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|Posted by: Mary Poppins Aug 29 2007, 09:00 PM|
| I guess I've been under a rock for the past year because I am now getting full wind of this incident at the high school and the aftermath.
|Posted by: dwayne. Sep 5 2007, 10:29 PM|
| yea this is a COMPLETE act of RACIAL inequality.
I'm thinking about going down there and rallying...
scream on some people...NEW YORK STYLE.
I am sooo saddened by this!
|Posted by: KED luvs MJB Sep 5 2007, 10:47 PM|
| Yes, I read about this in I believe it was Jet magazine.
Terrible. And to think our ancestors went through all kinds of hell to put this racial inequality and prejudice to an end... Such a shame...
|Posted by: KED luvs MJB Sep 5 2007, 10:55 PM|
Posted Sept. 5, 2007 – Prosecutors in the tiny racially charged town of Jena, La., reduced charges against two more of the six Black teens who are being held after allegedly beating a White schoolmate last year.
The defendants, who are known as the “Jena Six,” originally were charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder – which carried maximum sentences of up to 80 years in prison – after a fight with 18-year-old Justin Baker.
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On Tuesday, Carwin Jones and Theo Shaw’s charges were reduced to aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy.
Earlier, Mychal Bell’s charges were reduced similarly, and he was found guilty. He’s still looking at a possible 22-year term when he is sentenced on Sept. 20.
About a month before the fight with Baker last year, a Black student sat under a tree where White students usually gathered. The next day, three nooses were hanging from the tree. The administration suspended two Whites students responsible, but the school board overturned the suspensions.
Baker reportedly was friends with those responsible for the nooses.
Nationwide, students, ministers, community leaders and civil rights advocates have organized rallies and marches to persuade prosecutors to drop or reduce charges against the teens.
They point out that Baker suffered no life-threatening injuries; he was treated at a local emergency room and released three hours later – he even attended a school activity the same day.
Robert Bailey Jr. and Bryant Purvis still face attempted murder charges, and there are also undisclosed charges against an unidentified juvenile.
What do you think should happen in this case? Click "Discuss Now" to post your comment.
|Posted by: Wee Tony Sep 5 2007, 11:09 PM|
| Where is Jena?
These charges sound trumped up. And the school board sounds like it has too much power (cite the 'intelligent design' farce). And it sounds like the parents of the children who made the nooses hold influence within the school board. And it sounds like those parents did not teach their children that such a thing is detestable.
Wherever Jena is, it sounds like a corrupt and racist place.
|Posted by: dwayne. Sep 5 2007, 11:30 PM|
only in ameriKKKa
the more information I obtained, it's just
a testament to the underlying hate in this country.
so much hate for such a small town.
and some people have the nerve to say,
they don't believe this has anything to do with race.
but I guess these are the same people who are school board members,
the people who sat on the jury panel and the parents of the students who
hung the nooses. oh NO! there can't be a problem..
|Posted by: Wee Tony Sep 5 2007, 11:39 PM|
I have to admit, I am shocked by some of the racist comments I read over in that page I linked to in the Sametta Heyward thread ('any1 hear???' thread).
The worst bit about it is, they don't even recognise it as racism. There was one guy complaining that you can slate white people, but not black people. Surely, the very act of grouping people according to race is in itself racist. Especially when no one mentioned race - it was about poor people. This guy immediately equated poor to black.
And he still doesn't recognise he is racist - he believes he is being unfairly persecuted.
I am dumbfounded that this attitude is so prevailant in America.
|Posted by: dwayne. Sep 6 2007, 12:07 AM|
wow...I just read that. heartbreaking...
I didn't even read the comments on the link.
I was watching all of the news clips on youtube.com
for the Jena Six case and just the downright stupidity
is completely disturbing. When I found out about this story,
I wept to myself.
since when in the DEEP SOUTH of ameriKKKa
is hanging a noose from a tree considered a mere "Prank?"
and it was only 50 years ago that those streets and many streets
in the south were filled with civil rights' activists.
but you know what's more shocking than the comments,
the lack of national attention and support from not just the black
community but all communities..
SOOO many people, complain about all of this injustice
and how they no longer what to stand for it, but NEVER do a thing about it.
many people have this "me, me, me" ideology.
that if it doesn't directly affect them, it has no bearing at all.
it's a shit way to think, especially in this country. because it ALL affects us.
|Posted by: Mary Poppins Sep 6 2007, 01:56 PM|
Jena is a small town located in Louisiana and yes these charges are trumped up.
|Posted by: Mary Poppins Sep 6 2007, 02:29 PM|
Also, you have so many people, especially the younger generation who have this "we are the world" mentality and don't believe things are racially motivated, especially when the evidence is right there in their face.
I was listening to Steve Harvey this morning and he was saying that there are BIG rallies in Jena planned for the 20th. It's about to be hotter than fishgrease down there.
|Posted by: dwayne. Sep 6 2007, 05:44 PM|
I def. hear ya, juicy.
I guess since racial integration has swept
over larger cities and towns in the US
people were thought to be "accepting"
I was watching the video of the people
in the town and one woman was like
"I don't think this town has a race problem @ all.
I don't see it."
yea. it's gonna be hotter than the devil's lair
down there come the 20th.
I just hope they don't stop afterwards.
this shit is ALWAYS doing to be a problem.
I'd say do it every month.
or every damn day.
|Posted by: Wee Tony Sep 6 2007, 08:42 PM|
| I kinda see where the younger generation you are talking about get their opinion though. Among each other, there is probably very little overt racism - from their experience (pop culture etc) there is lot of 'we are the world'.
However, I think America is institutionally racist. But not for the same reasons you'd probably think...
In Europe, as America, the rich do everything they can to keep and enhance their bank balance. As we all know, money buys influence, and they use that influence to persuade governments to implement systems that enables them to keep and enhance their bank balance. The side-effect of this is the poor get shit on. The rich require the poor to stay poor. They achieve this by persuading govt that things that used to enable social mobility (like the welfare state and good education) are bad.
Broadly speaking, the poor of Europe are not notably defined in any kind of racial way.
However, in America, the vast majority of the impoverished are of a non-white ethnicity. This leads to people equating 'black' and 'poor'. What in Europe would be referred to as 'poor', is all too easily miscalled 'black' in America. This leads to an entangling and interchanging of the terms as if they are the same thing. There hasn't been great enough efforts to disentangle the terms. You hear it on American news - the terms are interchangable. This is institutional racism. Unfortunately, that breeds overt racism.
