. Their are a lot of us who are educated enough to look at the facts and react with caution and hope that the right thing will occur. But as the Constitution permits us (yes it applies to people of color to your dismay) we can protest PEACEFULLY and bring light to a wrong deal. But we do live in a 2 tier justice system, that you cannot deny. The rich get off and the poor do not, no matter skin color or hue.

I do agree the media is too "easily" swayed when the "REV's" speak, because the media is controlled by whites who are affraid if they miss this type of story they will lose their creditabilty and seem soft. LIberal media caters to them.

The racial divide is starting to grow again. Their is a bigger issue than the JENA 6, their are National issues that are currently being ignored. We as a nation that have too many things on our plate, and some things may get missed, and lead to something far bigger than the JENA 6. But to me this may the beginning of something that may result in far more damage than any of us can imagine.

I am not asking for their freedom, but a FAIR AND JUST TRIAL, but a jury of their peers, but in Juvenile court where this case truly belongs.

I am glad when I got into school yard fights I did not have someone who wanted to ruin my life just to make a name for ones self.

PEACE from TN

Posted by: ref95 | September 20, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I have never considered myself to be prejustice, but i see on a daily basis the differences that are made, concerning Jena 6, what is the matter with everybody, a boy was almost beaten to death, when did that become a black or white thing, it's called the difference between right and wrong. I wonder if it was turned around, would the black community be acting this way? OH! wait a minute would Jackson, or Sharpton have their noses in it saying "it's all racial". in my opinion in the black community, their way of thinking is let's go commit some crimes! it'll be ok we can just plead racial discrimination.

Posted by: joann_mink1971 | September 20, 2007 8:49 PM | Report abuse

THE JENA 6 SHOULD BE BE CHARGED...MOST BLACKS COMPLAIN ABOUT EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING ALWAYS RACIST WITH THEM. THE WHITE KIDS SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY CHARGES FOR WHAT. . . SYMBOLIC SPEECH . . . ALMOST EVERYONE HAS HEARD OF THE FIST AMENDMENT. . RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH .. THERE IS ALSO SOMETHING CALLED SYMBOLIC SPEECH ... IF WE CAN BURN AN AMERICAN FLAG. NOT THAT I WOULD. BUT IF I COULD WHY SHOULDENT I BE ABLE TO HANG A NUSE OVER A TREE.

Posted by: cesarperez323 | September 20, 2007 8:47 PM | Report abuse

The "Reverends" Jackson and Sharpton are in Jena only for purposes of self-promotion, and to sow their messages of hatred and perpetual victimhood

There IS racism and discrimination in America (and throughout the world, for that matter), but a great deal of it is perpetuated by the likes of Jackson and Sharpton - it delights them, especially when the media cooperates so willingly to create a frenzy like we're seeing in Jena - hatred is their business, after all, and they'd be out of work if it disappeared. The comparison of this circus going on today - a manufactured, mass-media event - with the courage and determination of Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, and others is an insult to those REAL Civil Rights pioneers.

The attempted mudrer charges may have been rather harsh, but then again, murder is exactly what these kids had in mind when SIX of them courageously ganged up on one individual and beat him senseless... Poor mistreated Mychal Bell, a fine young man (known locally for beating a young woman's eyeballs from her skull, exposing himself and urinating in class, etc.) is the REAL victim here, of course...

Black people have no chance, it's true - when their "leaders" tell them, from cradle to grave, that they need take NO responsibility for their actions...

Posted by: hazydays97 | September 20, 2007 7:56 PM | Report abuse

As a "Yankee" and AA, I just moved to the South 2 months ago.

This case to me would not be happening if the DA and the school officials took the seriousness of the nooses on the tree at the school. None of us ever heard of Jena. LA until recently. It most likely was any other Southern town, has it issues, but they dealt with it the best they could.
What amazes me that in the trial you had a an all white jury. Now black people live in the town why wasn't at least one jury member of color? The defense attorney should have fought hard for that, evidently he missed a few days of law school on jury selection.

The DA in my opinion has dropped the ball. Since when does a school yard fight become attempted murder, with no "weapons" being used. I am sure all around this country their are school yard fights and I am sure attempted murder cahrges are not filed, but I may be wrong.

The young man in jail should be out since his charges and conviction was overturned. Seems to me the DA missed a whole lot of schooling, or he feels the Constitution doesn't apply to black folks.

By the way where is the ACLU in this? They are so damn busy protecting non-Americans and here we have an American incarcirated without charges and conviction overturned.

I do applaud those who went down and protested peacefully, I wish I could be there, I think history is being made. But I also fear that these marches are going to gear back up again, because I am sure their are double standards all over the South,as well as the rest of the country.

P.S. The "REV" suggested that Congress look into this, they have enough on their plates, leave them out of it.

Peace from TN

Posted by: ref95 | September 20, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

WOW! sure am glad I am white..............and live in Oregon. We are not racist out here, we will hang just about anyone.

Posted by: pdiddiy | September 20, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I am a European living in the south, been here for 6 yrs so I have not personally been involved in any racist situations.
I find it amazing that several people have mentioned the 'reverends' Jackson and Sharpton's shortcomings and have yet to be answered. In my opinion as an 'outsider' I have never came accross 2 more racist people in all my readings. The Duke lacrosse case, Jackson decides to pay for the poor black strippers education because she has been violated by these rich white boys, (before trial of course , what happened to innocent until proved guilty?)I also saw that after the Duke boys were acquitted the good 'reverend' refused to apologise to them regarding his ill judged comments , all he could do was mumble through an embarrasing interview by Anderson Cooper on CNN (watched it today for research purposes). He also didnt seem to know whether he was still paying for the poor black strippers education or not. (I would want to know where my money was going).
So now he has another bandwagon to jump on , I have read the background of this case, seems a lot of blame is to be levelled at the DA for not treating assault as being fair on both sides , but as for the noose thing, the DA says that there is no LA law that covers this proposed offence, not that there is a law for black or white, just no law. What do the good 'revs' want the man to do? Make up a law to suit them?
Now to the beating, not a high school fight, this was a beating.6 on 1 smacks of cowardice in an extreme and I hope they all get the maximum penalty for it under the correct charge of battery of which ever level the DA sees right. Attempted murder was an absolute joke charge.
Now to my 1st point. Can any of the African American posters please tell me why Jesse Jackson will not admit to being wrong? Oh almost forgot, how is being too white a bad thing for Barrak Obama? Surely the good rev isnt being racist.
On a final note , if this beating had been 6 white kids on 1 AA kid there would be outcries for a hate crime to be pursued, I think the same applies here too , don't you?

Posted by: jtmo | September 20, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm 16, and I go to a High School where we are ALL racially integrated and it saddens me to see people blame this on only black people, or only white people. The truth is, EVERYONE is damaged by racism. There's racism among the whites, racism among the blacks, racism among asians ect ect...So instead of shifting blame from one race to the other why can we all just love each other? Does it matter that my skin color is yellow, white, or black? Does it matter when we all breath the same air and eat the same food? I think we need to stop placing so much emphasis on race and more on love. As a person of neither white nor black race, I have experienced racism from BOTH races. But I tally it up to the INDIVIDUALS not the entire race. People should realize that when racism happens, it's a blow to us all. Whites who aren't racist get dirty looks and blacks get tallied up to calling "wolf". EVERYONE needs a reality check.

Posted by: Aine_zhou | September 20, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

What we are all failing to realize here is that just as the african american people,(which I am a member of) are protesting that this is racism, we ourselves are being racist too. I would have never in my life thought that I would see the day that so may members of my race would rise together to support wrong doing. What ever happened to raising our children in the way that they are to go? Is this setting an example? Why could we not all rally together for a good cause? The point is that we need to stop excusing ours and our children's wrong doings. Rather than protesting to let the jena 6 go why don't we protest to prosecute the other students who committed crimes also. It is so much easier to say let ours go and when it happens what would that teach our young black man besides if you get into trouble and beat a man to death, as long as he is white we will get together and bail you out baby! I just know that if it was my kid that they beat almost to death like that I would want them punished to the full extent of the law. If we all looked at the situation like that I think we would all get a wake up call. Just as we can imagine that being our son that they beat the crap out of and want justice to be served that boy is someone's son and im sure she wants justice to be served. And for the blogger who said that boy deserved what he got, no he did not, however he did deserve what God had for him not what the jena 6 did.

In total disbelief in AZ

Posted by: carnella1 | September 20, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I am in awe today, once again, of the African Americans in the United States. I am at the same time disapointed with the European Americans. The AF's are amazing when they believe injustice is happening to one of their brethern. Busses are rented, food and beverages are packed, work and school is left behind as they go the one who needs media attention to undo the percieved injustice. Their un-elected leaders (Jackson and Sharpton) merely call out and the AF's come in a steady stream of busses to whatever place...no matter how small...they are needed. Somebody, rents port-a-potties and even makes sure there are drums to accompany their march from the busses to the listening/eating areas. It seems so efortlessly organized! Like the plan is always ready to dust off and set in motion. All the TV and newspaper folks from the national level to small towns (who catch a rides the buses from thier town) show up to tell the story to the world.
Now, I am so dissapointmed and let down by the European Americans because they don't know to get themselves on a bus to go anywhere. Or, how to pack food...unless there are places to park the SUVs and set up the grills for some tailgating. EA's don't march to the beat of any drum (unless they were the band type in high school). And there are not any elected, much less non-elected leaders they would show up for...goodness gracious they don't even have a White Caucus in Congress.
So those college boys at Duke were very lucky their parents had worked hard to amass money and had some friends that would loan them some money to get thier sons some help...cause no way was there going to be a European American March for those boys!

Posted by: presentco | September 20, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

My fellow Americans, open your eyes and open your minds. Listen to the trees where black men were hung from. Listen to the wind as it carries the cries of black women and children as they watched many a noose break the neck and silence another black soul.....as those of your skin sat and watched with no thoughts of justice, but hate and evil.
My fellow Americans, who sit idly by and are so glad that it is not you on the other end of social injustice in every form, fashion, and persuation, you should look in the mirror past your own delusions.
My fellow Americans, racisim is not a choice. It is a system used against another race to oppress them and keep them "in their place". Racisim is placed within every bastion of this America against black people that descended from this America's slaves. Not Africans by way of Africa. Not Asians, by way of Asia even though they slaved to lay down the great railroads that cover this America. Not Europeans from any part of Europe, for their ancestors have passed on their wealth as well as their hate that divides us all today.
My fellow Americans, Hate is learned from generation to generation, always with the chance of esclations in violence and despair. What would a white child of the modern day need to know about hanging a noose in the way that would invoke such a respose from their counterparts in such a way that blood would be shed? From the fellow Americans called their parents. They in turn get it from their parents who were here before any civil rights was ever heard of for "niggas" as the southerners say.
My fellow bigots and prejudiced Americans, you are both black and white, yellow, brown, red and mixed, but the only one of this group that controls anything are the whites. And they know it. They have written the rules. They have allowed those rules to be tainted and skewed. A black person can never be racist in America. If Nelson Mandela, upon his release from prison turned Aparthied on the whites that used it against him and the other blacks as he was President of South Africa, then he would be practicing racism.
My fellow Americans, it should not be about race. But we all know it to be true. It is the dividing line. It eats away at this country of ours....from the inside. Public Education fails because whites do not want their kids around blacks. So "white flight" took them away to private schools catering to them in every way. Public Health is left in shambles as government run hospitals in impoverished areas are left to fall to ruin(see King-Drew). The justice system has been privatized and outsourced away from state or federal oversight with laws enforced only on people of color. You must be dumb a@@ sh(* to get caught up in a justice system that was made to protect you, my fellow American.
To those who are not black and are not white. Stay out of the way. Do not choose sides in a war you know nothing about, unless you educate yourself for your own understanding, but please....do not get in the way for you will only cause more pain and confusion. This includes you, Africans. This includes you Europeans.
My country tis of thee. Not a sweet land of liberty, of thee i weep. Land where my fathers died, hanging from nooses tree high, from plantation to plantation, hear the slaves sing......in 2007?
I want to thank my fellow white and black Americans that say "get over it"... you know who you are? Yes, I will get over it. When I see white America get over being violent, taking revenge, skirting their owns laws imposed on blacks of all ages, when there is no more jim crow hiding behind credit checks and police records, when the war on drugs puts away the true source that has been eroding the black community (thanks CIA, FBI, JFK,MLK). When politicians get scrutinized more than a black athelete. When blacks and whites live on the both sides of town and commerce and community intertwine so all can live a good life. When the n-word has lost it's power to invoke pain and fear from a white-persons mouth! When we all see that it is not about just being fellow Americans.... we are all human beings and should treat each other as such. No matter if it is the Jena6 or the victims of Katrina.
Everything starts in the house that slaves built, but is colored white. I will get over it when my fellow "white" Americans get over being white and happy that they are not black!

