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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

STRANGE FRUIT- Jena, Louisiana


"Strange Fruit"
Lyrics by Lewis Allen, Originally sung by Billie Holiday in 1939

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves, blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of
burning flesh
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter
crop.

July 3, 2007

INJUSTICE IN JENA
Nooses Hanging from the "White" Tree


By BILL QUIGLEY

In a small still mostly segregated section of rural Louisiana, an all white jury heard a series of white witnesses called by a white prosecutor testify in a courtroom overseen by a white judge in a trial of a fight at the local high school where a white student who had been making racial taunts was hit by black students. The fight was the culmination of a series of racial incidents starting when whites responded to black students sitting under the "white tree" at their school by hanging three nooses from the tree. The white jury and white prosecutor and all white supporters of the white victim were all on one side of the courtroom. The black defendant, 17 year old Mychal Bell, and his supporters were on the other. The jury quickly convicted Mychal Bell of two felonies - aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. Bell, who was a 16 year old sophomore football star at the time he was arrested, faces up to 22 years in prison. Five other black youths await similar trials on attempted second degree murder and conspiracy charges. Yes, you read that correctly. The rest of the story, which is being reported across the world in papers in China, France and England, is just as chilling. The trouble started under "the white tree" in front of Jena High School. The "white tree" is where the white students, 80% of the student body, would always sit during school breaks.



In September 2006, a black student at Jena high school asked permission from school administrators to sit under the "white tree." School officials advised them to sit wherever they wanted. They did. The next day, three nooses, in the school colors, were hanging from the "white tree." The message was clear. "Those nooses meant the KKK, they meant 'Niggers, we're going to kill you, we're going to hang you till you die,'" Casteptla Bailey, mom of one of the students, told the London Observer. The Jena high school principal found that three white students were responsible and recommended expulsion. The white superintendent of schools over-ruled the principal and gave the students a three day suspension saying that the nooses were just a youthful stunt. "Adolescents play pranks," the superintendent told the Chicago Tribune, "I don't think it was a threat against anybody." The African-American community was hurt and upset. "Hanging those nooses was a hate crime, plain and simple," according to Tracy Bowens, mother of students at Jena High. But blacks in this area of Louisiana have little political power. The ten person all-male government of the parish has one African-American member. The nine member all-male school board has one African American member. (A phone caller to the local school board trying to find out the racial makeup of the school board was told there was one "colored" member of the board). There is one black police officer in Jena and two black public school teachers.



Jena, with a population of less than 3000, is the largest town in and parish (county) seat of LaSalle Parish, Louisiana. There are about 350 African Americans in the town. LaSalle has a population of just over 14,000 people - 12% African-American. This is solid Bush and David Duke Country - GWB won LaSalle Parish 4 to 1 in the last two elections; Duke carried a majority of the white vote when he ran for Governor of Louisiana. Families earn about 60% of the national average. The Census Bureau reports that less than 10% of the businesses in LaSalle Parish are black owned. Jena is the site of the infamous Juvenile Correctional Center for Youth that was forced to close its doors in 2000, only two years after opening, due to widespread brutality and racism including the choking of juveniles by guards after the youth met with a lawyer. The U.S. Department of Justice sued the private prison amid complaints that guards paid inmates to fight each other and laughed when teens tried to commit suicide. Black students decided to resist and organized a sit-in under the "white tree" at the school to protest the light suspensions given to the noose-hanging white students. The white District Attorney then came to Jena High with law enforcement officers to address a school assembly. According to testimony in a later motion in court, the DA reportedly threatened the black protesting students saying that if they didn't stop making a fuss about this "innocent prank I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen." The school was put on lockdown for the rest of the week.