In Europe, institutions are designed to keep the poor in their place - this gives us the poverty trap.
This is exactly the same as what America has - the rich dominate the poor. Except in America, due to historical forces, the lines of poverty closely resemble the lines of race.
To be honest, I doubt the rich white man who is designing the trap cares what race the poor is as long as someone will fall into their trap, work for minimum wage, and fuel their wealth. Unfortunately, he doesn't care that a side-effect of this is that it breeds racism in the idiots.
If the system remains the same, the younger generation will come to experience and realise the institutional racism, and see your point of view. I think anyway.
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 15 2007, 04:21 PM|
| Mychal Bell was 16 at the time of a fight that left another teen hospitalized
District attorney must decide whether to refile the charges in juvenile court
Attack, other violence came after white students hung nooses from campus tree
(CNN) -- A Louisiana appeals court Friday vacated the remaining conviction of a teenager accused in a violent, racially charged incident in Jena, Louisiana, his attorney said.
Justin Barker was knocked unconscious and kicked in a December 4 attack at Jena High School.
3 of 3 Bob Noel said the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lake Charles threw out the conviction for second degree battery against Mychal Bell, saying the charges should have been brought in juvenile court.
"We're happy now, but tomorrow is another day," Noel told reporters.
The future of the case against Bell is up to the district attorney, who must decide whether to refile the charges in juvenile court, Noel said.
"We have to wait and see what the other side's going to do, how they're going to react," he said. Watch CNN's Susan Roesgen explain the case »
Bell's defense team would be filing a motion to get him out of prison, where he has been since his arrest in December, Noel said.
"The primary concern is to get Mychal Bell out of jail and into school where he needs to be," he said.
Bell, who is now 17, was 16 at the time of the fight in December 2006.
Earlier this month, a district court judge vacated a conviction for conspiracy to commit second degree battery, saying that charge should have been brought in juvenile court.
He left standing the second degree battery conviction, however.
A sentencing hearing that had been scheduled for September 20 is now off, he said.
The Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton had been planning to join a rally in support of Bell on that date, The Associated Press reported. Listen to Jackson and Sharpton react to the thrown-out conviction »
Bell and five other members of what has become known as the "Jena 6" were initially charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit attempted murder in connection with the December 4 beating of a white student.
Robert Bailey, Bryant Purvis and an unidentified juvenile remain charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Racial tensions had simmered at Jena High School and in the small town for the first three months of the 2006 school year after a black student asked the vice principal if he and some friends could sit under an oak tree where white students typically congregated.
Told by the vice principal they could sit wherever they pleased, the student and his pals plopped down under the sprawling branches of the shade tree in the campus courtyard.
The next day, students arrived at school to find three nooses hanging from those branches.
"I seen them hanging. I'm thinking the KKK, you know, were hanging nooses. They want to hang somebody. Real nooses, the ones you see on TV, are the kind of nooses they were," Bailey, 17, one of the Jena 6, told the syndicated radio show "Democracy Now!" in July.
The school's principal recommended expulsion for those behind the nooses, according to The Town Talk newspaper in nearby Alexandria. Instead, a school district committee suspended three white students for three days for hanging the nooses, the newspaper reported, a gesture written off as a "prank."
"Toilet paper, that's a prank, you know what I'm saying?" Bailey told the radio show. "Nooses hanging there -- nooses ain't no prank."
The district attorney was summoned to address the student body. Off-campus fights were reported. On November 30, someone torched the school's main academic building. The arson remains unsolved, but many suspect it was linked to the discord.
Four days after the arson, several students jumped a white classmate, Justin Barker, knocking him unconscious while stomping and kicking him. The charges against the Jena 6 resulted from that incident.
Parents of the Jena 6 said they heard Barker was hurling racial epithets. Barker's parents said he did nothing to provoke the beating.
Barker was taken to a hospital with injuries to both eyes and ears, as well as cuts. His right eye had blood clots, said his mother, Kelli Barker. He was treated and released that day.
Bail for the Jena 6 was set at between $70,000 and $138,000. All but Bell posted bond. The judge had refused to lower his $90,000 bail, citing Bell's criminal record, which includes four juvenile offenses -- two simple battery charges among them.
|Posted by: Gutanig1 Sep 15 2007, 07:35 PM|
|this is a bunch of racial bs. the media is good for nothing because as you can see this story isn't getting any media coverage. they show what they want people see.|
|Posted by: Code Orange Sep 15 2007, 08:21 PM|
Nah. We rather keep up with O.J.
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 15 2007, 09:03 PM|
| agree with both of yall but the media is what it is...celebrity, sensationilzed, seekin, whores....when you don't expect much outta them it's a lil easier to stomach..posting below letter from color of change website. If you haven't already check'm out...
Justice for the Jena 6
Here's the message we sent to our members, encouraging them to call on Louisiana's Governor to intervene in the situation in Jena, LA.
After you've read it, please add your voice.
» Add your voice, now!
Six young black men are headed for 20+ year prison sentences in a clear case of Jim Crow "justice."
Their families are fighting but need our support. Will you stand with them?
Dear ColorOfChange.org member,
Last fall in Jena, Louisiana, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the "white tree" on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a "prank," more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town's police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, "I can be your best friend or your worst enemy... I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."1
A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
It's a story that reads like one from the Jim Crow era, when judges, lawyers and all-white juries used the justice system to keep blacks in "their place"--but it's happening today. The families of these young men are fighting back, but the odds are stacked against them. Together, we can make sure their story is told, that this becomes an issue for the Governor of Louisiana, and that justice is provided for the Jena 6. It starts now. Please add your voice:
The noose-hanging incident and the DA's visit to the school set the stage for everything that followed. Racial tension escalated over the next couple of months, and on November 30, the main academic building of Jena High School was burned down in an unsolved fire. Later the same weekend, a black student was beaten up by white students at a party. The next day, black students at a convenience store were threatened by a young white man with a shotgun. They wrestled the gun from him and ran away. While no charges were filed against the white man, the students were arrested for the theft of the gun.2
That Monday at school, a white student, who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses, taunted the black student who was beaten up at the off-campus party and allegedly called several black students "nigger." After lunch, he was knocked down, punched and kicked by black students. He was taken to the hospital but was released and was well enough to go to a social event that evening.3
Six Black Jena High students, Robert Bailey (17), Theo Shaw (17), Carwin Jones (18), Bryant Purvis (17), Mychal Bell (16) and an unidentified minor, were expelled from school, arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder. Bail was set so high -- between $70,000 and $138,000 -- that the boys were left in prison for months as families went deep into debt to release them.4
The first trial ended last month, and Mychal Bell, who has been in prison since December, was convicted of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery (both felonies) by an all-white jury in a trial where his public defender called no witnesses. During his trial, Mychal's parents were ordered not to speak to the media and the court prohibited protests from taking place near the courtroom or where the judge could see them.