Posted by: twoineonly | September 20, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Im originally from La, Jonesville, a small town not far from Jena. I didnt personally encounter racism until I was in my 20's. Which occured in Alabama. Im currently 32. The Jena 6 debacle should not have gotten to this point. The school system and justice system failed. (1)Nooses should never have been hung..those who did it should be punished..just like cross burnings. (2) All those individuals involved in the fighting should have been expelled from school...white & black.

I just want to applaud the ones who blogged and spreaded the word thru emails and word of mouth. The rally today should not be credited to Sharpton or Jackson. To those that think Sharpton and Jackson represent all Black Americans..you are mistaken.

We as Americans should not stand or sit quietly for any form of injustice. I will be the first to admit that I would protest with my gay brothers and siters, with my white friends, with those of other faiths if I thought an injustice occured. A threat to justice one place is a threat to justice everywhere and to anyone.

Posted by: asset13th | September 20, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

A lot of these posts make me sad, very sad. First of all, there is racism from all sides of the fence. Even though some African Americans may feel justified in discriminating against all whites that they meet, it is still racism. That being said, I don't believe that you have to be black, or even a minority to see that racism is still very alive in all parts of our nation. I think that what happened to the youth of Jena is a disgrace. Their civil rights were infringed upon countless times, and it was flat out ignored. You can only harm somebody so many times before they finally find justice for themselves. I think that the school administrators, the school board, and the justice (or lack of) officals that were involved in this case showed a gross amount of neglect and delivered a miscarriage of justice. Should those 6 boys be punished for ganging up on their "victim", yes. But the white children who beat up the black student should also be punished. The white man who threatened the black teens with a gun should have been arrested. Instead, the blacks teens were arrested for taking his gun away from him. Who wouldn't take a gun away from somebody who is pointing it at them??? And what about the black teen who was assaulted with the broken bottle? Anyone who says that this case is not about color is either very ignorant, or just flat out doesn't want to see the truth.
I am a bi-racial young woman. I am of Hispanic and Caucasian decent, and I feel like I need to say that not all white people are racist. All whites seemed to be lumped into the same category, "they don't care" or "they don't want to see the truth" or "they are racist". My family grew up in poverty levels and being one of the only light skinned girls in a mosty minority neighboorhood was hard. I was picked on, beat up, and harassed on a daily basis. I say this because I feel like people need to know that racism exists in all aspects. But, I do stand behind the Jena 6 and every other person who has faced an unjust legal system. I pray that as a nation we will one day be binded from the enemey's greatest tool, hate. I pray that all the National attention that is going to this one community will bring local attention to everyone about not just black and white, but right and wrong.

Posted by: deejaycee21 | September 20, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

This is the most tragic thing that has happened this century as far as racisim goes. I see post by people stating that because one of the defendants in this case had a prior record he deserves to be in jail. Lets take a look at Louisiana Law according to
Art. 483.
Allegations of prior convictions

If it is necessary to allege a prior conviction in an indictment, it is sufficient to allege the name or nature of the offense and the fact, date, and court of the conviction.
**Key Word CONVICTION**
An indictment shall not contain an allegation of a prior conviction of the defendant unless such allegation is necessary to fully charge the offense.

I dont see any where that showes that he was convicted of that prior crime so why is it being brought up. I believe that fair is fair, and right is right. If true justice is served then I so be it. But lets not make this a witch hunt nor try to make a name for yourselves. I did not agree with the first charges, but when the charges were lessened. That I can agree with; however I think at this point a change of venue is in order and I think a special prosecutor needs to be brought in to handle the case. It is apparent that this DA can not handle the situation at hand. Therefor this is why it has become the issue of politics now...Not the issue of justice

Posted by: cjd_wilson | September 20, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

1. Black student asks school principal for permission to sit under "whites only" tree.

2. Principal says yes, sit where you want to sit.

3. Black students sit under the tree.

4. Next day 3 nooses are hanging from the tree.

5. Principal figures out the 3 white students who hung the nooses and recommended them for expulsion.

6. School board overruled & superintendant upheld them.

7. Students suspended (in-house) for 3 days.

8. White students beat up one of the black students that sat under the tree.

9. Black students at a local gas station get confronted by a white student. An argument started between one of the black students and the white student. The white student ran to his pick-up truck to get his pistol-grip shotgun. The black student wrestled the white student for the gun. The other black students took the gun from them. The black student did not give the gun back.

10. The black student was charged with:
theft of a firearm
2nd degree robbery
disturbing the peace

11. 1 of the white students (the next week) was overheard bragging about being one of the ones that beat up the black student on the previous Friday (not the gas station incident).

12. Later that day the same white student (not the gas station incident) was beat up by 6 black students.

13. Same white student went to a school event later that evening (after being treated at the hospital).

14. 6 black students get charged (as adults) with:
attempted 2nd degree murder
conspiracy to commit same

15. After a lot of media attention charges reduced to (with Bell --a black student-- no longer being charged as an adult):
**aggravated 2nd degree murder
conspiracy to commit same

**sneakers/tennis shoes Bell was wearing were considered a deadly weapon

Posted by: alexis | September 20, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm a black high school student and I'm girl and I live in a city in the Heart of GA nicknamed the 'Internatioal City' because of the Air Force base and of the different Races that live there. I expericed racism before because when i was in the 7th grade I had a white friend who parents didn't like me because I was black. They did not care about my staright A's or that i had never been in trouble before. They called me a monster and they threatened me if contuined to be friends with their daugter. I was hurt by this because I was always taught to judge by charater not by skin color. I was arressted at a football game because I and my white friend were running from a fight that broke out in front of us, a fight that I WAS NOT IN.I was let off when my white friends came and told the officer that I was with him going to get snacks and not part of the fight. The cop didn't even say sorry he said, 'I fit the decripsion. I was 14 when this happened and I was slammed into the ground by this officer when he was arresting me. He wasn't even listening to me he was calling back up because he said I was 'violent and resisting arrest' when in truth I was crying and telling him that he was hurting me and I wasn't doing anything.

Also, my sister is half white even though her constant tanning

After 9/11 (I was 11 and in the 6th grade), I was treated like a traitor because I still had Islamic friends. Most of them girls who wore the heavy robes that covered their bodies( the kids at my school were hateful to them because their parents told them that they were all evil) Like I said earlier, my mother and father told me never to jugde others by the race or skin or what they believed in. I told the kids who were picking on them that it was others, not them( the girls and boys) who hurt all those people. some listened others didn't.

This case angers me because all of you are calling all the boys children or men. Five of the 6 were 16 at the time and the other was 14. the other boy was 16 too. The white boy taunted them and it was a provoked fight. Before that, a group of white students and white men beat up a black boy and one had a gun and when the boy took the gun away, he was charged with robbery while the white boys and men were charged with a fine and simple battery. If they got off with battery, why didn't the Jena 6 as well? Shoes count as a deadly weapon but a gun doesn't? Justice is blind but I know she is not stupid nor is she deaf.

And what does Bell having a past reacord have anything to to with this? And you are calling the teens a gang. They were not some gansters who planned to beat this teen. Also the black teens of Jena did do a peaceful protest but were threatened by police and the DA and they broke it up.

Also, I asked my white friends if they thought hanging nooses from a tree was a joke. They all said no and the people who did that should've been punished more. One them named K.W. said who said that hanging nooses was a joke is very sick and I agree with him.

So today at my school majoraty of the students: white, black, asian, muslim, hispanic, and even the exchange students from different parts of the world wore black today or signs or t-shirts saying 'Stop the Injustice and the Raceism. We are all equals.' And others shirts said 'We are are all one race, Human! Stop the Violence!' We all agreed that this was about race, social standards, and power. As a teen, I am saddened that the racism that was around when my mom was a little girl is still here.

Why can't we all just get along?

Posted by: setosnicegirl | September 20, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The previous post by: Posted by: truhrig | September 20, 2007 05:05 PM IS an example of the emotions, and not logical thinking, taking control of so many people.

Do you see the hatred and contempt from this persons post? Do you see the arrogance of it? That, people, is the problem with all of this.

What does that poster thinks justifies those 6 attackers actions? Again, someone completely missed the point of all of this. I guess the white kid is guilty of, well I guess being white. And I guess, since the attackers were black and they live in the south, so full of hatred towards blacks, that it is open season on white people? After all, the white people in the south are guilty of being white and living in the south. NOBODY of any race deserves the beating of what the white student experienced. Nobody, black or white.

Posted by: longfugui45 | September 20, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I THINK ITS A SHAME THAT RACE IS BEING BLAMED ON THIS MATTER INSTEAD OF THE ACTIONS OF THE 6 YOUTHS,NO ONE SEEMS TO BE REMEMBERING THAT!ALSO JESSE JACKSON AND AL SHARPTON CALL THIS A HATE CRIME WHEN THE RACES ARE REVERSED,INTERESTING ISNT IT THAT TO THEM ITS A HATE CRIME IF THE VICTIM IS BLACK,ITS NOT A HATE CRIME IF THE VICTIM IS WHITE,WHOSE THE RACIST NOW AL AND JESSE? I DIDNT SEE EITHER ONE OF THEM STANDING UP FOR THE DUKE LACROSSE PLAYERS WHO WERE BEING TRIED AND THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS WERE AT RISK, BUT THEN AGAIN I HAVE NEVER SEEN AL SHARPTON,JESSE JACKSON, OR THE NAACP EVER STAND UP FOR A WHITE HUMANS CIVIL RIGHTS.TO THEM ITS WRONG TO BE RACIST, JUDGE SOMEONE ON THEIR SKIN COLOR,AND DISCRIMINATE HOWEVER THEY WILL AND DO IT TO WHITES ON A DAILY BASIS,HEY JESSE YOU SAID OBAMA ACTS LIKE HES WHITE, WHAT PART OF THAT ISNT RACIST? IF ITS GONNA BE FAIR THEN BE FAIR, IF ITS GONNA BE REAL THEN KEEP IT REAL,FOR EVERYONE,AND ALSO I UNDERSTAND THE NOOSE THING UPSETTING PEOPLE HOWEVER THE LAST TIME I CHECKED ITS NOT AGAINST THE LAW TO HANG A NOOSE(LIKE IT OR NOT)FROM A TREE,BUT IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO GANG BEAT UNCONCIOUS ANOTHER HUMAN BEING, WHITE OR BLACK!!! MYCHAL BELL IS NOT A CHOIR BOY AL,DONT TRY TO MAKE HIM OUT TO BE ONE, IF I WERE IN JAIL ON THE SAME CHARGES WOULD YOU,JESSE, AND ALL THE OTHERS COME AND PROTEST FOR ME?

Posted by: rjatiny | September 20, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The post by: Posted by: shepherc | September 19, 2007 10:02 PM is one of the better posts here.