Racial tensions remained high throughout the fall. On the night of Thursday November 30, 2006, a still unsolved fire burned down the main academic building of Jena High School. On Friday night, December 1, a black student who showed up at a white party was beaten by whites. On Saturday, December 2, a young white man pulled out a shotgun in a confrontation with young black men at the Gotta Go convenience store outside Jena before the men wrestled it away from him. The black men who took the shotgun away were later arrested, no charges were filed against the white man. On Monday, December 4, at Jena High, a white student--who allegedly had been making racial taunts, including calling African American students "niggers" while supporting the students who hung the nooses and who beat up the black student at the off-campus party--was knocked down, punched and kicked by black students. The white victim was taken to the hospital treated and released. He attended a social function that evening. Six black Jena students were arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder. All six were expelled from school. The six charged were: 17-year-old Robert Bailey Junior whose bail was set at $138,000; 17-year-old Theo Shaw - bail $130,000; 18-year-old Carwin Jones--bail $100,000; 17-year-old Bryant Purvis--bail $70,000; 16 year old Mychal Bell, a sophomore in high school who was charged as an adult and for whom bail was set at $90,000; and a still unidentified minor. Many of the young men, who came to be known as the Jena 6, stayed in jail for months. Few families could afford bond or private attorneys. Mychal Bell remained in jail from December 2006 until his trial because his family was unable to post the $90,000 bond. Theo Shaw has also remained in jail. Several of the other defendants remained in jail for months until their families could raise sufficient money to put up bonds. The Chicago Tribune wrote a powerful story headlined "Racial Demons Rear Heads." The London Observer wrote: "Jena is gaining national notoriety as an example of the new 'stealth' racism, showing how lightly sleep the demons of racial prejudice in America's Deep South, even in the year that a black man, Barak Obama, is a serious candidate for the White House." The British Broadcasting Company aired a TV special report "Race Hate in Louisiana 2007."



The Jena 6 and their families were put under substantial pressure to plead guilty. Mychal Bell was reported to have been leaning towards pleading guilty right up until his trial when he decided he would not plead guilty to a felony. When it finally came, the trial of Mychal Bell was swift. Bell was represented by an appointed public defender.On the morning of the trial, the DA reduced the charges from attempted second degree murder to second degree aggravated battery and conspiracy. Aggravated battery in Louisiana law demands the attack be with a dangerous weapon. The dangerous weapon? The prosecutor was allowed to argue to the jury that the tennis shoes worn by Bell could be considered a dangerous weapon used by "the gang of black boys" who beat the white victim.Most shocking of all, when the pool of potential jurors was summoned, fifty people appeared--every single one white. The LaSalle Parish clerk defended the all white group to the Alexandria Louisiana Town Talk newspaper saying that the jury pool was selected by computer. "The venire [panel of prospective jurors] is color blind. The idea is for the list to truly reflect the racial makeup of the community, but the system does not take race into factor." Officials said they had summoned 150 people, but these were the only people who showed up. The all-white jury which was finally chosen included two people friendly with the District Attorney, a relative of one of the witnesses and several others who were friends of prosecution witnesses. Bell's parents, Melissa Bell and Marcus Jones, were not even allowed to attend the trial despite their objections, because they were listed as potential witnesses. The white victim, though a witness, was allowed to stay in the courtroom. The parents, who had been widely quoted in the media as critics of the process, were also told they could no longer speak to the media as long as the trial was in session. Marcus Jones had told the media "It's all about those nooses" and declared the charges racially motivated. Other supporters who planned a demonstration in support of Bell were ordered by the court not to do so near the courthouse or anywhere the judge would see them. The prosecutor called 17 witnesses - eleven white students, three white teachers, and two white nurses. Some said they saw Bell kick the victim, others said they did not see him do anything. The white victim testified that he did not know if Bell hit him or not. The Chicago Tribune reported the public defender did not challenge the all-white jury pool, put on no evidence and called no witnesses. The public defender told the Alexandria Town talk after resting his case without calling any witnesses that he knew he would be second-guessed by many but was confident that the jury would return a verdict of not guilty. "I don't believe race is an issue in this trial I think I have a fair and impartial jury". The jury deliberated for less than three hours and found Mychal Bell guilty on the maximum possible charges of aggravated second degree battery and conspiracy. He faces up to a maximum of 22 years in prison. The public defender told the press afterwards, "I feel I put on the best defense that I could." Responding to criticism of not putting on any witnesses, the attorney said "why open the door for further accusations? I did the best I could for my client, Mychal Bell."