Mychal is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31st, and could go to jail for 22 years.5 Theo Shaw's trial is next. He will finally make bail this week.
The Jena Six are lucky to have parents and loved ones who are fighting tooth and nail to free them. They have been threatened but they are standing strong. We know that if the families have to go it alone, their sons will be a long time coming home. They will lose precious years to Jena's outrageous attempt to maintain a racist status quo. But if we act now, we can make a difference.
Please add your voice to the voices of these families in Jena, and help bring Mychal, Theo, Robert, Carwin, and Bryant home. By clicking below, you can demand that Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco get involved to make sure that justice is served for Mychal Bell, and that DA Reed Walters drop the charges against the 5 boys who have not yet gone to trial.
Thank You and Peace,
-- James, Van, Gabriel, Clarissa, and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
July 17th, 2007
1. "Injustice in Jena as Nooses Hang From the ‘White Tree,'" truthout, July 3, 2007
2. "Racial demons rear heads," Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2007
3. See reference #1.
4. See reference #1.
5. "'Jena Six' defendant convicted," Town Talk, June 29, 2007
NPR: Searching for Justice in Jena 6 Case (streaming audio)
Democracy Now! - The case of the Jena Six ...
Too Sense: Free The Jena Six Now
While Seated: Jena Six
Nooses, attacks and jail for black students in Jena Louisiana
Justice In Jena, by Jordan Flaherty
The Perpetrator becomes the Prosecutor (and other related entries)
'Stealth racism' stalks deep South
|Posted by: The People's Choice Sep 16 2007, 04:46 PM|
| I'm tryin my damndest
to get Thursday off
so I can make it down to Jena
for the march...
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 16 2007, 05:12 PM|
|Posted by: Mary Poppins Sep 16 2007, 08:02 PM|
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 16 2007, 09:07 PM|
| BELL CONVICTION IS LIFTED - SO WHAT NOW? The NAACP Remains 'Committed to Justice' in Jenna 6 Case.
(September 14, 2007)*NAACP leaders say today's decision by Louisiana's Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Lake Charles is a good start toward correcting the excessive prosecution of six African American students who were originally charged with an array of offenses including second degree murder.
The state appeals court tossed out the aggravated battery conviction of Mychal Bell, stating that he should not have been tried and convicted as an adult for his alleged role in last year's fight with a white high school classmate in Jena, La.
"The earnest work and passionate pleas of Bells' lawyers and many individuals across the nation were fortunately heard by the court and helped them come to a proper decision," said NAACP Interim President Dennis Courtland Hayes. "The Bell family can now feel temporary relief from the immediate pressures of this on-going process. But the struggle is not over. The NAACP remains committed to the defense of the young men to ensure proper treatment by the court system and protection of their rights under law."
The NAACP gathered a team of pro bono attorneys to assist in Bell's appeal.
To address the broader issues of eradicating racial disparities in the American criminal justice system and public schools, the NAACP will host a town hall meeting titled "Restoring the Human Right to Education: Abolishing the School to Prison Pipeline" at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Alexandria, La. at 7 p.m. Sept. 20, as part of the Louisiana State Conference of NAACP Branches' 65th annual convention.
"I want to thank NAACP units and others from across the country that are assisting in the effort to extract justice from the injustice in Jena," said Louisiana NAACP State Conference President Dr. Ernest Johnson.
NAACP officials will still present petitions to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen B. Blanco at Noon on Sept. 19 at the State Capitol. The more than 60,000 signatures are a symbol of those concerned with the unequal treatment of the defendants and the disturbing climate that led to an escalation of racial tensions in the southern town.
Demonstration activity updates and information on contributing to the Jena 6 Legal Defense Fund can be found online at www.naacp.org or by calling toll free (888) 362-8683.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
|Posted by: RighteousLuV3R Sep 17 2007, 09:43 AM|
| Everyone is supposed to wear black on Thursday for support
I wish there was some local rally in my town
|Posted by: Fight of My Life.. Sep 17 2007, 08:19 PM|
| this is the story about the six kids who are being charged for murder because a white student taunghted them and teased them to the point where they couldnt take it anymore....
please read..and if interested go to the website and sign the petition.
In the front yard at a high school in Jena, Louisiana, with a total population of 4,000, there sits a tree. This is "the white tree", where only white students sit during breaks.
In September of 2006, a black student asked 'permission' from the school administration, if he could sit under the tree. They said he could sit anywhere.
The very next day, three nooses, in the schools colors, hung from "the white tree".
Three white students were identified as being responsible and the principle recommended they be expelled from school. However, the white superintendent said, "Adolescents play pranks," the superintendent told the Chicago Tribune, "I don't think it was a threat against anybody," and gave them a three day suspension instead.
A few days later, the entire black student body protested the no-nothing 'punishment' and sat under "the white tree". That day the white District Attorney came to Jena High School for an impromptu assembly, with back-up law enforcement. It has been reported that the DA threatened the silent black students who were sitting under the tree, saying if the did not stop making a fuss about the "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 then put on lockdown for the remaining week.
Thursday night, November 30th, 2006, a fire burned down the main academic building of Jena High School. This incident is still unresolved.
Friday night, December 1st, a black student was beaten by a group of white students at a "white party".
Saturday, December 2nd, at the Gotta Go convenience store, the black student who was beaten up the night before, along with his friends, ran into one of the white students who beat him. A confrontation broke out and the white student went to his vehicle to get his shotgun. The black students wrestled the shotgun away from him and brought it to the police department and told them of the incident. The black students were arrested for stealing the gun. The white student was not charged.
Monday, December 4th, 2006, a white student, Justin Barker, was attacked at school by a group of black students for taunting them with racial slurs and verbally supporting the nooses that were hung on "the white tree" and also supporting the white students who beat up the black student at the party. He was treated at a hospital and released the same day, attending a social function that evening.
