Jena on Sojourner’s Blog

Lydia Bean posted this reflection on the protests in Jena on the blog “God’s Politics.”  The piece asks why so many white Americans don’t understand what all the fuss is about, or even complain that the Jena 6 is just another incident of “black kids playing the race card to escape responsibility.”  The answer is that too many Americans see black youth only as a potential threat, not as a young person with potential.  White Americans have come to see justice as a zero-sum game, because black youth have been so demonized in our culture that we no longer see them as “our” young citizens in need of protection and support.  We need to change that “us vs. them” mentality, and take responsibility for protecting black youth from racial threats, violence, and injustice in the courts.  America needs a transformed moral imagination.

http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/09/jena-is-america-by-lydia-bean.html

28 thoughts on “Jena on Sojourner’s Blog

  1. mullah cimoc say jena show ameriki society so mix up and be destroy.

    in waziristan these boy get the flog and beating and the father of each boy also. this to teach the respect of law flogging for six on one cowards attacking white boy.

    but fake divil right leaders (appointed by him whitie control media and filthy black man like sharpton) tell ameriki it okay for the back boys attacking whitie. worser still him ameriki so mental destroy think it okay for black to coward attack white boy.

    white ameriki male not having the gonad now. him accept loiethat all white man the evil and must destroy the patriarchy allow woman take over. for this ameriki destroy at this moment, man the feminize and woman the slut with LBT (low back tattoo). this sign of destroying of ameriki.

    google: mighty wurlitzer +cia

    then ameriki discover how brain control work technical in usa.

  2. I am a white American. I am watching this Jena 6. I am sad that there is racism still in America. I believe the charges are much to severe for these boys. However, the fact that they did get physical with six guys on one does warrant punishment. What sort of punishment would you recommend for this incident?

  3. I agree totally. I just responded to a man from the UK, his question was, almost exact to what you posted. “What’s the big fuss”. I found myself getting real upset about that, but there will always be someone who can only understand the struggles they go through on a personal level. It never mattered to me what race someone was when I found myself feeling someone’s pain, aggrevation, or concerns. People who believe that blacks are just rallying for attention, or to avoid being penalized, are the same people who have a hand in destroying this nation, and the rest of the earth. We as a people, took the balance out of nature, and without balance, the doors are open for Chaos. Things have to change, but the sad part about it, the people who want to make things better, will most likely not be around if it ever happen. People who are racist lives their lives trying to bring down others, but they forget that one day they will have to answer to a higher power, then they will see exactly how wrong their time has been spent on earth.

  4. How do you protect black youths from violence and injustice blah blah blah, when they committ violent crimes. Not all black youths committ crimes right? Soooo the ones that do have to take responsibility when they get caught and quit pulling the race card. Its more like we need to protect people from violent people-applies to all races.

  5. I believe, that for too long Black America and White America alike, have pretended that “racism” is no longer a clear and present danger. Nearly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 40 years since the Civil Rights Movement, this should be and is an issue much more of today, than it ever was.

    Black America has come a mighty long way but have we truly overcome? We have assimilated into the societies and establishments of the world, redefining ourselves every step of the way, but have we forgotten how these accomplishments and advancements were made possible?

    The Jena 6, is horribly vivid reminder of a very real and prevalent struggle. A struggle we simply can not forget.

  6. I am in the field of Civil Rights for over 30 years ( I began when I was one!). Jokes apart. It seems that the 60’s and 70’/’s there was more activism on Civil Rights. Later on after “some” precidential elections this has been lost. Lets not give up.
    As a profesional and executive I am in the inside, and belive me. Discrimination is much more alive , but now,is like a snake slidding under the grass. It is worst than before. I have work with it and attempting to stop it. It is sickening!.
    As minorities we need to work together not as blacks or hispanics or asian but one united group. We could accomplish something and advance in this polluted society.

  7. Our children are our future. Let us go forward and do not stop. The justice system in America must be overhauled. Please tell me what i can do.

  8. The issue is stupidity followed by even more stupidity. Yes, it was wrong to put nooses in the tree, but does that make it allright to beat someone to the hospital. I dont know why intelligence is thrown out the window when someone enters the race card. You are all stupid people when the only response is to unfold how much you’ve suffered. Hell for most of us, we were not even around during those times.

    Come on, lets all put the race cards down and try to get ahead based on your intelligence, or in this case your lack of it.