At a rally in front of the courthouse the next day, Alan Bean, a Texas minister and leader of the Friends of Justice, said "I have seen a lot of trials in my time. And I have never seen a more distressing miscarriage of justice than what happened in LaSalle Parish yesterday." Khadijah Rashad of Lafayette Louisiana described the trial as a "modern day lynching." Tory Pegram with the Louisiana ACLU has been working with the parents for months. "People know if they don't demand equal treatment now, they will never get it. People's jobs and livelihoods have been threatened for attending Jena 6 Defense meetings, but people are willing to risk that. One person told me: 'We have to convince more people to come rally with us.....What's the worst that could happen? They fire us from our jobs? We have the worst jobs in the town anyway. They burn a cross on our lawns or burn down my house? All of that has happened to us before. We have to keep speaking out to make sure it doesn't happen to us again, or our children will never be safe.'" Whites in the community were adamant that there is no racism. "We don't have a problem," according to one. Other locals told the media "We all get along," and "most blacks are happy with the way things are." One person even said "We don't have many problems with our blacks." Melvin Worthington, the lone African American school board member in LaSalle Parish said it all could have been avoided. "There's no doubt about it," he told the Chicago Tribune, "whites and blacks are treated differently here. The white kids should have gotten more punishment for hanging those nooses. If they had, all the stuff that followed could have been avoided." Hebert McCoy, a relative of one of the youths who has been trying to raise money for bail and lawyers, challenged people everywhere at the end of the rally when he said you better come out and defend your children because they are incarcerating them by the thousands. Jena's not the beginning, but Jena has crossed the line. Justice is not right when you put on the wrong charges and then convict. I believe in justice. I believe in the point of law. I believe in accepting the punishment if I'm guilty. If I'm guilty, convict me and punishment, but if I'm innocent, no justice" and the crowd joined with him and shouted "no peace!"

What happened to the white guys? The white victim of the beating was later arrested for bringing a hunting rifle loaded with 13 bullets onto the high school campus and released on $5000 bond. The white man who beat up the black youth at the off-campus party was arrested and charged with simple battery. The white students who hung up the nooses in the "white tree" were never charged. The people in Jena are fighting for justice and they need legal and financial help. Since the arrests, a group of family members have been holding well-attended meetings, and have created a defense fund--the Jena 6 Defense Committee. They have received support from the NAACP, the Louisiana ACLU and Friends of Justice. People interested in supporting can contact: the Jena 6 Defense Committee, PO Box 2798, Jena, LA 71342 jena6defense@gmail.com; Friends of Justice, 507 North Donley Avenue, Tulia, TX 79088 www.fojtulia.org; or the ACLU of Louisiana, PO Box 56157, New Orleans, LA 70156 www.laaclu.org or 417.350.0536.

What is next? The rest of the Jena 6 await similar trials. Theodore Shaw is due to go on trial shortly. Mychal Bell is scheduled to be sentenced July 31. If he gets the maximum sentence he will not be out of prison until he is nearly 40. Meanwhile, the "white tree" outside Jena High sits quietly in the hot sun.

Bill Quigley is a human rights lawyer and law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. You can reach him at Quigley@loyno.edu

23 Comments:

  • The African Americans complain because their 6 are being tried...IF the 6 were white they would still be rallying, WHY, because they would want the fullest conviction of the LAW. Seems to me the Blacks are the ones ALWAYS bringing up the descrimination ISSUES. They need to get over it. When anyone points their finger at another, they have 3 pointing right back at them. Go figure !!!

    By Blogger pea, at 11:30 AM  

  • To Pea:

    I guess you know about those three fingers, don't you, since you're pointing fingers yourself.
    Your comment is proof that predjudice is based upon ignorance, because you are either unable to read or comprehend what you are reading.
    A black person was the victim of a similar attack. When Robert Bailey attended a party. He was jumped by several white men and two white youth.
    Did you hear about any attempted murder charges or a rally for the fullest conviction of the law? No. They were not even aware that charges had been filed.
    Further more, Barker had only bruises to his face and was seen at a school event the same evening of the incident.
    When was the last time a White person was accused of attempted murder for a school yard fight?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:57 AM  

  • Pea sounds like a fool. If they were black or white. The punishment makes no sense. Are you stupid? OH! You must be white. Use your brain.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:12 AM  

  • www.mydimesworth.blogspot.com is another blog with an article about this incident.

    Pea... you need professional help. Maybe a sociology class in race relations and some counseling.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:53 AM  

  • Dear Pea,
    Your sense of justice is telling on you. What a high caliber of character your parents must have raised you to have.