Most of the black posts are emotional and racist and completely miss the point of all of this. Just as many of the white posts are also emotional and racist. By the way, I've never met anyone, white or black, who was not a racist in one regard or another. And if you think you are not, think about it hard, very hard....

Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton are both without a doubt racist. I've met no white person and very few black people who think otherwise. It's pretty much a majority of thought out there. They both cause more problems than they do in getting results. People should do some research on both of them, you may be surprised at what you find out.

Now for the issue at hand and what actually caused all this fervor. Months AFTER the noose in the tree, 6 "African-Americans" jumped/ganged up on 1 "European-American" (I must be PC on my descriptions you know). Kicking him while he lay unconscious. Cowardly and beastly this attack was. (If the color was reversed you would still see Jesse and Al there, but for the COMPLETE opposite reason, such hypocrites they are.)

Were their charges too harsh? Yes, probably. Have their charges been reduced to better fit the crime, yes. But regardless they did do what they did, it cannot be excused FOR ANY REASON. You cannot, in a reasonable and logical fashion argue that "nooses from a tree several months earlier", or "another black person getting beat up" or "50 years ago this sort of thing happened", as an excuse for the boys crime. A 1-on-1 school yard fight, is a school yard fight. A 6-on-1 brutal beating is far more. This does justify the hate crime law being used. I hope Mr. Sharpton pushes for the "hate crime" and feds to become involved. Because without a shadow of a doubt the 6 black youths will be guilty.

Did Jesse and Al visit the beaten white kid? Did they show remorse for being attacked like he was, because he is white? Or does their "racism" only see one color?

And for those of you who keep blasting the south for racism.....wake up folks, racism is alive and well even in the north. It's in every country in the world and every culture. It doesn't mean it's right, because it's not. But it's there, everywhere and from all colors and races.

And oh, by the way, the beaten white kid should pursue civil rights violations against the 6 attackers, and all those in government, including others like Jesse and Al, if the "Jena 6" are not punished due to their involvement in having them not punished. For attempted murder, no. For a hate crime, yes.

I believe that God is looking down upon all of this, and all of us, and shaking His head and thinking, "poor fools, they are ALL fools".....

Posted by: longfugui45 | September 20, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, the black students in this school had to ask for permission to sit under a "whites only" tree? Seriously?? As if the Confederate flag debate and segregated proms that still exist aren't despicable enough? The inability of this part of our country to progress is truly appalling. You can rant all you want about your issues with Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Michael Vick, O.J., or whomever, or you can bring up the allegedly "horrific" things these kids did in the past (Really, he knocked her eyeball out? I heard it was both eyeballs and her tongue too!), but this is all irrelevent. It simply does nothing to justify the situation. I won't pretend to have a solution, though. Clearly this stems from a mentality passed from one Southern generation to the next, and unfortunately change can only come from within. Oh well, maybe in another 50 years the South will show signs of letting go of their intensely racist roots. But can we at least reduce their Electoral Votes until then? Anyone with me here?

Posted by: truhrig | September 20, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Living in Louisiana almost all my life, I can guarantee you that it's far from true that Louisiana is free from racism against blacks. Also, in my experience, when someone starts talking about blacks being racist, what they most likely mean is that in their opinion blacks have not shown enough obeisance to them.

Institutional racism, personal prejudice, and racial hatred co-exist here with more enlightened ideas about race relations. The picture is further complicated by a virulent streak of hatred for the poor on the part of some on the extreme right.

The bright spot is that there are also many good-hearted people of both races who accept responsibility for ending our racial animosities, and work hard toward that goal.

Please don't judge all of Louisiana by what's happened in Jena. It's shocking to us, too.

Posted by: layne | September 20, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

It is easy to point fingers and turn a blind eye for some who have posted comments here today. You cannot fathom what it feels like to be "other" in America until you have walked a mile or more in those other shoes. Jena 6 is a tragedy beause it shows that we as a race, the HUMAN race have overcome nothing. There is focus o the six against one and how horrible it was for him to be beaten. What about the one who was beaten at the party by several (no exact number has been given). Where is the justice there? See this for what it is~ racial injustice against the children of Jena, ignorance allowed to prevail and poison the minds of the future of our country. All involved should be judged fairly and punished equally. It's not a black or white thing, but a WE thing and we need to stop pointing fingers and start making changes for the better.

Posted by: fredahicks | September 20, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

To jetlag_42

Are you kidding. White folks teach their kids to hate blacks. What about the whites that marry blacks or date them or work with them comfortably, side by side. I have black friends, do you have white friends. Do they hate you. Are they teaching their children to hate you. It's not just that you are generalizing--that is appropriate to discuss larger issues that are general in nature. You are just wrong in your generalization.

Posted by: sp2np | September 20, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I love how everyone says that the Jena 6 is a GANG. I also like the fact that people fail to recognize that ALL races turned out for the march, mostly blacks, but other races as well. No one is asking for these guys to be forgiven. All everyone wants is fairness. I really think its time we all put our cards on the table. To whites - it your are not racist you should not be offened when people speak of racism. GROW UP AND GET OVER IT!!! To Blacks - Yes the Jena 6 situation is horrible, but I feel worse about the case of Megan Williams. She was beated and raped by 6 white people including women. She was held for days and made to eat rat poison. Every time they beat her they called her the N word. What about the black kid in Georgia (17) that had oral sex with a 15 year old. He is in jail under a law that is no longer valid, but the DA will not Retro activatly reduce the charges so he remains in jail BUT if he actually had sex with the girl he would have been convicted of a misdemeanor and not a felony.

Posted by: glt1979 | September 20, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

The problem that seems to be ill-defined here is selective enforcement, which is a violation of constitutional rights. I am not saying that kids should not be punished for acts of violence. What is wrong here is that the black kids were treated far more harshly by the law than the white kids while at the same time not receiving the protections of the law. They were bullied for being newcomers who were "uppity" and didn't understand their place in Jena society. They had lived through the horror of Katrina and received little consideration for the trauma they underwent. The school superintendent should be fired as well as the DA.

I am against charging juveniles as adults in the first place. The juvenile justice system in this country developed to help put kids back on their feet, not simply to punish as adult court does. But this country has gotten mean and vindictive, and is not interested in justice so much as in meting out punishment to those it fears and despises. We complain about revenge culture but we are more vengeful than any on the planet, extracting a hundredfold for any perceived slight against us. Just ask Iraq or Afghanistan.

Posted by: cc666 | September 20, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The white boy got what he deserved and the other ones that participated in the other fights and noose hangings should have gotten the same thing. Don't let your mouth write a check that your butt can't cash. That's what his parents should have been teaching him instead of racism.

Posted by: volleygirl1974 | September 20, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The Jena 6 .... first and foremost , White folks will NEVER understand and will ALWAYS make a excuse for their activity in any situation . There has always been INJUSTICE for African Americans and that is because White folks are JEALOUS and INSECURE regarding African Americans .
The ancestors of White folks went to Africa and FORCED Africans to the USA ... RAPED THE AFRICAN WOMEN and STOLE everything from the hard FORCED labor of Africans ... why are people surprised that especially White folks DO NOT understand INJUSTICE ... They ( White folks ) have LIED , CHEATED and STOLE all their lives and then teach their children to HATE anyone that is non white .

Posted by: JetLag_42 | September 20, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Like I said...ignorant

Posted by: pdiddiy | September 20, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The point of the Jena 6 protest is not Rev. Sharpton and Rev. Jackson. The point is that in 2007, not 1957, not 1967, but in 2007, nooses are still being hung from trees in an attempt to threaten and terrorize blacks. The point is that a white DISTRICT ATTORNEY tried to prevent black Jena high school students from protesting racist practices by saying he could ruin their lives with the stroke of a pen. The point is that black students continuously suffered verbal and physical abuse from white students, but nothing was done to those who abused them. However, when a white student, who regularly taunted the black students, calling them the "n" word, was physically assaulted by black students, those black students were originally charged with attempted murder. This, eventhough this same white student was able to go to a school event the same day he was assaulted. The point is that racial injustice still exists quite strongly in this nation, and I fully support the Jena 6 demonstrations.

Posted by: thompsonvenecia | September 20, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS RACISM PURE AND SIMPLE. THE ARTICLE MENTIONED THAT WHITE STUDENTS HAD BEAT UP BLACK STUDENTS PREVIOUSLY, WHY WEREN'T THEY CHARGED WITH ASSAULT. THEN WHITE STUDENTS HANG NOOSES FROM A TREE ON SCHOOL GROUNDS, WHY WEREN'T THEY CHARGED WITH A CRIME. I DON'T THINK I'M WRONG BUT ISN'T THE HANGING OF NOOSES ON SCHOOL GROUNDS A FEDERAL CRIME.
THIS BACKWARDS TOWN AND ITS RACIST PEOPLE DO MORE TO HARM THE IMAGE OF OUR COUNTRY BY ENGAGING IN THIS TYPE OF RACIST BEHAVIOR, THE WORLD SEES US AS A JOKE AND PEOPLE WHO DON'T PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH. WE TELL OTHER COUNTRIES TO RESPECT AND HONOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND WE DO SOMETHING AS OUTRAGEOUS AS THIS. ITS SHAMEFUL.
WHEN I WAS YOUNG IF BOYS FOUGHT IT CONSIDERED YOUTHFUL MISCHIEF AND BOTH WERE SCOLDED BUT TO BE CHARGED WITH A CRIME THIS IS A LITTLE MUCH DON'T YOU THINK.
WHERE ARE ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE OUT WANTING MICHAEL VICK TO BE CRUCIFIED BECAUSE HE KILLED SOME DOGS. NOW WE HAVE A TOWN AND PROCECUTOR TRYING TO RAILROAD/LYNCH 6 HUMAN BEINGS AND THESE SAME PEOPLE ARE QUIET.
AROUND THE WORLD PEOPLE WONDER WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE AMERICANS WHEN THEY CARE MORE ABOUT DOGS THAN HUMANS.

Posted by: g.phillips | September 20, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Here is a simple question:Did the Jena 6 break the law. Yes. Lawbreakers must be punished. Maybe William Jefferson should contribute some of his "cold" cash to the defense fund. The injection of the Jacksons(Sheila and Jesse) into this issue is politically motivated. As for all of the people attending the demonstrations, perhaps they need to get a job and remove themselves from public assistance.(welfare). Most of us have to work, thus are not able to protest for enforcing the laws of this country that prohibit anyone from beating another person . What would happen if a group of white guys beat a black guy? You would have the feds come into such a situation and call it a hate crime. Talk about the injustice!!



Posted by: KGATES1 | September 20, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Let me correct myself, Megan Williams is 20 yrs old. The six people who kidknapped, raped and tortured her over the course of a weeks time are apparently not being charged of a hate crime because she had previously dated one of the six people. Read up on it. This story should be getting more outrage than the Jena 6 story.

Posted by: pixie_chic_83 | September 20, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

To pdiddiy:

What makes you think that all Black people follow behind Jackson and Sharpton. I was following the Jena Six long before they ever said anything about it. I am aware of their agenda along with other political figures. Are you aware that this has been going on for a year? These kids' lives have already been ruined and they are still in prison. Shame on you for making a blanket statement and thinking that all Black people think and feel the same. We are not genetically predisposed to liking the same things.

Posted by: lonnitta | September 20, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The miscarriage of justice is that there is anyone who thinks being offended is the same thing as being beaten. I'll take offense any day. No apologies for the noose stupidity. What would the jump-on-the-bandwagon candidates have them charged with (whispered...how about a hate crime--it fits every description of a hate crime, or am I mistaken, only white people can be charged with a racially motivated hate crime). Sharpton, et al. should be embarrassed to compare Jena to Selma. It's the difference between institutionalized problems and individual idiocy.