    If you want to succeed, act like it. If you want a play race games, go live in another country where you can play all day.

    Upon my soapbox,

  9. I BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE WHO BELIEVE THE BLACK STUDENTS ARE OVERREACTING AND THAT ALL BLACK PEOPLE SUPPORTING THEM ARE OVERREACTING ARE VERY IGNORANT!!! I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE WHO INVOLVE THERE SELVES IN ACTS OF RACISM LIKE HANGING DOLLS FROM A TREE SHOULD BE INCRIMINATED. I ALSO BELIEVE IF THE WHITE STUDENTS WERE BLACK THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST THEM FOR THE RACES ACT!!!!SO WHY ARE WE OVERREACTING??????

  10. “Me and Jessica Oliver was walking out of the gym when all of a sudden a tall black boy came running from the side and jumped Justin Barker and slammed his head on the concrete beam that people sometimes sit on. Theo Shaw and a group of other blacks were all standing there waiting (?) on Justin and after he was knocked out cold on the ground Carwin Jones and Robert Bailey started kicking his head for no reason at all. Me + Jessica looked over and there was blood pouring out of his ears and his hands were shaking because he was knocked out cold, then Mrs. Sharp made us go to class.”
    This is a student account of what happened. There was no link found between the incident where nooses were hung from a tree and this incident.
    Everyone who “supports the Jena Six” is a violently racist scumbag. Anyone who is marching or shouting about freeing the Jena Six is a sick, twisted racist who supports beating unconscious school children till blood pours out of their ears and their hands shake from invulantary spasms associated with massive head trauma. It’s a wonder the boy wasn’t killed. It’s even more a wonder that at least thousands of black people today have more in common with a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan than they have with Martin Luther King. How far civil rights have progressed, that the worst of black society are the spokespeople for all black society. Where the rallying cry of “black civil rights” is easily a parallel with the worst racist slogans of the Ku Klux Klan from the fifties. It’s like all of the worst criminal white racists from the fifties have been reincarnated as black people and are trying to recreate every injustice in some kind of photo negative. Or maybe it’s just the same evil people, reincarnated over and over, commiting the same crimes over and over. Always with the diabolical guise of some kind of perverted justice. Always as some other race or religion, to try and inspire hatred and violence among all people against all people. All of you supporting the Jena 6 really need to think objectively and decide if you aren’t mindlessly taking some polarized point of view that only forwards ignorance and hate.

    The same crime should be punished the same way, regardless of race. I for one think the Jena Six should be charged with a hate crime and attempted murder and charged as adults. I have the same standard for any six people who stomp on the head of a defenseless unconscious school child regardless of race. The black people who see a great injustice towards black people in this case would be the first to scream for the same penalty if the races involved were reversed. In fact, there was a similar case involving five white minors attacking a black man, they are serving 15 years. So give the Jena Six fifteen years and SHUT THE HELL UP!

    Those seeing a moral equivalance between three OTHER students hanging nooses from a tree and a DIFFERENT student being brutally beaten are criminally stupid and hateful animals. You can’t possible tell if you are killing someone or just paralyzing them for life or merely sending them to the hospital if six of you are stomping on their unconscious head while their hands spasm and blood pours from their ears. The Jena six are disgusting cowards and monsters. They would be if they were white or black or yellow or brown. And those SUPPORTING them are just as ignorant and evil as the worst Ku Klux Klan member who ever lived. You should be proud of yourselves, some of you are officially as bad as what you claim YOU had to fight against. (Even though YOU never fought against it, someone else did, and they would never have become what you have become.)

  11. I am very sad that a white public official would speak to any group of young Americans as the Dist Atty in Jena did at that school gathering. With that kind of comment from an adult to “our kids”, yes, “OUR KIDS” ! Says,by itself, that something wrong.. BIG TIME. All the young people involved in this;another traditional America tragdey. are ours: Black, white, Asian, Latino, all!

    It seem the black student sdid try to use” the chain of command ” to express their hurt feelings they even told their parents. The principal did the right thing in the beginning of the problem, dimenstrating he is a caretaker of the youths, The fact that he was over ruled is as much the cause of this uglines as theyouths actioning out.

    If the adults the community had their jobs in attacking this as they should we would be celebrating an American community success story. Again we must admit our young will mirror the thoughts, ideas, ugliness and the love of their elder.

    Hey ya grown folk in Jena this is really your mess, that you have allow to poision “OUR KIDS”.