    You apparently see the world in black and white, rather that right and wrong. You must think Mandela got what he deserved as well.

    By Blogger Cherine, at 8:50 AM  

  • I am VERY VERY upset about the whole ordeal. I was watching CNN this morning they were explaining that the white kids hung nooses from a tree. A white woman that was being interviewed actually said (not word for word) that it wasn't a big deal or that they were making it a bigger deal than it was. I was appalled. I wondered if she had relatives from the past and were murdered in that way (hung/beat/lynched) if she would feel the same way. I think the white kids new exactly what they were doing when they hung the nooses. I'm not trying to excuse the fight, but when they hung the nooses the were totally, 100% provoking it. It was a raciest remark. I think they should be charged with something. And it is really really sad that they want to charge the "jena 6" w/ attempted murder, aggravated assault or whatever they can serve up to 20 years in prison. That is no place for them. I just don’t understand why the punishment is so extreme. I live in Washington state, and back 10 years ago a 19 year old shot another 19 y/o in the face. The bullet went in his neck and came out his nose, he survived. But the kid that fired the gun didn’t go to jail and was never charged w/ attempted murder or aggravated assault. The reason why I know this is because I was going to testify in court.
    Peace

    By Blogger JennNoble01, at 12:56 PM  

  • I am tired of hearing all this about the Jena 6…Black kids are always jumping white kids, all over, even here in Plaquemine, LA. They try to assert themselves and wheres the news coverage of that…Its about time these thugs get what they deserve…
    They get everything they want from the government and still they are not satisfied..Everytime something happens it’s call jesse or Sharpton I for one am sick of it..Wheres the justice for these white kids…?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:20 PM  

  • JUSTICE FOR THE WHITE KIDS AND THREE FINGERS POINTING BACK WHERE THE HELL WHERE YOUR PARENT WHEN OUR WERE HUNG OR BEATEN OR MADE TO HAVE SEX!? MADE TO FEEL LIKE NOTHING IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU WHITE OR WHAT EVER RACE YOU SEEM TO BE DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE FULLNESS OF BEING CALLED A "NIGGER" OR SEEING NOOSES HUNG IN A TREE WHERE I STOOD THE DAY BEFORE?? THIS WORLD HAS TO MANY COLORS TO BE FIGHTING ABOUT BLACK! WHITE PEOPLE GET EVERYTHING THEY WANT? HOW LAME ASS IS THAT?? BLACK PEOPLE DO TOO! THE ONES THAT WORK HARD FOR IT IT'S YOU DUMB ASS HONKES WHO DON'T GIVE A DAMN TO HOW HARD WE WORK! YOU ALWAYZ LOOK AT US AS LESS IMPORTANT THAN YOU! WELL YOU KNOW WHAT! I'M MORE IMPORTANT! I HAVE A GOOD HISTORY! MY FAMILY CAME THROUGH SHIT AND STILL WE STAND! LIVE IN A 5 BED ROOM HOUSE NOT ON GOVERNMENT ASSITANCE! AND YOU TALK ABOUT US ON ASSISTACE WHY DON'T YOU GO DOWN TO THE WELFARE OFFICE AND SEE HOW MANY WHITE PEOPLE ARE THERE?? COME TO DALLAS TX WITH THE ADDITUDE YOU GOT AND SEE HOW LONG YOU LAST HERE!! IT'S ONE FOR ALL ALL FOR ONE! NOT WHITE FOR WHITE AND BLACK FOR BLACK SO ALL YOU DUMB FOLKS WHO CAN'T GET PAST SKIN GET A LIFE!
    (I HAPPEN TO BE BLACK AND WHITE) IT'S HARDER TO BE BLACK THAN WHITE BUT I WOULDN'T CHANGE WHO I AM FOR ANYTHING IN THE WORLD! ON MY BIRTHCERTFICATE IT SAY THAT I AM FULL BLACK!

    By Anonymous CASSIE ( DALLAS TEXAS), at 1:35 PM  

  • Pea, take one look at the photo at the top of this blog and then ask why black people don't just "get over it." Go to www.abolishthenword.com and view the introduction, and then say they should just "get over it." The kids in Jena were not directly affected hangings in the past, but their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents or other relatives most likely were. This tasteless act of hate committed by the noose hangers was a slap in the face to the black community in Jena, and there is no way they should just "get over it." The hurt runs too deep. Go to www.americaiswatching.org and read the stories, and then say they all should just "get over it." No, this is America, and injustice is NOT tolerated by those of us who actually CARE. We will speak out, and we will not be silenced.