Six black students were arrested for beating Barker, and charged with attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. These charges hold a possible sentence of twenty to one hundred years in prison. They were all immediately expelled from school.
17-year-old Robert Bailey Junior -bail was set at $138,000 17-year-old Theo Shaw - bail was set at $130,000
18-year-old Carwin Jones - bail was set at $100,000
17-year-old Bryant Purvis - bail was set at $70,000
16 year old Mychal Bell - bail was set at $90,000 (a sophomore in high school, was charged as an adult)
There remains another unidentified minor
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 the money for bond.
In the local paper, the 'incident' was reported as fact and the white DA Reed Walters published a statement saying, "When you are convicted, I will seek the maximum penalty allowed by law."
. . . .
On July 31st, 2007, Mychal Bell will be sentenced. He is facing up to twenty-two years in prison.
The remaining five students await their trial on charges of attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They face up to 100 years in prison."
The white student who was beaten at the convenience store was later arrested for bringing a hunting rifle loaded with 13 bullets onto a high school campus. He was released on $5000 bond. The white man who beat up the black youth at the off-campus party was arrested and charged with battery.
The white students who hung up the nooses in "the white tree" have never been charged.
|Posted by: Fight of My Life.. Sep 17 2007, 08:23 PM|
| the white student who was beat up was released from the hospitol and was ok...so why are they being charged for attempted murder...
why were the nooses at the school not treated as something serious?
its a shame those poor kids all of whom are under 18 have to sit in jail because the bail is soo highg while the white kids get to roam free and continue to tease..
|Posted by: The People's Choice Sep 17 2007, 10:15 PM|
| it's a crying shame
these are the times
I'm hearin that the charges
were reduced to assault & battery
I kept thinking to myself the whole time
an attempted murder charge is a bit harsh
thank GOD action is being taken
I swear I wish I could get
to that march on Thursday
I was tellin dwayne...
bottom line is the boy got his ass whipped
any other time, they will expell you
this was definitely an issue of race
|Posted by: dwayne. Sep 18 2007, 12:20 AM|
I'm just glad more and more ppl are
being aware of it as the days go by!
|Posted by: The People's Choice Sep 18 2007, 01:14 AM|
|Posted by: 2lyrical Sep 18 2007, 06:55 AM|
|Posted by: Rhapsody In Blue Sep 18 2007, 08:23 AM|
People ARE aware, thats the sad thing. Coz some of them are in denial(becoz they either are blind optimists or don't want any trouble and sacrifice the honey & butter living of their own) and the others seem like they just don't give a goddamn.
|Posted by: Johan Sep 18 2007, 09:57 AM|
|It's sad and devistating that racism is so blatant and reckless in the south as it was back in the day. It amazes me that people in power are abusing the system to further compromise their short comings. This whole situation sad.... smmfh!|
|Posted by: The People's Choice Sep 18 2007, 10:01 AM|
| if it won't for radio show host
Tony Brown (who I dislike very much)
I don't think this story
woulda made it nationwide
thank GOD for Tony Brown
I listened to his show this morning
and call in listeners sang his praises
|Posted by: Rhapsody In Blue Sep 18 2007, 02:06 PM|
I have to defend the South on this though, Johan.
The north is deep into this shit as the south, if not more. I personally will take a Southern hillbilly over a liberal guy from NEW YORK. Why?
Coz a southern guy is at least got the guts to admit that he can't stand to look at your mug. Whereas, the liberal fella will go as far to invite you to his house for some dinner or even ask to sleep with you(just to prove a point that he got 'black friends'),,,,but will turn PALE as rotton flesh when you wanna marry his daughter or get promoted in your job OVER HIM.
He'd rather have his son marrying another guy just to prove that he's 'tolerant' instead of seeing a black man shaking up his daughter and then bringing her to some family reunion and he'd rather have you as a co-worker/collegue instead of getting promoted to be HIS boss, thats their death. I'm not blowing hot air btw, I'm talking about a real situation that happend to a close family member of mine.
|Posted by: Johan Sep 18 2007, 02:12 PM|
|Posted by: YAZMAR Sep 18 2007, 02:19 PM|
|just pitiful--wear black thursday|
|Posted by: Mary Poppins Sep 18 2007, 07:06 PM|
Also, the internet. If it wasn't for the Net, I wouldn'tve known shit about this.
Don't forget to wear black on Thursday guys!
|Posted by: Mary Poppins Sep 18 2007, 07:08 PM|
I always say I like my racist out in the open and unapologetic.
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 18 2007, 08:28 PM|
I grew up partially in the south, they was racist as ish. I personally experienced som foul ish but you knew where you stood either way with them....
I also grew up partially in Stl (where I'm at now) which is mid-west but totally like up north in the sense of racism...God St. Louis is soooooooooooooo freakin racist. Nobody admits it...smiles in ya face, daggers all day long...You gotta be up on ya game, to figure out the secret code..There's always a code, the fakeness and secrecy is appalling and tiresome...
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 18 2007, 08:36 PM|
why you don't like Tony Brown?...I use to love watchin his show...don't come on here no more but Tony's 4th of July reenactment of Fredrick Douglass speech is a classic...
"Freedom, Race and Democracy in America"
What is the 4th of July to a Slave?
By FREDERICK DOUGLASS
[A Speech to the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society on July 5, 1852]
Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and natural justice, embodies in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?
Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an affirmative answer could be truthfully returned to these questions! Then would my task be light, and my burden easy and delightful. For who is there so cold, that a nation's sympathy could not warm him? Who so obdurate and dead to the claims of gratitude, that would not thankfully acknowledge such priceless benefits? Who so stolid and selfish, that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation's jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs? I am not that man. In a case like that, the dumb might eloquently speak, and the "lame man leap as an hart."
But such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me.
This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?
FELLOW CITIZENS, above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions!--whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, today, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, "may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!" To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the world.
My subject, then, fellow citizens, is American slavery. I shall see this day and its popular characteristics from the slave's point of view. Standing there, identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July!
Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the Constitution and Bible which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery--the great sin and shame of America!
"I will not equivocate; I will not excuse"; I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgement is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slaveholder, shall not confess to be right and just.
But I fancy I hear some of my audience say, it is just in this circumstance that you and your brother abolitionists fail to make a favorable impression on the public mind. Would you argue more, and denounce less, would you persuade more, and rebuke less, your cause would be much more likely to succeed.