Posted by: sp2np | September 20, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately in the south the scars of racism run deep. That is where most of slavery took place. How do we heal these scars on both sides? That is the question here. If we find a way for people to heal on both sides these issues would not be a problem. A lot of people of all races including Blacks say that Blacks should get over slavery because it was so long ago. But it really wasn't. Things did not become legally fair until the 60's. I am sorry to say those wounds are still there. There are generations alive, black and white who are teaching fear and hate to our children. Unless something significant is done to help people understand and feel we that we are all equal this will continue. In the media Black men and particular, are always noted for the bad things they do. Rarely do you hear about the positive things Black male do.
White males, young and old commit crimes everyday but you hardly hear about the statistics of white males in prison. People seem to be focused on how many blacks and Hispanics are incarcerated.
Until we send positive messages to our youth it will be a long time before change occurs. As for Sharpton and Jackson, they are needed. If they make money... so what. That is what our country was built on. The freedom to make money. Read your history books.. we went to war with the British over the money. If you can make money and help people and bring awareness to the world, that is a good thing.
As for the boys in Jena, what they did was wrong. However whites have the same or not worse and not received such harsh treatment.
These boys were severely harassed and the school did nothing about. They were bound to snap.
Kids stand up every day in school and put their hand over their hearts and make a pledge to our American flag that there is liberty and justice for all....then they go outside and look at 3 nooses. Where is the liberty and where is the justice?

Posted by: the_one_lady_h | September 20, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Why do you all still follow after the filthy rich Jackson and Sharpton???
The same reason a moth will fly into the flame....ignorance!
You are all ignorant! Fools! Those two are the racists and so is the rest of you fools who buy into their lies.
Condem me for saying it, but they are making fools of you all.

Posted by: pdiddiy | September 20, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

We all need to check our own HEARTS and see who are we following, the Lord or satan. We are what we are taught until we know better and do better ourseleves {Black or White}. God created us all the same, he gives us all a choice. But if we choose to do or think wrong thats on us. One thing we have to remember is that the sins of Mothers and Fathers sometimes fall on our children. So when we as adults parents do and say things, we should all be carefull. I love everybody, but may not want to be bothered with you. As for our schools and Blacks being ships in are not correct. First these are Public Schools,which means that they are tax payers Schools and are for anyone. And the shipping that was done is shipping from Africa. NOW WHAT

Posted by: anna.cole | September 20, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Thomas217...find an non wealthy black person who has been acquited of such a high-profile crimes like OJ, and I'll rebuild the Berlin Wall brick for brick.

Posted by: dcis1 | September 20, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING.... Do not read anything by "roscoa". This "user" is making up nonsense. He/She does not deserve your time.

People please remember, this is not about race. It's simply about being fair. The reason that people are so outraged is because that there were white kids who beat up black kids in the same 6 to 1 ratio. A white kid pulled out a gun on a black kid and there were no charges for the white kids. This is a BLATANT example of racism. Mychel Bell DOES have a criminal record. However, he is also a star athlete for the school. He had troubles in the past. These are kids and none of them black OR white deserve to spend the rest of their lives in prison. Let's learn to see past each other's skin color. Thank you for reading this post.

Posted by: lonnitta | September 20, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

What we have not accomplished in this country is creating a common society for all, without inequality and injustice. All the comments on this issue clearly show that there are two realities, a white one and a black one. Neither can be reconciled without considering the perspective of the other. The truth lies in the middle. Are we willing to subject ourselves to the truth and reflect on that?

From the white perspective, one must recognize that an inherent institutional bias against African Americans exists in the justice system. This should not be tolerated and damages us all as Americans, but are we wise enough to recognize this and step up in that moment (prosecutors, judges, juries) when it is hard to challenge common thinking?

From the black perspective, we know that anger, ignorance, violence and crime only perpetuate the wrongs of poverty and discrimination, but is there enough strength in our black communities to encourage the use of the pen and other forms of non-violent expression? I believe the peaceful march in Jena is extremely valuable for this reason, is that it impowers victims to take action, and gain respect. We should hope the behavior and rhetoric displayed in Jena does not compromise on those values.

Posted by: AgentG | September 20, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

What about what happened to Megan Williams? A 23 yr old African American woman that was kidnapped, raped, stabbed and tortured over the course of a week by 6 whites in West Virgina? Racism does not exist in America? Blacks are pulling the race card? Clumps of her hair were ripped from her scalp, as of 9-12-07 she was still in the hospital. If justice is not served in this case I think I will throw up. If you commit a crime, you should face justice. The punishment should fit the crime. The six maniacs who have hurt Megan Williams and scarred her physically and mentally should have their punishment fit. And whatever punishment they get still won't be enough in my eyes because that is something that young woman will have to deal with for the rest of her life. I know from my own personal experience. Racism in my eyes is a kin to Terrorism. Anytime someone feels their superiority entitles them to hurting someone else that is Terrorism, period.

Posted by: pixie_chic_83 | September 20, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

First of all this is a serious matter here. When there are (nooses) hung in a tree where there are BLACKS and WHITES attending being that this is 2007 then what it is telling me is that nothing has changed since I was a kid. You know with all the different races that reside in the U.S. there is no time for this type of actions and unjustice. The noose told me that the parents are still teaching thier children how to racially hate. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are not trying to line thier pockets as one person said that lives in JENA, which I'm sure has to be CARCASIAN because of the comment that was made on this site. You know what really needs to happen is the parents need to stop rehashing so far back because we as AFRICIAN AMERICANS are just not going to stand for this. Instead of the war in Iraq the it seems that the President should be sending Troops to LOUISIANA to fight off the KKK, which were the only one's I know that believe in NOOSES other than in the SADAAM HUSIEN country.

Posted by: sparrowjoseph | September 20, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

fawnsbuck..Please save it for someone who can't provide a reasoned argument.

Using your logic, a 35 yr old man shouldn't be charged w/statutory rape if he had sex w/a willing 15 yr old. I mean if the 15 was acting like an adult, what's the problem.

People will not see what they do not want to see.

The issue is how the laws are applied not that a crime wasn't committed.

A child involved in a "pack" fight where the victim was knocked unconscious, sent to the hospital and went to an after-school activity, should NOT be charged w/attempted murder. I don't care what race the child is. He/she can be purple w/horizontal stripes. NO CHILD should be charged as such.

NO CHILD.

Posted by: dcis1 | September 20, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I can't seem to follow many who argue that the justice system is somehow different for blacks and whites. There are many examples of black professional athletes who commit crimes and only get what amounts to a slap on the wrist. I mean, look at OJ Simpson. He killed 2 people and nothing happened.

Posted by: thomas217962176 | September 20, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

So as far as the case goes, my thoughts are this. The stories I've read mention only the noose incident as the main basis of the attack. If this is the case, then I see no reason for the outcry as no "crime" was committed. Does this mean I justify hanging nooses on trees, or even think it's ok? Absolutely not! Looking at simply the facts, punishments seem fair, except I would push for expelling the white kids because of the hostile environement that they created with their actions. Completely dispicable. I've heard that there may have been an attack involving the white kids beating a black kid. If that's the case and the white kids were not punished, then something not fair is definitely happening. Those are my views on the case itself.

I take more issue with Jesse Jackson accusing Obama of "acting white". Now it's safe to assume that this was not meant as a compliment; that being said, as a white person, am I allowed to be offended at his statement? Honestly, I am. Now while I don't have to deal with racism on a daily basis, I do consider myself to not be racist. But Obama "acting white" then would imply that all white people are racists and that being white is actually a negative thing. I didn't choose to be white, just like no one chose what race they are. If a white leader were to come out and accuse someone of "acting black", what would the outlash be? It would be swift and huge. I am not ignorant enough to say that racism doesn't exist. I know it does, and it saddens me that it still does. It accomplishes nothing good. My only suggestion to Jesse Jackson is if you want to aid in the extinction of racism, consider not making comments that are contrary to very cause you live for. Focus on the Jena 6 and the wrongs you believe in with the justice system, don't worry about being the person who get's to decide which black people are "black enough", or are "acting black".

Posted by: lotsoquestions | September 20, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

We all need to check our own HEARTS and see who are we following, the Lord or satan. We are what we are taught until we know better and do better ourseleves {Black or White}. God created us all the same, he gives us all a choice. But if we choose to do or think wrong thats on us. One thing we have to remember is that the sins of Mothers and Fathers sometimes fall on our children. So when we as adults parents do and say things, we shall be carefull. I love everybody, but make not want to be bothered with you. As for our schools and Blacks being ships in are not correct. First these are Public Schools,which means that they are tax payers Schools and are for anyone. And the shipping that was done is shipping from Africa. NOW WHAT

Posted by: anna.cole | September 20, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

it seems that everytime a black is arrested al sharpten and j. jackson have to raise hell about it. if it were the other way around no one would be saying anything.

Posted by: dcksjk | September 20, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The "child" you speak of was part of a gang of six people that attacked one child and beat him. If this were an attack from six white people five of which adults against a lone black child the media would play this over and over and ...well you get the idea. As for equal justice... thats a myth. Look at Michael Jackson, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton etc... Don't you think if these people where average citizens they would have received a different outcome?

Posted by: appraisemyspace | September 20, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

First of all, everyone keeps saying it's not about racism, but if it's not than why would they try to put attempted murder and 22 yrs in prison punishment on a 16 yr old black child, when all he did was defend himself without mind you murdering this white boy, which is what could have happened. This country is racist, and anyone who states there not is lying, I can not express how enraged i was when i read an article about the woman who was beaten and tortured in West Virginia, and they had the nerves to state that they were trying to decide if they were going to charge the people who did it with a hate crime or not. What would you call it, but they are quick to take the lively hood of Michael Vick away from him for beating a dog. Is a African American life no more important than a dogs. Until everyone realizes that despite the color of our skin, we possess the same organs and red blood runs through all of us, meaning no one race or person is better than the next. No matter what kind of record that Mychal Bell had, obviously it wasn't bad enough or he would have already been in prison and we wouldn't be having this conversation. His past has nothing to do with the situation at hand, so please let's not try to use that as an escape goat.

Posted by: annecia.turner | September 20, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

dcis1, if a child wants to act like a man and commit adult crimes he should expect to be judged as a man

Posted by: fawnsbuck1 | September 20, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton is a racist. So it is okay for a child toget his face kicked in? Are these people out of their minds? Since when does the President get involved in something like this. Sharpton needs to shut his whining face up and stop being an instigator.

Posted by: madeleinereva | September 20, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Only in a place like the United States of America would people say Racism is the issue in a place like Jena. What about Micheal Jackson, OJ Simpson and others like that? Did they get arrested? Did they get put in jail? This is not a RACE issue, this is a CLASS issue. Rodney King changed a lot of things in America, because after the Riots, White America started to take more notice of Black Issues out of fear that it would happen again. No one would have wanted to be accused of being Racist with a capital R. However, racism with a small r has persisted. Racism with a capital R has to do with Hate, but racism with a small r has to do with Bigotry. Bigotry is a bigger problem than Hate in the United States of America. People focus so much on Race Issues that Class Issues get thrown out of the window.

Posted by: gianluca790 | September 20, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I think so many people have purposely and some unconciously distorted the facts to support their pre-conceptions.

The facts of this case is not that the children are angels and from what I've seen, no one is saying such.

The issue is how laws are applied and in this case a child was charged attempted murder for a schoolyard fight.

Posted by: dcis1 | September 20, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

While I am aware that Sharpton is more than a race baiter. He has been a real slick and sick guy for a long time. What baffles most people is why people even show up to anything he is a part of. The guy just wants to promote himself at the expense of others and will continue to be a blight on the black race until they grow wise to him.