    By Blogger americaiswatching.org, at 8:52 AM  

  • Unfortunately we have White's in America who are "Still Living" in the past. They believe that Black people don't have a voice. Well just wait until the morning of Sept. 20, 2007! You will never forget this event as long as you are white and alive. If you need a reference ask the people in Selma and Montgomery,Alabama what a group of Black Voices can do to a community!

    The World is watching, even the Whitehouse! Don't change the channel stay tuned!

    Keith-Baltimore, MD

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:49 PM  

  • I am a 43 year old white female. I was in school at the beginning of "mixing races" in schools in 1969 and late into the 70's in the Midwest. Thankly, I grew up in a home who believed in equality for all humans, and I truly did not know what predjudice was until my adult years. I do not say this to pat myself on the back, but to point out that when I read stories like this, I have a feeling of shame of being white, and a definite realization of how truly naive I am in thinking this world has changed/is changing.

    The part of this story that disturbed me the most is that students had to actually ask permission to sit under a tree that was clearly known to be the "white" tree. My belief is that there is always a "heart" to an issue - a base point. Having to ask permission for something that is clearly a right shows that the African-Americans in that town must have been made to feel "less than" compared to the whites.

    The fact that the superintendent called the noose hanging a "prank," makes it obvious he needs a new job. A noose hanging in a tree means only one thing. "If you sit under "our" tree, you are dead." The boys who hung the noose should have been expelled. They drew a line making it known that African-Americans were not welcome under that tree.

    The Jena-6, in my opinion, as a parent teaching values, were in the wrong just because I believe that violence solves nothing. However, until you have walked a mile in someone else's race, you cannot possibly know what it is like to be made to feel less human than someone else and then be told a simple right is not yours to have. There is a breaking point.

    I know for a fact that when I hear comments from ignorant whites who pull the "blacks complaining about discrimination" card, I turn red. I feel my blood pressure rise. I want to hit something, and I have not experienced predjudice for 16 or more years of my life like some of these kids have.

    Until America starts weeding out racism with zero tolerance and harsh punishment (starting at the top in our government), we will continue to deal with breaking points in humans who just cannot take it anymore.

    By Blogger Dobs, at 5:25 AM  

  • If the tables were turned and 1 black was beaten by 6 whites, you idiots would be demanding the whites be charged with a hate crime. These 6 blacks were given a break. They should be charged individually with HATE CRIMES.

    By Blogger dabear33, at 1:04 PM  

  • I have lived in Louisiana all my life. I am outraged with all the uproar over the so-called Jena Six. I think everyone has forgotten about the real victum ther. It is a young man who suffered a severe beating from the hands of the so-call Jena Six. If this is't a hate crime, I would love to know what it is. All the money that was raised from the rally today should not go to the criminal that sits in jail but the young man that actually suffered from the acts of soon-to-be inmates at the Angola State Penitentiary. That is exactly where they are headed. Maybe not from the violent act they have committed agains this young man but the crimes they are so apparently capable of in the future.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:45 PM  

  • dabear33 you pretty much said it all. I agree with you 100%.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:56 PM  

  • I am employed with the State Of Louisiana and I have been a victum of racial discrimanation. Almost daily. I know how it feels to be treated like a second class citizen. I am so sick of the blacks expecting everything handed to them. Due to their ignorance, they actually believe everyone owes them something. They need to earn what they want instead of expecitng a handout or stealing and robbing to get what they want. I say Pea was right on the mark.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:29 PM  

  • What sort of country are you? Here we have 2007 and in the dark corners of Europe, Russia, Africa and the rest of the world we wake up to the Jena Six. Bush is sorry. Everybody is sorry! Breaking the lives of these 6 young boys is like opening a can of cola. The white boy goes into the hospital and comes out 3 hours later and goes to a party. This does not sound like someone who was short before death. The image of Jena to the real world is that the brothers are marring their sisters and the children all have 6 fingers on their hands.