But, I submit, where all is plain there is nothing to be argued. What point in the anti-slavery creed would you have me argue? On what branch of the subject do the people of this country need light? Must I undertake to prove that the slave is a man? That point is conceded already. Nobody doubts it. The slaveholders themselves acknowledge it in the enactment of laws for their government. They acknowledge it when they punish disobedience on the part of the slave. There are 72 crimes in the state of Virginia, which, if committed by a black man (no matter how ignorant he be), subject him to the punishment of death; while only two of the same crimes will subject a white man to the like punishment.
What is this but the acknowledgment that the slave is a moral, intellectual and responsible being? The manhood of the slave is conceded. It is admitted in the fact that Southern statute books are covered with enactments forbidding, under severe fines and penalties, the teaching of the slave to read or to write.
When you can point to any such laws, in reference to the beasts of the field, then I may consent to argue the manhood of the slave. When the dogs in your streets, when the fowls of the air, when the cattle on your hills, when the fish of the sea, and the reptiles that crawl, shall be unable to distinguish the slave from a brute, then will I argue with you that the slave is a man!
For the present, it is enough to affirm the equal manhood of the Negro race. Is it not astonishing that, while we are plowing, planting, and reaping, using all kinds of mechanical tools, erecting houses, constructing bridges, building ships, working in metals of brass, iron, copper, silver and gold; that, while we are reading, writing and ciphering, acting as clerks, merchants and secretaries, having among us lawyers, doctors, ministers, poets, authors, editors, orators and teachers; that, while we are engaged in all manner of enterprises common to other men, digging gold in California, capturing the whale in the Pacific, feeding sheep and cattle on the hillside, living, moving, acting, thinking, planning, living in families as husbands, wives and children, and, above all, confessing and worshipping the Christian's God, and looking hopefully for life and immortality beyond the grave, we are called upon to prove that we are men!
Would you have me argue that man is entitled to liberty? That he is the rightful owner of his own body? You have already declared it. Must I argue the wrongfulness of slavery?...To do so, would be to make myself ridiculous, and to offer an insult to your understanding. There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven who does not know that slavery is wrong for him.
What, am I to argue that it is wrong to make men brutes, to rob them of their liberty, to work them without wages, to keep them ignorant of their relations to their fellow men, to beat them with sticks, to flay their flesh with the lash, to load their limbs with irons, to hunt them with dogs, to sell them at auction, to sunder their families, to knock out their teeth, to burn their flesh, to starve them into obedience and submission to their masters? Must I argue that a system thus marked with blood, and stained with pollution, is wrong? No! I will not. I have better employments for my time and strength than such arguments would imply.
What, then, remains to be argued? Is it that slavery is not divine; that God did not establish it; that our doctors of divinity are mistaken? There is blasphemy in the thought. That which is inhuman cannot be divine! Who can reason on such a proposition? They that can, may; I cannot. The time for such argument is passed.
At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh! Had I the ability, and could reach the nation's ear, I would today pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.
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WHAT TO the American slave is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy--a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.
Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.
Fellow citizens, the murderous traffic [the slave trade] is today in active operation in this boasted republic. In the solitude of my spirit, I see clouds of dust raised on the highways of the South; I see the bleeding footsteps; I hear the doleful wail of fettered humanity, on the way to the slave markets, where the victims are to be sold like horses, sheep, and swine, knocked off to the highest bidder. There I see the tenderest ties ruthlessly broken, to gratify the lust, caprice and rapacity of the buyers and sellers of men. My soul sickens at the sight.
Fellow citizens! The existence of slavery in this country brands your republicanism as a sham, your humanity as a base pretence, and your Christianity as a lie. It destroys your moral power abroad; it corrupts your politicians at home. It saps the foundation of religion; it makes your name a hissing, and a byword to a mocking earth. It is the antagonistic force in your government, the only thing that seriously disturbs and endangers your Union. It fetters your progress; it is the enemy of improvement, the deadly foe of education; it fosters pride; it breeds insolence; it promotes vice; it shelters crime; it is a curse to the earth that supports it; and yet, you cling to it, as if it were the sheet anchor of all your hopes.
Oh be warned! Be warned! A horrible reptile is coiled up in your nation's bosom; the venomous creature is nursing at the tender breast of your youthful republic; for the love of God, tear away, and fling from you the hideous monster, and let the weight of twenty millions crush and destroy it forever!
@Tony for reporting this...and Jena6 we so desperately need good journalist...
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 19 2007, 03:28 PM|
| Jena 6 Noose Rally Will Be Huge: 30,000+ Expected
Date Posted: September 19, 2007
Jena, La., home to the Jena 6 noose incident, is gearing up for what is probably the largest influx of people in its history. More than 30,000 protestors from every corner of the United States are expected to convene on the town's courthouse lawn tomorrow, the original sentencing date for 17-year-old Mychal Bell, the first of the Jena 6 to face a judge.
Caravans of college students, churches and civil-rights groups are traveling to the small town of 3,000 to rally over what they say is a grave injustice.
For an in-depth perspective on the Jena 6 case and why it has triggered such outrage, read the October 2007 issue of DiversityInc magazine, out shortly.
Civil-rights groups are asking Jena 6 supporters to wear all black. Businesses are expected to close tomorrow for the rally, and all of the town's hotels are booked. City officials are unclear exactly how many people will travel to the town of 3,000; however, they are calling on the support from other precincts to help control the crowd and keep the demonstration as organized as possible.
National outcry has intensified. Today, rock star David Bowie donated $10,000 to the Jena 6 legal defense fund.
Bell, along with Carwin Jones, Theo Shaw, Robert Bailey Jr., Bryant Purvis and an unidentified juvenile, were all originally charged with attempted murder after beating white schoolmate Justin Barker unconscious. The fight happened after three white students hung nooses from a tree after a black student was seen sitting under it. Barker was taken to the hospital after the beating but was released the same day.
Bell was found guilty on secondary-degree battery charges by an all-white jury. However, on Friday, the federal appeals court dismissed the second-degree battery charge against Bell, saying the case was improperly tried. Bell, who was 16 at the time of the incident, was erroneously tried as an adult for battery—a violation of the Louisiana law. Prosecutor Reed Walters plans to appeal this decision.
Bell remains incarcerated, unable to satisfy the set $90,000 bond, unlike his counterparts, who were able to raise the money to satisfy bonds ranging from $78,000 to $130,000.