Posted by: appraisemyspace | September 20, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Before I got to the comment page Washington Post states that if you see a Offensive report to Email them and let them know. Well I reported most of you because "STUPIDITY" is Very Offensive to me and should be to you all. How anyboby could justify what has happen in Jena, La is just insane. How anyone could think that race is not a factor is mind blowing. How anyone could not think that "A FAIR and SUITABLE" punishment should be rendered to all involved white and black students is mind blowing and insane. The closes one to having it right was the comment made by imbeav2000, now alot of you might not like or agree with what he had to say, but atleast he was fair and equal to both races and thats what should have taken place in Jena, La Equal Justice FOR ALL.

Posted by: lisaizfake | September 20, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Where are Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson when blacks are beating each other? These two only take photo ops when it benefits them. Where is the justice in "gang beating" one white boy?

Posted by: lfakier | September 20, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from the race baiter who brought us Tawana Brawley.

Six men gang up and beat another senseless and it is not a crime.

Go figure...

Posted by: teasleyj | September 20, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Your simply not accurate with your comments. There were not an equal amount of white kids that ran away from the confrontation. There were five ADULTS and one non adult that attacked a child. If what we have been told by our media is correct this child was not involved in the ropes hanging from a tree incident. Once again, there is no justification for a "pack" of adults to fight and beat up kids. If you think otherwise you may need to seek counseling.

Posted by: appraisemyspace | September 20, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

As far as the gang fight, there was an equal amount against each other but the other boys ran away!!! So call it what you want, I don't care!! It would have been okay if it had been all black kids fight one another but b/c it was a white child it's a different story!! If those kids were man enough to hang nooses in the tree (which is a symbolic representation of power) and they felt that it was right then they should have been aware of the consequences!! Y'all need to google a search of hangings in Jena, Louisiana and then maybe it will open your eyes!!

Posted by: deaundrafrancis | September 20, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

In regards to "Mr. Benfellows" comment about the white student haven been beaten unconsciuos, if you want to stick by that comment then don't. I would feel sorry for him had he not gone to a freaking dance that same night . Seems like he was just fine to me. But if you want to use that argument, then go right ahead.
No matte how pointless it is.

Posted by: gaildeer | September 20, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the precurser to the second fight, the comments made by the student concerning an earlier gang attack. Everyone should get to stand before a fair judge. The problem is that there doesn't seem to be one in Jenna.

Posted by: ajenkins1st | September 20, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the precurser to the second fight, the comments made by the student concerning an earlier gang attack. Everyone should get to stand before a fair judge. The problem is that there doesn't seem to be one in Jenna.

Posted by: ajenkins1st | September 20, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I have to ask this of my fellow brothers and sisters...when will we as a people stop helping others divide and destroy us? We say we love each other but we don't support black businesses, we can't continue to encourage our children to only want to play ball or sing or entertain others. We can't continue to support rappers and entertainers that make their money by debasing women and upholding negative sterotypes. For us to only be stired up by this(Jenna 6) and not by other cases is sad. We have to work together and be about freedom for all blacks.I say Blacks because we have to acheive it for ourselves before we can go including everyone else. Where are the outraged Jews, Latinos or Asians if we all truely beleive that the race of a person dosent matter? They are talking to thier kids, building schools just for them to learn the history of their people and culture.Yes we live in a multi-cultural multi-racial world, but untill we as blacks learn to love and care for ourselves and our children and our future we will keep fighting these same battles.

Posted by: cooldance33 | September 20, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes I agree most of us have been in a school yard fight. But every fight I was in and every one I wittnessed was one on one. That's a school yard fight. Six on One is a gang attack. I don't condone the hanging of a noose in the school yard. But violence is a completely different story.

Posted by: cdcodabear11 | September 20, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

THIS STORY IS WAY MORE THAN A RACIAL INJUSTICE, IT'S A SOCIAL INJUSTICE!!!

For those naysayers or those of indifference, BEWARE!!! What happened in Jena could very well happen to you anywhere in America.

Prosecutors in this country have way too much power and like the Jena DA said "with the stroke of [their] pens, can take away your lives." (For this quote, I will do everything in my power to make sure DA Reed Walters faces Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board) A schoolyard fight can be treated legally as an in-school incident, a misdeameanor, or a felony, all depending on what side of the bed the prosecutor woke up on.

We've all seen fights in school, and students have almost never been charged criminally as adults. At my alma mater, they used to send the fighters to juvenile court, but recently they announced they are going to quit overcrowding the system. Compare this to the students in Jena facing 20 years in prison. (Not even juvenile court vs. 20 years in prison)

I am an attorney who is disgusted by this just-us system, because "what affects mankind affects me. Do not ask for whom the bell tolls; the bell tolls for thee."

Posted by: cherie_ramage | September 20, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

It seems that a mojor portion of this story is being overlooked. "Five adults and one non adult beat up (1) non audult". Does this make any sense at all to anyone? That is a pack mentality and it is happening more and more in this country. We as a society overlook it because almost exclusively the "pack" that commits the violence is black; so somehow it's justified. Reporters don't report many of these pack attacks because that want to seem racialy sensitive but by not reporting these racially motivated attacks it simply promotes the attacks as somehow justified. We have got to start with the truth and keep our eyes on the truth. Simply put these are thugs that need to face serious consequences not people you want to have to dinner. Wake up and stop following blindly these two pervaors of hate (Sharpton and Jackson), and start thinking for yourselves.

Posted by: appraisemyspace | September 20, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

My heart goes out to every citizen and family that has been affected by the Jena-6 incident. I strongly feel that this was a provoked and senseless ordeal where black and white families should start to address racism in their home and what it has placed on society. As an African American woman, it disheartened me to look into the 21st century and find young people are being taught hate and the wrong way of resolving school yard issues. The parents and school bodies are not helping theses issues any better. Regardless what one says, I can assure you, in the home, race and class are expressed differently where when incidents happen as they have in Jena finally comes to the surface, everyone want to shy away from "I am not a racist." We are all racist in our own means, I can't say that I haven't made a derogatory remark about a white and they haven't about me. This is the time and era now to start teaching our children and restructure our behaviors as adults to be more respectful and tolerant of one another. The Jean incident is a wake up call for not only that county and town but for the world as a whole. I do not condone taking the hand of the law in one own hands but I feel that if the school board and teachers would have taken a better stance with the noose situation, this march would not have taken place to date and Mychal and the other young men would not have lost so much of their childhood sitting in jail. Approximately one year ago, Youtube had fights on the internet where in many cities, kids were gang fighting one another and practically sending others to the hospital with almost fatal injuries. I did not see where any of these kids went to jail or gotten criminal charges against their record. The march today is necessary and I feel that it is going to reshape the way we are teaching and raising our children. When this is over, I pray that Mychal Bell will recommit his life to God and become a better citizen to society and family. I pray that he and the white young man could one day stand together on the same platform and forgive one another because adults have blown this out of the waters where this is not the first time kids fought. Grown ups, do just this "grow up." The prosecutors, DA and all that wanted to "change these kids' lives by the stroke of a pen" should be ashamed of themselves. I backed the Yale students in NC and wanted them to get justice because of their situation and they were also tried with unjust. Black or White, justice must be for all and we cannot destroy our youth, we must rehabilitate them to be better citizens. Justice for all!

Posted by: ubell1 | September 20, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I truly believe that our government and judicial system our mostley to blame for racism still being an issue in the U.S. Blacks are treated unfairly to say the least. I am married to a wonderful black man and we have an incredible son. I had forgotten to get my vehicle inspected and was ticketed for it. The same night, on our way to take our son and his friends ice skating my car was pulled over again in the next town over. Only this time my husband was driving. I hadnt had time that day to make an appointment to have the inspection done. For some reason the officer felt he needed back up and 3 other police cars pulled up surrounding us. My son who was with me when I recieved my ticket earlier, repeatedly asked why there were so many police around us if it was only for the inspection. The cop preceeded to humiliate my husband like he was a piece of crap in front of our son, almost like he was trying to make my husband kick his ... or something. I repeatedly told the cop it was my vehicle, that I had just been ticketed a few hours earlier and would be taking care of it, and he ignored me everytime. That is until I told him that I had recorded the entire incident on my cell and would be reporting him. He suddenly became very sweet and I think I saw a slight pucker upon his lips. This is only one incident of many I could tell you about. The ignorance and hate make me sick and I truly feel that racist people are the worst life forms on earth. The bottem line is they are all just scared, cowardly, worthless wastes of space and have no right to be in this country.

Posted by: kari01 | September 20, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh and I forgot one more thing. Just becuase that child has a bad reputation and has been in trouble does not say that he was wrong for feeling the way he does. So what? Does that mean that he shouldn't get justice becuase he has been in trouble before? Does that mean that a person can't change? Was he a minor when all those other things happen? Do we know? Investigate for yourself and stop believing everything that the news say!!!

Posted by: deaundrafrancis | September 20, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I live in Lafayette, Louisiana and I feel that this should not be going on in the United States. I have children who I have to tell them that racism is still going on today and that it will probably always go on until this world ends. No, I do not agree with violence but I do understand their frustration. We are talking about teenage boys who have a school yard fight. I know that almost each and every person who has commented on this situation has gotten into a fight at school. But what changes the whole situation is that this fight was a result of negligent parents who teach their children that it is okay to hate a person because they are black. Hanging those nooses was a HATE CRIME!!! There is a law against hate crime. Anybody who disagree that this is a hate crime must live in lala land!! Well, I live in Lafayette, Louisiana and I am here to say that I am appalled and embarrassed by the people who do not want to admit that these young teenagers rights were infringed upon. And as far as Martin Luther King is concerned, today in Jena, Louisiana they had a peaceful march at the courthouse and at the high school. So they did do what they said that they were going to do. I have been reading up on this story since it happen a year ago! I did not just start following this story two weeks ago. And as far as going into the subjects of white slave masters bringing the slaves over here, (lol) those white men who stole the Amerindians land did not belong over here either!!! But we're here (whites, blacks, Mexicans) and that's just the way it is!! But we should live together and respect each other because when we live in harmony love is balanced out and transfered and all the negative energy and gone!!!

Posted by: deaundrafrancis | September 20, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Every time one of these stories crops up there are always two people fanning the racial fire. They are of course Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They are the worst things for Racism in this country and the sooner we see that the better for everyone!!!

Posted by: cdcodabear11 | September 20, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

IGNORANCE OF THE LAW??

I have refrained from following most news about the JENNA-6, because it is just hard to fathom that we are forcibly telling the Iraqis to come together while in America, the so-called leader of racial integration still have to deal with blatant bias. I finally listened to several reports as Jenna is about to get an infusion of people. One anchor interviewed a rapper from Louisiana but all he did was brag about how much he's worth and how he wants people to buy his clothes and books. I am a staunch capitalist but who are the people buying his products; the ignorant (Latin for lack of information) who believe they are doing something to help a black man achieve SUCCESS.

One thing I agreed with him is he said "I HAD TO GET OUTTA THERE!" I also heard an interracial couple mention it's so bad in Jenna that they have been approached by both ethnicities who say "YOU TWO ARE GOING TO HELL BECAUSE YOU ARE MIXING THE RACES, AND THAT GOES AGAINST GOD'S WILL." Sounds like the same thing an interracial couple I know whose grandmother would tell him. The way I see it is depending on your ethnicity in Jenna you grow up thinking you are sub-human or superior, simply because a certain mentality still exists almost 150 years post-Emancipation. Why won't these Americans leave? Fear is a powerful crippler and to think some students felt so strongly to hang a noose from a tree sends a clear message that some parents are still pushing Klan style thinking. I guess I am too dumb to understand why Americans would continue to live in Jenna knowing at any moment you could be busted on trumped up charges.