    I am very proud of the young black bloggers who have taken up the banner for universial justice. It is they who are atacked with this diease, it seems like almost everyday. The sadder part of this whole manner is that some white folks can not see the “loggs in the eyes.”

  12. WTF?!?!?!
    Protecting anybody that beats a person sensless and continues after loss of conciousness(sp) is the most ridiculous thing that I’ve ever heard.
    I don’t care what the motivation.
    Sure the white boys shouldn’t been so stupid as to hang nooses on a tree in this day and age of, “oh we gotta walk on eggshells, or offend the relative of an oppressed person.”
    Still no reason to act like the animals the society perceives them to be. Don’t seem like youth with much potential to me, ‘cept maybe the pontial to kill each other, or someone else, or potentially get put in jail.
    They couldn’t prove that they were young strong men by ignoring the ignorance of the white trash that hung the nooses. They prove that they were lower than their peers by taking the ordeal to extremes that they should be punished for.

    I could ramble and ramble on this topic, simply put, punishment should fit the crime.

  13. Maggie says as minorities we need to work together? What do you need to work on? What more could you possibly have? If you own a business as a minority you get first shot at Government contracts, if you happen to be a black, handicapped woman good God you ought to be a millionaire 10 times over. You can have Black Entertainment Television, all black schools, a negro college fund, black awards shows…….now wait a minute, isn’t this what you didn’t want the whites to have in the 70’s? Admit it, if you complain and use the race card, you get everything handed to you on a silver platter. I am sick of politicians giving into the black community everytime you begin to bitch because things didn’t go the way you wanted them to. In the white community you are taought that things don’t always go the way you want them to, we call it “life”. You call it an injustice. I do wish people in positions of authority would grow a pair and learn to say “shut the hell up” instead of “what can we do to kiss your ass today”! Those of you who believe in this make me sick. You want to end racism? Quit digging at it every time life doesn’t go your way.

  14. Assault is not the same as hanging a noose from a tree.
    I could see the comparison for there were assaults from both sides but this is not the case.
    Violence is what makes people concerned not pranks.

  15. I am a Black man from the South and former head of a local NAACP. I am 65 years old and lived through the Jim Crow era. I marched at Selma, Birmingham, Atlanta with MLK.
    And, I believe that the charges of attempted murder against those 6 Black boys was correct. If everything had been the same, except that the races of those involved were swapped, all fair-minded Black people, and Whites, would be shouting to the heavens that attempted murderer and hate crime charges should be leveled.
    This I believe is true and, therefore, exposes the lies and hypocrisy of everyone who supports the “Jena Thug 6”. There is no one here who has posted in support of these 6 gang-bangers who would agree with me about their twisting of the facts and hypocrisy. But, they all know I am telling the truth in their hearts. If it had been 6 White boys on one Black boy, the FOJ and their supporters would have been demanding these White boys head on a platter.

  16. YOU MICHAEL AND TYRONE JACKSON ARE IGNORANTLY INCORRECT!!!

    APPARENTLY YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING TOO MUCH TV AND HAVE NOT TRULY FOLLOWED THIS CASE TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING IT!

    HAVE YOU EVEN TAKEN THE TIME TO READ UP AND RESEARCH THE INCIDENCES SURROUNDING THE CASE AT ALL??? IF SO THEN YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO SOCIETY TO STAND BY AND ACCEPT WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE.

    TAKE A LOOK AT THE FACTS:

    PUBLIC OFFICIALS INCLUDING THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SCHOOL, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND IT APPEARS EVEN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL VIOLATED THE LAW AND LEFT YOUNG CHILDREN NO OTHER CHOICE BUT TO SETTLE THEIR DISPUTES THE BEST WAY THEY COULD…THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO RELY ON US — THE ADULTS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO HELP GUIDE THEM AND NURTURE THEM TO GROW. IF WE DO NOT SET THE PROPER EXAMPLE WHAT DO YOU EXPECT OF THEM??? WHITE — BLACK — BROWN — YELLOW — INDIFFERENT!

    IF ALL YOU DO IS LOOK AT MAINSTREAM MEDIA THEN YOU ARE FOOLED. THEY ONLY REPORT WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW WHICH IS MOSTLY SENSATIONALIZED.