    The comments of some of the people in this blog make you wonder if they have a sense of justice or moral. Maybe it is a lack of education that drives them to make certain comments. Europe sees a lot of white people who see this as a form of entertainment.

    As yourself is this the image that you want to present to the world.

    Frankfurt Germany

    By Blogger Maurice, at 3:51 AM  

  • Maurice, I live in Louisiana and I can assure you I have never married my brother and I have five fingers on each hand. I don't see the "Jena Six" as entertainment but a sad day when six black guys can beat up a white guy and not be charged with a hate crime. We all have feelings and get them hurt from time to time but to act on our feelings in the way the black guys did is totally inappropriate. I saw the white guy that was beaten by them and if you think for one second he didn't receive a servere beating you are living in a dream world. I am not convinced he went to a party after the beating and if he spend only three hours in the hospital that was three hours too long cause it was three hours longer than the black guys spent. The black guys are being held up like they are some kind of heros. What kind of world is it when we make heros out of people that settle their differences with violence. Let's put the black where they belong. In jail with the rest of the criminals. I am very proud to be from Louisiana. I am not sure where you are from but maybe you should visit Louisiana and see what it is really like instead of judging us by what you hear or read.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:43 AM  

  • I personally have been extremely poor, worked and struggled to get where I am, and now am making a decent living.

    I have watched some white people beg for food, demanding welfare as a right and abusing the system to get more without even attempting to get a job. I have seen the same in some African-Americans, Latinos, etc. This is a poor issue, not a race issue. The "you owe me" mentality walks in every race. A person either has character or they don't. Skin color does not determine character.

    I cannot understand for the life of me how so many cannot see that equality in America does not exist! We are only talking a mere less than 50 years of increments of "change" with minorities having to claw and scratch to get ahead because of the ignorance of "the majority." My mother of 67 still remembers "white's only" restrooms.

    Read between the lines! The media is slighted, the government is slighted and "sundown towns" in America still exist. I truly believe that if you are of the "majority" in America, then you are unable to "get it."

    As an example, my car was stolen by three teenage white boys. This was reported on in the back of the newspaper. Two days later, two black boys did the same thing in the same neighborhood. This made front page news with the heading "Will property values decrease due to increase in auto thefts?" And then went on to talk about these black boys stealing a car.

    Many Americans are brainwashed by our media and our white man run government. I think what people should be blogging, posting and ranting about is ignorance in America. Once ignorance is under control maybe then racism will disappear.

    By Blogger Dobs, at 4:53 AM  

  • WICHITA MASSACRE-DECEMBER 14, 2000 Black Racism-The U.S. Justice Department Reports 85% of all inter-racial violence is committed by blacks against whites!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:43 AM  

  • To anonymous:

    The U.S. Justice Department is headed by white men. I'd trust that statistic as far as I could throw it.

    By Blogger Dobs, at 1:34 PM  

  • Being Black in America is an interesting concept. Being any race other then white in America is interesting. Here you have crimes committed by both sides and who gets arrested? The Blacks. You have a lawyer that says he can get a fair trial with an all white jury in a town that states we have no trouble with our "coloreds" and is surprised he lost. Is he Pollyanna impersonating a lawyer? I have lived in the south off and on my entire life and understand that prejudice is alive and well in the new millineum it's just gotten sneakier. I am not as pea says looking for a hand out nor am I playing the discrimination card. What I am saying if you don't want the discrimination issue brought up why not ahhh let me think here TRY NOT BEING SO FUCKING STUPID AND TREATING EVERYONE EQUALLY.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:10 AM  

  • I am so TIRED!!! of hearing about the jena"6" they beat the hell out of a white boy and now they want to get off without punishmnet and want all kind of publicity. I want everyone that feels sorry for them to come to louisiana and see what all the blacks get for free and get away with, stealing, lying, drugs, for instance remember hurricane Katrina off all the luters you saw on TV what percent of them were White? you do the math.The JENA "6" did the crime now they need to do "THE TIME".
    If one white boy would have beat up 6 black boys the would have put him in the chair by now, or if the DA was black and made the ruling that the white one made nothing would have been said. RACISIM WOULD DIE IF THE BLACKS WOULD LET IT!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:30 PM  

  • I am tired of african americans complaining about racism and discrimination. The six kids mentioned in the jena 6 case are just criminals.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:37 AM  

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