Additionally, despite how ignorant some Americans are, we should not tolerate violent retaliation, because we have laws to buckle the knees of such biased actions. Whenever I confronted bias in the military it aggravated me into taking actions that exposed such individuals (regardless of ethnicity) because based on their rank these individuals they should have known better. I do not doubt some Americans are still waging a war for equality but it is the victims and proponents of bias who sit silently in the corner in places like Jenna that really hurt progress. The trial and punishment handed out certainly was not the first and obviously the prosecutors did so without any regard for current outcome. Hopefully, this event will embolden Americans who wish to stay in Jenna to open their eyes and mouths. The arrival of prominent Americans to sing We Shall Overcome, Kumbyahs and deliver fiery speeches will temporarily disrupt things in Jenna but what happens when the fickle American news cameras quickly move to shine the light on more important issues like Britney Spears, OJ Simpson and bumbling Senate and Congressional representatives!

A. K. Gibbs

Gaithersburg, MD

Posted by: alkgibbs | September 20, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Someone questioned where were the parents. The black parents were questioning the school administration. The white parents had sat underneath tree. The principal wanted to expell the kids for placing the nooses on the tree. If the intent was not racial, why wasn't a sign or football team jersey hung from the tree. The school system failed, the justice system failed. Was there a witness to the D.A.'s overt threat to the black students during the school meeting. The U.S. has racial problems and will for sometime to come. It is what it is? North or South, we can see right or wrong because we see color first.

Posted by: ajenkins1st | September 20, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

To the person who suggested that the students should do what Martin Luther King did, that's a good suggestion. However, one should not have to be crucified over and over again. He died that we would not have to repeat what is happening today in 2007. Remember, his mountaintop experience was a better tomorrow?

Posted by: elaihaynes | September 20, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Imbeav200, thank you! Very well said and I wish we all shared those same view's; things would be so much better.
To answer your question, I believe you are a white man and like kdmann32 I will call you my brother too.

Posted by: brooklynfinest11221 | September 20, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

This should be about the law and who broke it. If the races were reversed I would hope it wouldn't matter to the laws. Bloodshed and violence are not excuseable. I'm not saying the other things were right either. If they broke the laws they should be accountable also. But it doesn't worrent freedom form prosecution when they commit bloodshed and violence.

Posted by: fawnsbuck1 | September 20, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Yes the punishment doesn't match the crime. Yes something more should of been done about the noose's! Yes the Jena 6 should be punished for what they did as well as those who placed the noose's. Why isn't Sharpton or JJ helping the white guy who got arrested for asking questions of Kerry? Were not his Civil Liberties stepped on? What if that guy was black? Then the racist card come's out? Why doesn't Sharpton or JJ protest the sentence that the preachers wife got for killing her husband? Wouldn't a black wife have gotten life in prison verse's 60 days or so? I would guess all or most of those accused of beating the white kid listened to hip hop/gangster rap? Is most of that music culturally degrading of women black or white. Why do you only have Sharpton or JJ only occasionally try to condem this type of music lyrics? Does this music fuel racism? Does Sharpton and JJ just pick and choose causes that makes them look holier then thou?

Posted by: cardealmaker | September 20, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Here we go agian with this question of whether it's race or not race. Of course it's about race, any self respecting American would have made that assessment when the case first broke last spring. The bigger issue is that we have denied this race thing for so long that when it visits this generation we are hard pressed to understand and subsequently bury our heads or turn aside in order to avoid the issue. A very dear friend of mine asked some time ago " Aren't we pass the race issue in this country?", my reply was, as long as you have to ask that question we have a long way to go. The focus needs to fall on that school, there seems to be a serious problem with the climate there and those stakeholders involved in the school should be seeking sollutions to assist the entire student body.

Posted by: edeanfrederick | September 20, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Racism of any sort is a complete waste of time and energy. The U.S. is made up of many different kinds of people of different races and backgrounds. This country will never be all one race and that is just a reality. We are all Americans and we need to be United as Americans. On September 11th when the attack happened on Americans, those people who died took their last breaths with different races of people on either side of them. When they died, race did not matter. What mattered was that they were Americans. They were our families, terrorists came over here and killed OUR people. They didn't care about which of us were black, white or whatever. And if another situation like that ever happens again, they will not care about which of us are what race. We won't even care about which of us are what race, we will all be trying to save US. We need to wake up and stop this madness. It's pointless. Racism is so unbelievably petty and pointless. It won't get any of us anywhere. It's 2007 people, we are all human, we all bleed, cry, and hurt. Our flag is red, white and blue. Why can't we be the "United States" that the name implies? I know this is off the subject of Jena but I'm just making an observation of the bigger picture. The fact that racism is still rampant throughout the U.S. but it shouldn't be. We have bigger issues people. I just don't understand why we as people just can't seem to stop this stupidity. You don't like this person because they look like this or that? You think you are better because you look like this or that? Who cares? Seriously people wake up!

Posted by: pixie_chic_83 | September 20, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I think it is amazing that in 2007, it still makes a difference what a person's skin color is or is not. People can say they are not racist, but if there is a tree for white people only; there is a problem. An even bigger problem exsists if people can not admit there is a problem. Because this whole issue started because some black students sat under some tree, tells me it does deal with skin color.

Posted by: lucyball | September 20, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Instead of worrying about this silly stuff we should be focusing on our good kids both black and white being killed in Iraq everyday. ALL of these people are more concerned about a few thugs than about our soldiers who are fighting for our country.

Posted by: gmcduffie | September 20, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The NAACP has finally lost all credibility. First OJ, then Vick, now the Jenna 6. Do you really believe Dr. Martin Luther King would have stuck up for the violence these people used? Of course not, Dr. King was about peace. The present NAACP has degraded to the point where they have wittingly or unwittingly become a group PROMOTING VIOLENCE. This is extremely dangerous and can only greatly increase the risk of future racial civil war.
We all better understand the biology of our nature and that EVERYBODY has a biological preference for members of their own kind. Birds of a feather flock together describes it best. The fact is that blacks in general are far greater racists than whites as a group. Crime statistic prove that black commit a disproportionate amount of crime, especially when weighted for their percentage of the population. This is true even in areas where there are equal percentages of whites and blacks.
How sick is it that Mr. Jackson will berate Obama for "acting like a white." What? Like being white is a bad thing. This just proves the double standard in our society, blacks are supposed to be "proud" of their race but whites are supposed to be ashamed of themselves.
The overuse of the "race card" is based on ignorance of history and fact.
Anyone who reads history knows that it was blacks who not only sold slaves to whites but a significant part of their trading system was to own slaves, sell slaves or eat slaves. In fact, it was a status symbol to own the most slaves.
For present day blacks to keep distorting history for their own gain is shameful.
We had all better accept that fact that biologically we all have racial preference or we are doomed to civil war.
Where is the love?? Let's help each other rather than fight each other and agree that violence by any race is unacceptable.

Posted by: elfensnowdad007 | September 20, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Deerhunter....Sharpton and the rest of those esteemed black people didnt need to stick up for them...They had the biggest rallyers of them all on their side..."The Media". Anyway,Bigbossman..just the fact that you called them hoodlums would prove a black persons point..and you can't actually think that hanging a noose..anywhere..in any shape or form is kosher in 2007 can you? If you would do it yourself...then we definitely still have a problem in America.What does a noose have to do with a tiger? The school has already admitted that they were wrong...so you might as well drop that little argument...I agree with the previous posters when it comes to racism and it still being alive in places that you guys might not know about...I experienced it from age 5 on through my high school years...the responsiblity was with the school and how they punished the students. It's bad that I experienced it..but I am sooo thankful that my school took action when it needed to.

Posted by: cutetxbiggurl | September 20, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that all the 60's civil right activists get to pile in the Volvo station wagon and protest.

Posted by: mnszinan | September 20, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Well said imbeav2000.

To answer your question, you are black.

If i'm wrong, i'd still call you brother.

Posted by: kdmann32 | September 20, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Where were Sharpton & the rest of these hypocrites when the guys in the Duke case were accused ( unjustly I might add ) & kicked out of school for nothing?. It seems that due process, being innocent until proven guilty and justice did not apply there. I wonder why?

Posted by: deerhunter165 | September 20, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

If and I mean if Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, or Martin Luther King III thinks that the Jena6 are all innocent, then why haven't they bonded him out of jail. I tell you why, it has nothing to do with the case or anything else, it all has to do with being in the spotlight. These 3 hoodlums of the NAACP have no jobs and have nothing to do but stir up crap and no one should listen to them because they are just like the devil, when they talk they lie. Just like them buying 6 jaguar's for the kids mama's, they should have used the money to bond him out. They need to go back where they came from wherever they live and leave us alone. We didn't ask for them to come here and we don't need them here. Also, the media has blown this all out of proportion, the nooses had to do with a football game against a team called the tigers and not hanging someone. What about Atlanta, LA, Chicago, or Detroit? You don't think these cities have racial problem, think again.

Posted by: bigbossman081068 | September 20, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't know a ton about the Jena 6 case, but these postings were funny to read (mainly because they are clearly divided). Even here, where there are only "qwerty" characters, you can tell who is white and who is black. That's because life, as we know it, is about "our life." We speak about what we have seen, felt, and understood. It is for that reason, and that reason alone, we really haven't "come very far" 1914.

As a white man I would say to "badforu" the reason whites should be more tolerant of everything is because for over 500 years (including the years of "Jim Crow Law") we haven't really had to be tolerant of anything. We basically did what we wanted. Besides, we brought them (blacks) here so we did this to ourselves. I'd also say to all white people racism, inequality, and injustice is real, and we (whites) are the only ones that can do anything about it. We lead the country now, and have led it since we stole it from the Indians. Therefore, it is our fault that it is in the horrible social shape it's in.

As a black man I would say to young blacks everywhere, "...don't give 'em (whites) a stick to beat you with." You can only control you. Don't be lazy and stop looking for a "movement" to move things you can move yourself. You don't ever have to commit a crime! Also, the playing field ain't, level and it won't be in our lifetime. So get over it! Seek to be the best that YOU can be, and you and your family WILL have a good life despite racism.

As a man period I say to us all, the US is OUR home. Even if you don't like everything your siblings do you still have to live with them. The Jena 6 situation really started in 1475 (the start of the African Slave Trade). It wasn't until 1865 (the end of slavery) that it was seen as a problem. In 1965 (blacks right to vote) we thought we fixed it. In 1995 (the OJ verdict) we saw we really hadn't. Then, in 2005 (Hurricane Katrina) we ignored the fact that we left a boiling pot on the stove. Now it's spilling over in Jena, Louisiana. So, it took 532 years to get this broken. We had better start now trying to fix it (again) so that when our next chance comes around, in 2015, we might get something right!

I wonder if you can tell what race my family is?

Posted by: imbeav2000 | September 20, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

OFF TOPIC MORON!

Posted by: thedonfett | September 20, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

What are all the righteous certitudes going to do when they get to Jena.. Examine the evidence, question witnesses, conduct investigations?? or...riot.

The difference between law, order and justice is worlds away from mob rule.

Kristalnacht was not much different than the 60's riots.

Posted by: jstratt2 | September 20, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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"The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is the American Branch of a society which originated in England and believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one-world rule established." -Carroll Quigley, member of CFR, mentor to Bill Clinton


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Posted by: calumonit | September 20, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Prejudice is not racism and neither are against the law unless it is used to discriminate against another person in the workplace. Beating a kid into unconsciousnesses is against the law no matter what the reason (outside of self defense - and even then you better have a good excuse for using deadly force)

'The beating followed a string of attacks by white students against black ones that did not result in serious charges'

But does that mean that there were charges? Were the other incidents only minor scuffles. One on one maybe. No need for police interference. Maybe NOT 6 on 1 with a kid beat unconscious.

There is no excuse for violence against another human being. BOTTOM LINE! If a rope hanging from a tree makes you so mad you want to kill someone than you deserve to be locked up for being stupid. Wow that just made me think: what if Christians started doing this every time they saw a cross. Jesus wasn't the only person hung on a cross just like blacks weren't the only one's hung from trees.