Shortly after the decision was overturned, Bell's attorneys filed a motion to have him released from prison. Federal appeals courts deemed the motion "premature" and it was denied.
|Posted by: Mary Poppins Sep 19 2007, 03:34 PM|
| Students from Howard U left this morning.
|Posted by: 2lyrical Sep 19 2007, 03:37 PM|
| The latest has been - no joke- over 100,000 of people of different ethnicities. All this resulting from the comment that D.A. made the other day about "don't anybody know what is going on and [they] need to stay away"
The D.A. is the one who doesn't have a clue
|Posted by: Trouble Man Sep 19 2007, 03:41 PM|
|Thanks for the updates. Wow... this may be one of the biggest demonstrations ever. I'm glad people of all races are paying attention to the case. Things gotta change, man. I'll wear my black Nike shirt over my white one to show my unity, if I could.|
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 19 2007, 04:00 PM|
| September 19, 2007
Jesse Jackson: Obama's 'acting like he's white'
Jackson was sharply critical of Obama's reaction to the case in Jena, Louisiana Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson sharply criticized Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Tuesday over his reaction to the arrest of six black juveniles in Jena, Louisiana on murder charges, accusing the Illinois senator of "acting like he's white," according to a South Carolina newspaper.
The comments reportedly came during a speech at Columbia’s historically black Benedict College.
The State newspaper reports Jackson later said he did not recall saying Obama is "acting like he's white," but continued to condemn the Illinois Democrat as well as the other presidential candidates for not bringing more attention to this issue. (Related: Residents: Nooses spark school violence, divide town)
He also said Obama needs to be "bolder" in his stances if he wants to make inroads in South Carolina. Obama currently trails rival Hillary Clinton, a senator from New York, in the Palmetto State by 18 points, according to a recent LA Times/Bloomberg poll.
Jackson, who ran for president twice in the 1980's, endorsed Obama's White House bid earlier in the year. Jackson won the South Carolina Democratic primary, where African American voters play an influential role, in both presidential bids.
"If I were a candidate, I'd be all over Jena," the prominent civil rights activist said Tuesday in Columbia, South Carolina, the paper reports. "Jena is a defining moment, just like Selma was a defining moment."
Jackson is slated to be on hand for a march in Jena this Thursday. The Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, and hip-hop artist Mos Def are also expected to be on hand. (Related video: King kids join march on Jena)
In a statement released Wednesday, Jackson reaffirmed his support for Obama.
"He has remarkably transcended race, however the impact of Katrina and Jena makes America's unresolved moral dilemma of race unavoidable," he said. " I think Jena is another defining moment of the issue of race and the criminal justice system. This issue requires direct and bold leadership. I commend Sen. Obama for speaking out and demanding fairness on this defining issue. Any attempt to dilute my support for Sen. Obama will not succeed."
Obama formally released a statement on the case Friday evening after one of the teen's charges was thrown out, saying, “I am pleased that the Louisiana state appeals court recognized that the aggravated battery charge brought in this case was inappropriate."
"I hope that today’s decision will lead the prosecutor to reconsider the excessive charges brought against all the teenagers in this case," he added. "And I hope that the judicial process will move deliberately to ensure that all of the defendants will receive a fair trial and equal justice under the law."
He also said in a separate statement last week, "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. This isn't just Jena's problem; it'sAmerica's problem."
Meanwhile, Obama's chief rivals for the Democratic nomination, Clinton and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, have also recently condemned the Jena case.
At last Saturday's NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner in Charleston South Carolina, Clinton said, "“There is no excuse for the way the legal system treated those young people….this case reminds us that the scales of justice are seriously out of balance when it comes to charging, sentencing, and punishing African-Americans."
It cries out for a full investigation from the Department of Justices’ Civil Rights division," she added.
Edwards released a statement Wednesday morning, saying "as someone who grew up in the segregated South, I feel a special responsibility to speak out on racial intolerance. 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."
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 19 2007, 04:03 PM|
Clinton said the Jena case is a 'teachable moment for America.'
(CNN)– Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, says the controversy surrounding the "Jena 6″ court case is a "teachable moment for America."
"People need to understand that we cannot let this kind of inequality and injustice happen anywhere in America," the Democratic presidential hopeful told Rev. Al Sharpton when she called into his nationally syndicated radio program Tuesday afternoon.
She was speaking about a case in the town of Jena, Louisiana, where six African-American teenagers were initially charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit attempted murder in connection with the Dec. 4 beating of a white student.
Last Friday, the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lake Charles, Louisiana threw out the conviction for second degree battery against one of the boys, Mychal Bell, saying the charges should have been brought in juvenile court. Charges against Bell were reduced, as were charges against Carwin Jones and Theodore Shaw, who have not yet come to trial. Bryant Purvis and an unidentified juvenile remain charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
The New York senator said she has put a request into the Bush administration to ask the Civil Rights division of the Justice Department to investigate the case because, "we have a responsibility to confront racial injustice and intolerance anywhere." She said she did so because she was troubled by reports that the youths were charged and sentenced in a manner that may have been inconsistent with what was called for.
On Thursday, thousands of people are expected to march on the small central Louisianatown to protest what they feel are excessive criminals charges and bond amounts for the teens.
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 19 2007, 04:21 PM|
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 19 2007, 04:32 PM|
|Posted by: MK HOLLA Sep 19 2007, 10:17 PM|
| I JUST GOT UP ON ALL WHAT'S GOING ON
I WAS LIKE WHAT IS THIS JENA 6
BUT THIS IS JUST HORRIBLE
AND I'M GLAD MY PEOPLE ARE GOING DOWN
THIS IS JUST PLAIN OUT RACIAL
AND I DON'T PLAY THE RACE CARD
BUT THIS IS
|Posted by: Code Orange Sep 20 2007, 11:26 AM|
And Tennessee State University students too.
|Posted by: The People's Choice Sep 20 2007, 04:13 PM|
| OMG there are soooo many people here
yesterday I met a group of about
a hundred or so guys
from Orlando, FL
I'm hearing they got something goin on
around 4 o'clock down at that Riverfront Center
I'll be down there... my mama called from work
and said Jesse & Al are downtown
|Posted by: Mary Poppins Sep 22 2007, 12:38 PM|
| This shit is getting serious now.
|Posted by: Wee Tony Sep 22 2007, 01:15 PM|
Bugger the Sheriff's department!!!
Isn't something like this a federal matter? Or is it only terrorism if you sport a turban and a beard?
|Posted by: Mary Poppins Sep 22 2007, 05:39 PM|
You would think.