    Consider these facts and you will see how skewed the media is and who really needs to be prosecuted in this case:
    (1) The Superintendent of the school dismissed a criminal act by the white kids hanging 3 nooses as a prank. Louisiana state law states that this is a form of harassment– it is a non-verbal threat that has caused a reasonable person to fear for his or her life. Since he is a public official he should be upholding the law.
    And, fights broke out long before the Jena 6 and Justin Barker were involved. White kids jumped a black kid first and stomped, kicked and beat him down to the ground before the incident happend with Jean 6. Justin Barker the white kid attacked by Jena 6 boys taunted and teased the blacks for “getting their asses kicked by white kids) (Please read and research this site and others that details the case) —
    AGAIN, THE ADULTS IN THIS CASE SHOULD BE PROSECUTED!!!!!

    (2) The District Attorney should be prosecuted because he violated the law. He made a direct verbal threat when he addressed the students in a school assembly and looked over at the blacks sitting in the auditorium and threatened them by stating “If you don’t stop this mess, with the stroke of a pen I have the power to change your lives forever”. And as we all can see he is carrying out these threats. On top of that he has boldy gone on record stating that he said this.

    (3) The Attorney General did not take responsibility for this case instead he punted it over to the US Attorney’s office. According to Louisiana state law it is the Attorney Generals responsibility to investigate the case and if a state attorney or any attorney is in violation, the Attorney General must seek approval from the courts to supersede the attorney on the case. Clearly this has not happened. ATTORNEY GENERAL COFI IS CONCERNED ONLY ABOUT HIS CONSTITUENTS. Protests have been going on well before September 20th. And 60,000 marching on Jena has not changed a thing. The District Attorney SHOULD NOT have been allowed to prosecute this case at all. He is still on this case and you can be assured that his position has not changed.. According to reports he is seeking to appeal last weeks courts decision to turn the case over to Juvenile courts. Originally the case was being tried in Adult court and the District Attorney was requesting a 100 year sentence. Sentence now since it has been turned over to Juvenile court has been reduced to 22 years. PLEASE NOTE: This is a scheme–the case is being appealed by the District Attorney to bring it back to Adult court. Therefore, if the judges rule in favor of the unjust in this case then a precedence will be set for future arguments against our civil liberties in this country. Also, remember that this case is one of six. Hence, “Jena 6”. All six boys could have been tried as one to have a better understanding of what happened, to save time and money and to expedite the process. The scheme is to try them all separately to breakdown the system and wear out the attorneys and or defenders and those who will fight against them.

    (3) The Sheriff should be prosecuted for holding Mychal Bell even though he can post bail. Just last week, the sheriff has decided to hold Mycal Bell for an additional 3 weeks to allow this corrupt scheme to continue until they get their way…The District Attorney is appealing the decision now to move the case back to Adult court See how they operate. In the meantime, this kid is in jail still—thousands have marched — there is a public outcry — the world is watching and the corrupt are bold enough to pursue this anyway on their terms — not the law.

    (4) The FCC should be prosecuted for allowing the News to skew reports — we could be on the verge of a civil war about something like this! Consider the facts that were reported from independent journals such as Friends of Justice, Truthout.org and NPR among others that do not line their pockets based on advertising dollars and therefore are not told by their bosses to follow the script or be fired…

    READ AND RESEARCH PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    STOP LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO STATE AN OPINION AND ACCEPT THAT AS TRUTH…TAKE THE TIME TO FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING.

    I AM APPALLED AT YOU TYRONE. YOU DISGRACE US BY SHOUTING YOU WERE PREVIOUSLY A NAACP REPRESENTATIVE. YOU SHOW YOUR IGNORANCE TO THE WORLD. GET OFF YOUR LAZY BUTT AND DO SOME GROUND WORK — TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY AND DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF ALL PEOPLE AS YOU SHOULD –WITH A DISCERNING EYE!!!!!

    HERE’S A START — JUST READ THIS SITE MORE CAREFULLY!!! THERE ARE SEVERAL PAGES ON THIS SITE THAT FULLY DISCLOSE THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE JENA 6 CASE. TAKE YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IF WE ARE NOT CAREFUL WE WILL BE AT A CIVIL WAR HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE — PLEASE — PLEASE READ AND RESEARCH AND THEN FOLLOW UP AND TAKE ACTION FOR CHANGE TO INSTILL PEACE IN THIS WORLD!!!!!!

  17. I want equal justice!
    Why is that scale so tipped?
    That thing we call justice…where is it?
    That thing we call equality…where is it?
    That place we call UNITED…where is it?