Posted by: thedonfett | September 20, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

After reading most of the comments, it really makes me sad to see how truly out of touch with reality some people (mainly white) still are. Clearly many of you do not know the facts of this case. The way these KIDS are being treated is absolutely a matter of race, especially since the whole mess began because black kids sat under a "Whites Only" tree. Not only is it outrageous that such a thing still exists in 2007, but they only sat there because they were given permission to do so...The mere fact that they felt they needed to ask to sit there should be a huge sign to most that there are clearly problems in this town! Then because a few white kids didn't appreciate the fact that black kids were sitting under "their" tree, they decided to prove a point and hang nooses from the tree! I'm sorry people, but I understand no one got hurt, but that is an inexcusable act - there is nothing harmless or funny about that! Another outrageous occurrence was the fact that someone white pulled a gun on a group of blacks, but the blacks were able to wrestle the gun away. When the police arrived, the blacks were arrested for stealing the gun! Come on people! Something is not right in this town. Then there was the fight...Now I'm not saying that they shouldn't be punished for fighting, but the punishment needs to fit the crime. This was not attempted murder! The victim only spent a few hours at the hospital and went to a party the next day! So because of all of this RACIAL tension the Jena 6's lives have been ruined because of racism in 2007. Open your eyes people, this is not the perfect world you think it is and this march is something that is long overdue. It is a demonstration against the inequalities and injustices that occur in our communities everyday! This is not just about Jena 6, it's about America!

Posted by: stephaniehewlett | September 20, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

African Americans living in the city of Jena need to pack up and move and hit the city where it hurts. IN THEIR POCKETS. If justice doesnt prevail then we should show no more support. Taxes and Money help take care of Jena and I'm sure if we pack up and leave they'll fell it one way or another.

Posted by: abraxton3za04 | September 20, 2007 10:41 AM | Report abuse

How could be that this is a democratic party's responsibility to react? The republicans dont see any injustice here? or this is who they are? Racist in nature.

Posted by: lhao333 | September 20, 2007 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I think everyones missing the point here. No matter what the inequality may be, and I think its distgusting that there is such a disparity in the law, but the 'white' kid was still beaten unconscience. That deserves criminal prosecution. The solution isnt for David Bowie to donate 100,000 to get them off, but to spend 100,000 to try and get the 'white' kids who severely beat a 'black' prosecuted. The law should be colour blind, both need prosecuting.

Posted by: benfellows | September 20, 2007 8:23 AM | Report abuse

This incident is about racism and resources. When I read the post in response to this article, the case about the Duke Lacrosse team came to mind. The team members were unjustly accused of rape. When the case was finally resolved during the interview of one of the team members he stated something in the effect of, I only wonder what would have happened to someone who did not have the resources we have. That statement spoke volumes.
The Jena Six had little to no resources; the extremely high bails that were set were way beyond the means of any of the families. The ones who did make bail had to pool resources from relatives. The Lacrosse team players families could hire top attorneys with investigators. The Mychal Bell's family was originally forced to use a public defender, who failed to call a single witness.
In my opinion it was racism that brought the excessive charges and if was a lack of resources that allowed the case to get to this point. Most minorities do not want preferential treatment; they only want a level playing field. If the whites and blacks had been charged properly for their aggressions, this would have not been an issue. In the Lacrosse case the prosecutor ended up being disbarred, let's see what will be the outcome of this prosecutor.
I think what has caused such a national response to this case is some people have seen the same injustice or know it could happen to them or someone they know. Some people has also posted about pervious charges against these young men. Maybe those charges will look differently if looked at more closely.
T. Webb
Newport News, VA

Posted by: webbt | September 20, 2007 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Why did jesse jackson not even garner the nomination? because.....he is a racist who continues to feed the divide and....make money from it aside from keeping his less than a monkey face in front of america. hey all you black folk out there...STOP giving this very bad boy a voice who does not speak for YOU.

Posted by: lindafranke1952 | September 20, 2007 2:16 AM | Report abuse

We continue to miss the real problem with this entire issue. The legal system is designed to ensure that everyone follows the same rules. The legal system in Jena has failed. That is the true problem in this situation. As long as you have people, you will have people who make bad decisions. When these poor choices are made, it is the responsibility of the legal system to correct these actions. This was not done. The big news flash is - IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT COLOR THEY ARE OR WHAT BACKGROUND THEY ARE FROM. IF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM DOES NOT PROTECT THEM, THEY WILL PROTECT THEMSELVES!!! This is not an American trait, this is a human trait. It is utterly stupid to expect these kids to continue to accept this abuse from the white students. It was a matter of time before this situation boiled over. Officials did not do their jobs in making sure the problem was corrected and peace was restored.

This very country that we love has done the same thing. On September 11th, 2001 we were victimized AGAIN, and we as Americans said we were not going to take it any more. We went on the offensive. Now, at this point in time, some say we were right and some say we were wrong, but at that time we all wanted some payback and we sent our military overseas and destroyed two countries. What's the difference? The entire world felt that we were wrong, but the people that should have protected us (United Nations) sat by and just said, "turn the other cheek". We made it known that we will not continue to be victimized. Why do we expect kids to continue to be victimized. Why should they go and sit under the tree until somebody makes them move. Dr. King did great things in the movement for equality in this country, but a huge factor was also the explosive potential when voices of the oppressed were not heard. While I'm on that subject, Dr. King did what he did so that kids in Jena could sit under "the white tree"...........This situation just set this country back atleast 40 years.....or maybe it just let us know we haven't moved very far.

If law enforcement and school officials do not handle these problems swiftly and fairly, they should expect vigilantism and overreaction. I don't condone violence; however it is necessary at times. It is a shame the child getting beaten up at school that severely was not news at all. The incidents prior to these ridiculous charges were not news. They should have sparked the same outrage. But the icing on the cake, and what really brought this to the forefront is that the ones educated and entrusted to carry out criminal justice responsibilities made worse choices than the perpetrators.

I am a man of color and I am also a police officer. This situation hurts me two ways. I too get tired of blacks pulling the race card for no reason. The fact is that most people in jail are there because they did it.....So when are we going to really learn to play by the rules and keep ourselves out of that situation? But on the other side, how can we if we are not protected from victimization. And I can also say that punishment is much stiffer for people of color. I have been called a racist, an uncle Tom and plenty of other things. And though I hear every day that I stopped a vehicle or arrested a person because they were black and I know it's bull, that ignorant person doesn't close my eyes to the fact that these things still occur. In the case of Jena, it is very obvious that decisions were made based on race and it embarrasses me as a law enforcement professional. If I had my way, every Jena official dealing with this case would be charged with criminal offenses. It will happen again somewhere, but the Justice Dept. should make sure it never happens again in Jena. A strong message should be sent that this is not 1968.

Posted by: a1914cop | September 20, 2007 1:08 AM | Report abuse

badforu
"Am i racist? I dont thinks so. I most definitly am not stupid"

Of course you are a racist, but definitely not stupid. It's easier to change the mindset of dumb people but hard to change that of bigots.

Posted by: sara_ramf | September 20, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

The Jena 6 incident happened 3 months after the "noose" thing. AND, nobody was physically beaten during the noose thing. Sorry!

But I say, "Free The Aunt Jemima Six!"

Posted by: BoyHowdy | September 20, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Any peaceful congregation which protests an injustice in equality is an appropriate an important response to demonstrate. I sincerely hope that from the Jena6 situation, we can continue to build an effective framework to mitigate the injustices a disproportionate number face in america.

Posted by: halbertech | September 20, 2007 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Jackson's Possible Motive:

He knows Hillary's got it in the bag.

He's already made points with his black constituency by endorsing Obama.

What better way to get back in Hillary's good graces than to inflict the most possible damage on Obama in the black community than to accuse him of acting like white. This comment also plays with progressives.

What Jackson accomplishes:

1. Hillary owes.
2. Obama can't complain because Jackson's endorsement of him is repeated.
3. Jackson wins the continuing accolades of the blacks for standing up for them.
4. One ups Sharpton.


Posted by: malo8000 | September 20, 2007 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Its the year 2007, and there are still concernes on racism!! thats tragic! im getting to a point where i just cant believe that people STILL care about the color of each others skin! We should all grow up, and see each other as the equals that we are.

Posted by: kissthecook_lgj | September 20, 2007 12:03 AM | Report abuse

There are no words that can justify ignorance. Both sides are wrong and they need to wake up and grow up. This is a sad situation. We as a nation should not be divided by race, religion or social class. However, this just goes to prove there is still work to do.

I am still upset about the Michael Vick situation. No one seems to remember that years ago white people used to sic dogs on black people and it was alright, the white people would sit back and laugh.

I'm saying it's right, but you reap what you sow.

Posted by: buzzmee | September 19, 2007 11:57 PM | Report abuse

As the foundation of capitalism in this country, racism will never become a non-entity. It's unfortunate because humanity and compassion are not at the foundation of our existence. They are however, something that we come to interpret through learned behaviors and experiencing our own emotions. That being said, I think it's important to recognize the social ills that are at the core of this issue rather than point fingers. The white students as well as the black students made some bad choices. It's just clear that the punishments were not handed down without racial bias. To acknowledge that there is a racial bias and let it persist is indeed racism, and I hope and pray that humanity and compassion will prevail in America and hand down fair punishements in 2007 rather than commit the same sins that have perverted judicial institutions, as well as others, since the beginnings of their existence. It's time for a change.

Posted by: pdsmith11 | September 19, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe any of these posts. The problem is that people are reacting with their emotions instead of their brains.

I think we can all agree that the authorities (both school and legal) made a bunch of mistakes. A lot of that comes down to who had what information, and when. I hope that appropriate charges are brought against anyone who perpetrated a crime - black and white.

Anyone who says this is all about race is wrong. That is how it started, but that's not what it's about any more. Now it's about a bunch of people (myself included) opining about how badly the system works, and placing blame.

What the black kids should have done is what Martin Luther King would have done - they should have gone and sat under that "white" tree until somebody forced them to move. If the black kids had refused to engage the white kids in back and forth racism, then they would have won. Now there can be no victory, just a whole bunch of losers.

People have to be a whole lot smarter than this if we're ever going to get over our country's history. I don't think enough people want to get beyond this - many people of all races want to use racism as a tool to get more power. The more you have divided interest groups, the more you can play on people's emotions and try to use them to get what you want.

Rather than blaming the parents, the government, or racism in general, we should start by blaming ourselves. If every one of us had it in our minds to always be better, to always do the right thing, then nobody would have done anything that lead to this whole stupid situation.

Posted by: shepherc | September 19, 2007 10:02 PM | Report abuse

It always amazes me how white people refuse to acknowledge that racism still exist. It is pointless to engage those people in dialogue. No one but God can bring sight to the blind. I'm even more stunned to hear white women say that black people cry racism and they feel it is a crutch. Do these same white women feel sexism is a crutch? No rational person of intelligence can see what happened in Jena and believe those young men were treated fairly. White people often use misdirection and misinformation to try and justify the position of bias. Mychal Bell, to whom roscoa was referring to, does has a criminal record. However, that does not negate the obvious disparity between how the white students and black students were treated. How is that the shoes of black students were considered lethal weapons, but a white student pulling a shotgun on the black students was totally ignored? Why are 5 of the 6 black students facing identical charges and only Mychal Bell had a criminal record (once again that doesn't matter in this case)? White America does not want to deal with the racial problems of this nation. If they did, they would first acknowledge there is a problem. Look, I personally believe that some black people do use race as an excuse for their individual shortcomings. However, that does not void the vast majority of us that experience true and legitimate discrimination on a daily basis. My wife and I are middle class college educated professionals. We have achieved in spite of racism and discrimination. I was often the only black person in my classes. I'm often the only black person in meetings at work. Because of this we have to be smarter and work harder just to achieve as much as our white counterparts. For all you white people that refuse to believe the effects of racism are real, try an experiment. Get one of your buddies and go for a walk uphill. But before you start, put on a 40lb weight vest. See how much harder and how much more effort it's going to take for you to keep up with your friend that's not wearing the vest. Our black skin is that 40lb weight vest and America is one big ass hill.