Update: I didn't see this posted but Mychal Bell was denied bail yesterday.
|Posted by: MK HOLLA Sep 22 2007, 10:52 PM|
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 23 2007, 09:46 PM|
|muthafreakin HATE crimes...racist judicial system which is what the march was about is still being used to manipulate these kids... Alright don't get the FBI involved, they gon regret it...this country is a ticking racial time bomb because of the judicial inequalities that persist and no politicians or civil rights group feel compelled to truly address on a national level...keep on ya'll don't believe fat meat greasy...|
|Posted by: Mary Poppins Sep 23 2007, 10:00 PM|
I read an article on comcast.net earlier, stating that the FBI is looking into the website.
Sorry I was too lazy to copy/paste the article.
|Posted by: dwayne. Sep 23 2007, 10:21 PM|
| FBI Reviewing Anti-Jena 6 Web Page
By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press Writer
Sun Sep 23, 8:01 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The FBI is reviewing a white supremacist Web site that purports to list the addresses of five of the six black teenagers accused of beating a white student in Jena and "essentially called for their lynching," an agency spokeswoman said Saturday.
Sheila Thorne, an agent in the FBI's New Orleans office, said authorities were reviewing whether the site breaks any federal laws. She said the FBI had "gathered intelligence on the matter," but declined to further explain how the agency got involved.
CNN first reported Friday about the Web site, which features a swastika, frequent use of racial slurs, a mailing address in Roanoke, Va., and phone numbers purportedly for some of the teens' families "in case anyone wants to deliver justice." That page is dated Thursday.
The Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement Saturday that some of the families have received "almost around the clock calls of threats and harassment," and called on Gov. Kathleen Blanco to intervene.
A Blanco spokeswoman said the governor had asked law enforcement _ primarily state police _ to investigate.
"These people need more than an investigation. They need protection," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said. He said his organization would be in touch with President Bush's nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey.
"This is a test for the disposition of the Department of Justice to serve as an intervenor and a deterrent" to hate crimes and discrimination, Jackson said. He said federal marshals should protect the families.
Carolas Purvis, whose number was among three listed on the Web site, said she did not feel in danger. Purvis is the aunt of Bryant Purvis, who has yet to be arraigned. She said she has received a number of calls, some from people who say nothing, others to let her know that her number had been put on the site. One, Friday night, used the N-word to her young son, she said.
A dispatcher for the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Department said no one in the office Saturday could say whether any threats had been reported.
Of the two other numbers listed as "active" on the Web site, one was not answered Saturday; the other yielded a constant busy signal.
On Thursday, thousands of demonstrators marched in a civil rights demonstration in support of the so-called Jena 6. The six black teens were arrested after a December attack on a white student _ the culmination of fights between blacks and whites.
Of the six teens arrested, five initially were charged with attempted second-degree murder; charges for four have been reduced as they were arraigned. Charges against the sixth teen, booked as a juvenile, are sealed.
Mychal Bell is the only one to have been tried so far. A state appeals court recently threw out his conviction for aggravated second-degree battery, saying he couldn't be tried as an adult. He remained in jail pending an appeal.
William A. "Bill" White, listed as the Web site's editor and commander of the American National Socialist Workers Party, did not immediately answer an e-mail to his address. Calls to one of the two William Whites listed in Roanoke were not answered; the other said he was not involved with the site.
Blanco said Saturday that harassing families involved in the case "cannot and will not be tolerated."
"Public attacks on private citizens done out of ignorance and hatred is appalling, and anyone who stoops to such unspeakable persecution will be investigated and subject to the full penalty of law," she said in a statement.
|Posted by: dwayne. Sep 23 2007, 10:24 PM|
| some bullshit,
there saying they don't see this as a federal problem...
so if innocent people get SLAUGHTERED b/c there black,
it's not a "matter of national security?"
but someone who wears a turban and walks down the
street is a "Terrorist?"
Lord, give me the strength.
|Posted by: Wee Tony Sep 24 2007, 01:36 AM|
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but there seems to be a muddying of the waters here.
Why would the FBI be concerned if it was a matter of National security or not? Is that not the remit of the CIA?
As far as I was aware, the FBI can assume jurisdiction on anything that could be counted as a felony.
The families of these guys must feel isolated and hopeless. They just realised their safety net doesn't exist.
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 24 2007, 06:02 PM|
That's ok.. with Bush in the WH I'd be surprised if anything happens unless civil unrest happens...Now is the time to organize and keep protesting unlike anytime since the civil rights movement..People cannot feel comfortable hanging nooses...Now the FBI should address, this but they'll claim ambuguity, it's a hate crime, pure and simple. The websites are more of a prosecutional issue that has a concrete "papertrail", hopefully they are motivated to at least persue that...
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 24 2007, 06:17 PM|
As much as it pains me to say this what the FBI said is consistent with US past policies and procedures. The FBI has neva been motivated to move on their own.
They have always been moved to action by the directive of a sitting US president; until we get the White House right the Jena 6 injustices as well as similar ones to come will continue to happen...i.e.A. Philip Randoph, Martin Luther King as well and of course Bobby Kennedy was in support of civil rights they all requested that Kennedy (who supported civil rights, see a pattern)send federal marshalls to MS. I guess one question could be how is the governor of Louisiana involved has he requested federal assistance?
Even the Lil Rock situation that was a directive of President Eisenhower...having integrity, human decency has nothin to do with a political party but it should be a prerequisite for picking a president.
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 27 2007, 07:47 PM|
| By DOUG SIMPSON, Associated Press Writer
30 minutes ago
JENA, La. - A black teenager whose prosecution in the beating of a white classmate prompted a massive civil rights protest here walked out of a courthouse Thursday after a judge ordered him freed.
Mychal Bell's release on $45,000 bail came hours after a prosecutor confirmed he will no longer seek an adult trial for the 17-year-old. Bell, one of the teenagers known as the Jena Six, still faces trial as a juvenile in the December beating in this small central Louisiana town.
"We still have mountains to climb, but at least this is closer to an even playing field," said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who helped organize last week's protest.
"He goes home because a lot of people left their home and stood up for him," Sharpton said.
District Attorney Reed Walters' decision to abandon adult charges means that Bell, who had faced a maximum of 15 years in prison on his aggravated second-degree battery conviction last month, instead could be held only until he turns 21 if he is found guilty in juvenile court.