    “If it had been 6 White boys on one Black boy, the FOJ and their supporters would have been demanding these White boys head on a platter.”-Tyrone Jackson

    -If this was the case, then the white boys who beat Robert Bailey Jr. up at the party, at the Fair Barn, before the “Jena Six” incident, would each have their “head on a platter”, and the white man (graduate of Jena high school) who pulled a shotgun on the black boys in the gas station/grocery store would have his “head on a platter”, and surely the kids who hung the nooses at the high school would have their “head on a platter”, but that’s not the case, in fact, it’s the six black boys who each have their “head on a platter”.

    “How do you protect black youths from violence and injustice blah blah blah, when they committ violent crimes. Not all black youths committ crimes right? Soooo the ones that do have to take responsibility when they get caught and quit pulling the race card. Its more like we need to protect people from violent people-applies to all races.”-Texas

    -I guess protecting black youth from violence and injustice “blah blah blah” is not on your mind. Actually, it doesn’t seem like protecting youth in any race from violence and injustice is on your mind either since you are really talking about all races, right?

    Why is it that in Jena, La., where 3 nooses are hung on a tree, only after three black students sat under it, the act is not considered a hate crime by the local officials, but when students recently discovered a noose (ONE NOOSE) hanging near the black student center at the University of Maryland their local authorities labeled it a hate crime?

    A funny thing that I have come to realize as I read through various blogs and even facebook on this subject is that “anti-Jena Six” people seem to be the ones who aren’t very informed on the subject matter. I have seen that many of them are just basing their decision on one article they read (probably from a bias source) or something they have heard from someone else. Who’s doing the research? Who’s weeding out the bull crap and coming up with an honest opinion? Not many of the “anti-Jena Six” people and, in my opinion, that is ignorance and helps me understand why they would be “anti-Jena Six”.

    “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
    -Luke 23:34

  18. TO YOU MULLAH CIMOC:

    YOUR LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING AND VIEW OF AMERICA SHOWS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO TELL THE TRUTH IN THE NEWS.

    MAINSTREAM MEDIA PAINTS A PICTURE THAT DEPICTS THIS SOCIETY THE WAY THEY WANT YOU AND OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD TO SEE US — AND IT IS A DISGRACE —

    MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS PROGRAMMED OUR SOCIETY SO MUCH THAT WE EVEN BUY INTO IT OURSELVES…

    MY RESPONSE TO YOU IS TO ASK THAT YOU NOT PERPETUATE THIS NATIONS INFECTIOUS MORALS AS IT APPLIES TO HOW WE DETERMINE AND WRITE DEVELOP THE LAW.

    AMERICA — HOME OF THE FREE IS A FALLACY!
    THIS IS BASED ON THE FALSE HOPES THAT THE FOREFATHERS OF THIS NATION CREATED WHEN DRAWING UP THE CONSTITUTION.

    MINORITIES INCLUDING WOMEN ARE CONSIDERED LESS THAN A WHOLE PERSON UNDER THE CONSTITUTION AND THE POWERS AT BE WILL NOT HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.

    THIS IS EVIDENT BY THE WAY PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN THIS SOCIETY DAILY. IT IS EVIDENT IN THE INEQUALITIES AND DISPARITIES OF INCOME — COMPARE STUDIES OF WHITE MENS SALARIES VERSUS OTHERS IN THIS NATION WHICH IS WIDELY KNOWN AND PUBLISHED AND THIS ALONE WILL PROVE MY POINT!

    THIS NATION WAS BUILT ON A LIE.
    WE ARE STILL LIVING THAT LIE TODAY.
    CHANGES WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL WE ALL COME TO GRIPS WITH THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. I am so tired of hearing how this white kid was beat so badly and then after the beating was kicked over and over!! He was pushed and hit a wall which caused the swollen eye. Look at this picture! Either the black kids are very accurate with the alleged kicking and all kicks went to the exact same spot, or as I assume, he and the Racist DA blew the entire thing up!! Look closely at this picture (below weblink) taken the day it happened while he was at the emergency room. Not one other mark on his face or neck at all!! As a white American, I am appalled at what is happenning to these six kids!!
    I made the web link smaller, but I urge all of you to look it over and you will know that this was no beating by 6 kids!
    http://tinyurl.com/2xsphm

  20. Michael said,
    September 21, 2007 at 7:21 pm
    “Theo Shaw and a group of other blacks were all standing there waiting (?) on Justin and after he was knocked out cold on the ground Carwin Jones and Robert Bailey started kicking his head for no reason at all. Me + Jessica looked over and there was blood pouring out of his ears and his hands were shaking because he was knocked out cold, then Mrs. Sharp made us go to class.”