Posted by: duane1205 | September 19, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

terryocon789 said: "As long as African Americans continue to cry racism even when it is not justified other groups will come to this country and run circles around them academically and financially."

In the Jena 6 case, it's justified. It's so sad that you can't take the blinders off for one minute. What about the hanging nooses, the guns, the broken glass bottle--all in the whites' possession. Do they not deserve to be reprimanded for that? Oh my God, do you have any children, any siblings, any nieces or nephews? What if they were faced with what the Jena 6 kids are faced with, how would you feel? Being tried as an adult and possibly getting 22 years for a school fight is ridiculously racist. Because if a white person was faced with this dilemma, in the US justice system, he will definitely NOT be tried as an adult and surely NOT given 22 years.

Why should we continue to standy by and allow the lives of our young kids, our future, be destroyed because of injustice? Maybe you may think we're crying racism when it's not justified, but you are entitled to your own opinion. But, as long as I have breath in my body, I will fight for those babies to have a fair chance in life--a fair chance to make it in this world, academically, financially, mentally and spiritually. I don't worry about any other groups coming to America and running circles around me; I worry about giving our babies (black or otherwise) a fair chance. And, it keeps me busy. You just need to thank God that you don't have that burden to worry about.

Posted by: he_kept_me | September 19, 2007 9:50 PM | Report abuse

This is so much bigger than Jesse & Al at this point. It's become a movement that has snowballed and crossed many racial/ethnic/socioeconomic lines. If you've read the story for yourself and know the facts, if you've listened to various commentary (other than FOX news) from lawyers (both black & white)& others who study & know the law, and other voices in the black community (check out Steve Harvey (yes the comedian), Michael Baisden, Rus Par, Tom Joyner, Ricky Smiley (yes the comedian), Ice Cube (can you belive it...yes the rapper), even David Bowie!) this is about more than race. Let's all dig a little deeper please.

Race was a catalyst in this case, but the question is what is right and what is wrong. In my opinion, this case is about inequality in the justice system especially (but not only) in Jena. It also has to do with money. Ask yourself, if these young black boys were the sons of millionaires would this even be happening right now? Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, & other rich/famous only had to serve days in jail. What if they were poor?

I agree with the above post in that the parents apparently didn't step up like they needed to before it got this far, but from everything I've read, they've dealt with this "white tree" issue and other underlying racial tensions, their entire lives. Why would you expect the parents to step up and make change when this is all they know. These kids are the spark that bought this to light, and now it's shining throughout the world. Hopefully it will make us all stop and take a look at ourselves and evaluate the -isms (race,sex, etc.) that we allow to go on in our daily lives.

Regardless of whether the boys were white, black, hispanic, indian, french, asian, ect. Does the punishment fit the crime? No. This is about appropriate justice being served.

I also wish that if people choose to comment on the story, that they take the time to inform themselves of all of the facts and make an educated opinion, not just an opinion based on one ride through one town, one day. We all need to learn to be more tolerant of differences regardless of color.

Posted by: danielsk2 | September 19, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Ive heard of these attacks on blacks piror to the attack on the white student. Havnt read one news story on any of these attacks. Only the one in which it seems that 6 black kids vicisouly beat a white student. To some, they may think being knocked unconsious and kicked is a walk in the park and the poor perpentrators are sweet boys that was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Same ole stuff... Yeah ur right. The past histroy of these kids have no bearing on who they are today. Here a hint... if the kids are under 18 ... there parents need to be on trial!!!! how about that. Put it where it belongs. They are like they are because that is what they come from.

Wish they would of posted the real news of New Orleans as it was happening. The south is very racist in a reverse fashion.

Racism ... we are far far beyond that point. There is outright hostilities between the races. As u see, violence. Sad.

Look at the reality. If u dont see with ur eyes open... some bad days may be ahead for u.

I wonder why "white" people have to be tolerant of EVERYTHING. And no one else has to be tolerant of a damn thing. Say something out of line to a black person. Call a homosexaul anything. Draw a picture of mohommand. Say something about a jew. None of these people are tolerant of anything. It is a sad situation and not getting better.

i am white and live in a white nieghborhood. They ship in black students to go to our school, they live in another city , only a few miles away. My son has had a problem with a group of black students. Thankfully the school admins took care of the problem. But now that these kids are familuar with our school and stuff over here. After getting suspended from school they come over here and hang out. 2 of my sons friends got beat up by this same group. Something simular to the jena 6. $4,000 in hospital bills for one. Not very nice.Thank God it wasnt my son. Same stuff happening in that incident. They are dragging there feet. Downplaying an outright vicious attack. Making getting kicked in the head to mean nothing. That happened 2 years ago.. still waiting on action.. charges pending.

Beyond doing anything about. Its pretty much in everyones back yard now.

Am i racist? I dont thinks so. I most definitly am not stupid. And just because someone says something it does not make it so. If you see what u see and decide what u decide. Well thats up to you. I make my own opinions through what ive seen and dealt with in life. What others have to say matters little to me. If they choose to live in a bubble or lie to themselves. Certainly they have that freedom to do that as long as it dosnt infringe on my freedom to live my life with my own opinions.

Hopefully Justice and not Racism prevails in this case. And if those guys did beat another person. Then they need to go where they wont be beating anymore people, regardless of race.

Posted by: badforu | September 19, 2007 8:44 PM | Report abuse

2007 and we're still dealing with racism,no matter where you are there's racism every where, why is it so hard to get along ? is the color of my skin that important ? why don't we look at each other the way little children do ? they play with each other, there not looking at the color of each others skin there looking at some one to play with, it's sad we're suppose to be the examples for the children, but we can learn a lot from them.GROW UP AMERICA SEE LIFE THE WAY OUR LITTLE ONES DO.

Posted by: djmcree | September 19, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

As long as African Americans continue to cry racism even when it is not justified other groups will come to this country and run circles around them academically and financially.

Posted by: terryocon789 | September 19, 2007 8:02 PM | Report abuse

It is so sad what roscoa posted. First of all, I was born and raised in Shreveport, LA. And, with your mentality, I don't think you would ever understand racism; because you never really had to face it. You say blacks in Shreveport are extremely racist against whites? You don't know the meaning of the word. What you may have experienced was a reality check that Blacks are fed up with injustice in all walks of life. Most whites, regardless of the area of the U.S., they do not have bad criminal records because they get probation or a slap on the wrist for the same exact crime that a black person may commit. Look at the prison system and see the ratio of blacks to whites. That should tell you something. I know young blacks that have spent half of their lives in prison for passing bad checks, forgery or some other crime. What does the white man get--probation and possibly a fine? And, if a white person commit murder, they're out of prison before the black person who wrote the bad check. The justice system in the US is a joke. And, they're so blatant about it. They don't care if blacks are aware of what they're doing. Some whites just think that this is their country and the life of a black person is of no value. The court-appointed lawyers are a complete and utter joke! They are bought by the justice system--in other words, don't do what we ask and you don't get your paycheck.

What about the black boy who was busted across the head by an older white man with a broken glass bottle? A glass bottle is indeed a weapon. What about the two gun incidents perpetrated on the black kids by the whites? Not one of the whites were charged and jailed. But, taking a gun from someone who's about to shoot you warrants criminal charges and jail time? I just thank God that I am saved because I realize that racism is satan's biggest tool. And, these whites have to be full of hate to even think they're doing what is right. I really feel sorry for the cold hearts that occupy racists. But, I refuse to become a victim and allow these things to happen to my brothers and sisters. And, my brothers and sisters are all colors. Because if I saw this same injustice happening to a white person, an oriental, a mexican, I would be just as outraged. I know how it feels; I've lived it--so, I will empathize and support whomever goes through this same injustice.

So roscoa, please educate yourself; you sound like a foolish person. Also, ask God to soften your heart and give you the ability to empathize with others.

Posted by: he_kept_me | September 19, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Only morons and children type in ALL CAPS!

Posted by: smokingbishop | September 19, 2007 7:23 PM | Report abuse

This shouldn't be about finger pointing--it saddens me that most Americans think like the first person who posted...

Where in the hell were the parents -- all of the parents, white and black?

Shame on the parents of the kids who hung the nooses for hiding behind a seemingly racist and insensitive school board when their kids were inexcusably wrong. Shame on the parents of the "Jena Six" for blaming white racism for the cowardice of a six-on-one attack.

And shame on the prosecutor, the media and Al Sharpton for not rising above the ignorance and distortions, and seeking a truth that will set everyone in Jena free, including the "Jena Six."

Support the truth of our human condition people and recognize all of our need for justice and humanity! With adult perspectives indicative of the ignorance that is prevalent, it is a shame to know the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

Posted by: elaine | September 19, 2007 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I must have went to sleep and woke up in the 1950's. How can you say the only racism you have experienced is from blacks. I live in a Northern city and still experience racism. Since you seem to have forgotten it is 2007 and Jim Crow is over. How fair is it to charge a teenager for adult crimes for a fight. Is fighting right no, but is blatant racism, such as hanging nooses right. No!

Posted by: kaamilah1982 | September 19, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Isnt it ironic the first writer says he never encountered racism except for Blacks. I wonder if he is Black. The most important thing in Jena 6 is that nobody including the white male "victim" had clean hands. The argument which is being missed is that a Black male was badly beaten by white students and nothing was done. Most importantly is what got this matter started and that was the fact there was a tree where only whites could sit. After Black students asked and were granted permission y the school to sit under the tree nooses were hung from the tree. Yet nothing was done and it was considered a bad joke. I wonder if the response would have been the same if they were Jewish students and it had been something from the Nazi party or pictures of Hitler or pictures of gas chambers in Germnay. See that is the problem the racism was allowed to continue, to fester and then it exploded like a boil. Here is the question. Is it appropriate to have any facility where only one race is allowed to sit. I am not talking about where groups elect to sit together but where groups are not alowed to sit. And while we are talking about who was a bad *** before the incident what about the White male who allegedly brought a gun to school and was not charged. My other question is this -- where is the Justice Department with regard to civil rights violations on both sides.

Posted by: fayespolitics | September 19, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse

What about the white man pulling a gun on some black kids and when they took the gun from him they were charge with arm robbery come on america thats not right when will injustice make ALL people no matter what color mad enough to help stop it. when it happen to YOU............

Posted by: leatricejones | September 19, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

IF that is true it does not have ANYTHING to do with white kids getting a slap on the hand and blacks going to jail.What do you say about the white kids hanging nooses is that ok.If he does have a bad past the word is past he was going to school so MAYBE he was trying to turn things around and a past record does not give a free ride to whites

Posted by: leatricejones | September 19, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

FIRST OFF, THE BLACK KID HAS A VERY BAD CRIMINAL RECORD ,INCLUDING BEATING HIS GIRLFRIEND SO BADLY HER EYEBALL WAS KNOCKED OUT OF HER SKULL,PULLING OUT HIS PENIS AND URINATING IN CLASS,ECT. THAT WAS PROBABLY WHY HE WAS TREATED MORE HARSHLY, SECOND ,IN MY TRAVELS TO LOUISIANA,THE ONLY RACISM I ENCOUNTERED WAS BLACK PEOPLE BEING EXTREMELY RACIST AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE. IN PARTICULAR SHREVEPORT, HORRIBLY RACIST PLACE. SO BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT.BUT LIVING IN REALITY WILL DO SOCIETY MORE GOOD THAN LETTING SHARPTON AND JESSE JACKSON STIR UP POLITICAL RACISM TO LINE THIER POCKETS.BUT THEN I GUESS THATS THE ONLY WAY THEY KNOW HOW TO MAKE A BUCK.I MEAN A MILLION BUCKS.

Posted by: roscoa | September 19, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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