The conviction in adult court was thrown out this month by the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, which said Bell should not have been tried as an adult on that particular charge.
Walters had said he would appeal that decision. On Thursday, he said he still believes there was legal merit to trying Bell as an adult but decided it was in the best interest of the victim, Justin Barker, and his family to let the juvenile court handle the case.
"They are on board with what I decided," Walters said at a news conference.
Walters said Bell faces juvenile court charges of aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy to commit that crime.
Bell is among six black Jena High School students arrested in December after a beating that left Barker unconscious and bloody, though the victim was able to attend a school function later the same day. Four of the defendants were 17 at the time, and legally adults under Louisiana law.
Those four and Bell, who was 16, all were initially charged with attempted murder. Walters has said he sought to have Bell tried as an adult because he already had a criminal record, and because he believed Bell instigated the attack.
The charges have been dropped to aggravated second-degree battery in four of the cases. One defendant has yet to be arraigned. The sixth defendant's case is sealed in juvenile court.
Critics accuse Walters, who is white, of prosecuting blacks more harshly than whites. They note that he filed no charges against three white teens suspended from the high school for allegedly hanging nooses in a tree on campus not long before fights between blacks and whites, including the attack on Barker.
An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 protesters marched in Jena last week in a scene that evoked the early years of the civil-rights movement.
Walters said the demonstration had no influence on the decision he announced Thursday, and ended his news conference by saying that only God kept the protest peaceful.
"The only way — let me stress that — the only way that I believe that me or this community has been able to endure the trauma that has been thrust upon us is through the prayers of the Christian people who have sent them up in this community," Walters said.
"I firmly believe and am confident of the fact that had it not been for the direct intervention of the Lord Jesus Christ last Thursday, a disaster would have happened. You can quote me on that."
When the Rev. Donald Sibley, a black Jena pastor, called it a "shame" that Walters credited divine intervention for the protesters acting responsibly, the prosecutor said: "What I'm saying is, the Lord Jesus Christ put his influence on those people, and they responded accordingly."
After the news conference, Sibley told CNN that Walters had insulted the protesters by making a false separation between "his Christ and our Christ."
"I can't diminish Christ at all. But for him to use it in the sense that because his Christ, his Jesus, because he prayed, because of his police, that everything was peaceful and was decent and in order — that's not the truth," Sibley said.
Walters has said repeatedly that Barker's suffering has been lost in the furor that erupted over the case, and that what happened to the teen was much more severe than a schoolyard fight.
Walters also has defended his decision not to seek charges in the hanging of the nooses, which he said was "abhorrent and stupid" but not a crime.
that was a beautiful prayer rev. Al gave....
|Posted by: No One Will Do Sep 27 2007, 09:20 PM|
| Black Panther Protection
The leader of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is telling the family of the “Jena 6” that his organization has got their back. Along with their families, the six teens who were the subject of the massive rally in Jena, La., last week have been the targets of death threats and intimidation.
Many angry Whites have denounced the support the teens have received from civil rights leaders, entertainers, human rights activists, students, politicians and clergy of all races since it became public that they could spend decades in prison for their role in a schoolyard fight with a fellow White student.
“As Black leadership, we have a moral and ethical obligation to secure the safety and security of the Jena Six families and the Black residents of Jena Louisiana,” Malik Shabazz, an attorney and leader of the New Black Panthers said.
“The New Black Panther Party, the Millions More Movement, and other volunteers from Civil rights organizations will spearhead a nationwide call to provide security, patrols and protection for the families and residents over the upcoming months.”
The barrage of threats to the Black teens and their families has come from a growing number of Whites and White supremacist groups in recent days.
On the same day of last week’s protests in the tiny Louisiana town of Jena, a racist Web site reportedly posted the addresses and phone numbers of members of the ‘Jena 6."
This message, “Addresses of Jena 6 Niggers In Case Anyone Wants to Deliver Justice,” which is currently posted on the Virginia-based site “essentially calls for their lynching,” an FBI spokesman tells ABC News.
The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are now calling on public officials – from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco to the United States attorney general – to get protection for the teenagers and their families. Jackson has also asked Bush to step up to the plate for the “Jena 6.”
“This is a test for the disposition of the Department of Justice to serve as an intervenor and a deterrent” to hate crimes, Jackson told The Associated Press.
Attempts by various news sources to reach the site’s editor, William A. “Bill” White, have been unsuccessful.
Symbols of Hate
This isn’t the first time, since the Jena march, that symbols of racial intimidation have been on display, Shabazz says. Hours after the rally, two White teenagers in the town of Alexandria, La., about 45 minutes from Jena, were arrested for dangling two nooses from their pick up truck in an attempt to incite anger among Black demonstrators who were waiting for buses for their return home.
The very next day, that same symbol of hate was found swinging from a tree and other locations at a North Carolina high school.
Earlier this month, students and faculty at the University of Maryland found a noose hanging on a tree near a Black hang-out spot on campus.
Those incidents are under investigation.
|Posted by: Wee Tony Sep 27 2007, 10:58 PM|
| Uh oh....
This is a recipe for disaster
|Posted by: Mary Poppins Oct 12 2007, 01:02 PM|
| 'Jena Six' Teen Mychal Bell Back in Jail
JENA, La. - A teenager at the center of a civil rights controversy is back in jail after a judge sentenced him on charges that were pending before the attack that put him in the national spotlight, his attorney said Thursday.
Mychal Bell, who along with five other black teenagers had been accused of beating a white classmate, went to juvenile court Thursday expecting another routine hearing, said Carol Powell Lexing, one of Bell's attorneys.
Instead, after a six-hour hearing, state District Judge J.P. Mauffrey Jr. sentenced him to 18 months on two counts of simple battery and two counts of criminal destruction of property, Lexing said.
He had been hit with those charges before the Dec. 4 attack on classmate Justin Barker.
"He's locked up again," Marcus Jones said of his 17-year-old son. "No bail has been set or nothing. He's a young man who's been thrown in jail again and again, and he just has to take it."
This was slick.
|Posted by: Wee Tony Oct 12 2007, 06:41 PM|
Well... to be fair... he wouldn't get thrown in jail again and again if he controlled his temper.
While I support these individuals in terms of the trumped up charges, this guy clearly has a violent streak that he needs to learn to control.
I cannot condone that, but I will condemn the racism that is inflating the charges against him. If he beats someone up, then he should face proportional consequences of that.
Or is there something else to this that I'm missing?