    You mention one of the Jena 6 just standing there, but is Theo Shaw guilty because he was standing there? And since Mychal Bell is the one in jail, is he the one who knocked Barker into the cement rail?? And only Carwin Jones and Robert Bailey started kicking him?? I count only three total people involved, unless you count Theo Shaw for just standing there??? What about the other two kids charged? they say they were not even involved at all and yet they were charged?? Why don’t you reexplain this to us, because I find your account as unbelievable as anything I have ever heard!
    Or is it really true?? If so, you have proved that this is all about injustice for a few of the Jena 6. I’m glad you posted this!

  21. Nana Yaa ,
    Tell me something, missy. Do you call what Tawana Brawley did as a prank? She brought heaps od disgrace to our race and her actions pimped up that human fraud, al sharpton.
    And, what about the phony Duke rape case? Was that merely a prank?
    These are just two cases. What about all the Black-on-Black homicides, what about the Black-on-White homicides that far exceed White-on-Black. How can our race excuse the actions of these 6 thugs/criminals from Jena. It is times like these that I am ashamed of my race, missy.

  22. Hey Tyrone,
    Sorry you seem to have such a low opinion of your race! As a white American and able to think, research, and rationalize all sides, I ask, what does Tawana B. have to do with this at all!! There are bad apples in every race, but I am surprised that you can call these 6 kids thugs and criminals! I know you don’t know them and you are not any better than the racists who jump to blame without having a clue!! Hard to believe you could condone attempted murder charges for 6 kids that had taken racial taunting for longer than even most adults would! Maybe you need to do some background reading before you make such ridiculous remarks! Read Michael’s post! He was there and if you can tell me which 6 kids could possible be charged, go ahead!! The media has reported eye witness accounts that Justin Barker was throwing racial slurs at these kids right before kid got what I think he deserved!

  23. Missy,
    One on one is a fair fight. Three on one, if the one is Chuck Norris, is a fair fight. But typically, 6 on 1 is a beat down. You can not honestly tell me that if the 6 had been White and the 1 Black, you would still be making these horrifying statements. Again, with what these boys did to that one makes me ashamed to be a Black man in America. And you, for probably applauding the beat down, ought to be ashamed of yourself. IF you have children, let us hope that they never have to face this because they will NOT receive support from you. You are an embarrassment to your race, missy.

  24. Tyrone,
    I finally get it, you are a white man on here trying to stir up hatred against these kids for a school fight!! I say that from now on every single school fight where a punch or kick is thrown be prosecuted as attempted murder! After the first white kid got caught up in such a ridiculous charge, all the white masses would be rioting instead of a peaceful march!!
    What a lie to say you are black!!
    You might just be that racist District Attorney!!!

  25. Denise

    Six boys ganging up on one is hardly a “school fight”.

    There have been MANY times in the NYC area where whites have been prosecuted for ganging up on a black person WITHOUT riots OR peaceful marches.

  26. Have you heard about the Neo-Nazi website in Roanoke, VA that posted the addresses and phone numbers of the Jena 6 families and said it was posted so their SICK CRAZY followers had the info in case they wanted to administer their own justice!!
    I just found the blog where it is posted and it is full of hatred!!! I feel like I just read something from the 1800’s!! The Leader (a guy named White) who put the info out seems easy to find since he talks all about himself in the blog!! Guess he’s not scared!! Someone should deal that sicko some justice!
    Here is the weblink:
    http://overthrow88.blogspot.com/

  27. It sickens me to read about this story. I may just be an old woman but I have seen a lot in the last 80 years. I have watched my fellow blacks become a stronger more comfident people. But the thing that bothers me is that alot of us still think we are intitled to something special. There has been some indifferent treatment shown. But only that the white childern were not punished more severly for the noose situation. The part that sickens me is the amout of people that think the 6 black children should go unpunished. I agree that there was cause for anger. It angers me. But there is no reason that it should take 6 boys to fight 1 boy. They should all be charged with assult. I do believe that attempted murder is pushing the matter too far. This case is a great example of how far we as a people still have to go. But we also need to stop thinking that everytime a black person is accused by a white or non black, that the accusor is rasist.

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