11 September 2007

Racism Rears Ugly Head in Jena, LA

I swear to the Lord
I still can't see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me.
~Langston Hughes, The Black Man Speaks



I just learned about a case of segregation-era oppression happening today in Jena, Louisiana. I signed onto ColorOfChange.org's campaign for justice in Jena, and wanted to invite you to do the same. You may read about this travesty of justice in Racism is Alive and Well in Jena, La or Bloggers Unite : Stop Racist Injustice in Louisiana.

Last fall in Jena, 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."

http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/?id=2001-335189

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.

The story gets worse and worse . . .

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 story has gotten minimal press. Together, we can make sure their story is told and that the Governor of Louisiana intervenes and provides justice for the Jena 6.

It starts now. Please join me:

http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/?id=2001-335189




4 comments:

Adam said...

Really shameful. We don't expect incidents like this to happen in 21st century America.

skeet said...

Blogged, Dugg, Stumbled and added to Delicious.

http://skeetsstuff.skeeterbess.com/2007/09/12/justice-is-not-blind-in-jena-louisiana/

CyberCelt said...

@adam-This is really living in the dark ages. Please encourage your friends to take action on this. These young men are facing serious charges for sitting under a "white" tree.

@skeet-Thanks! This sickens me.

NARIO said...

IT IS REALLY SAD THAT WE HAVE TO STILL GO THROUGH THIS I MEAN WHATS WRONG WITH AMERICA WHY DO THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN THIS IS THE LAND OF THE FREE RIGHT THE HOME OF THE BRAVE IT SHOULDN'T MATTER IF YOU BLACK ,WHITE, GREEN OR BLUE WE ALL SHOULD BE TREATED FAIRLYWE ALL BLEED THE SAME COLOR OF BLOOD AND WHERE THE HELL IS OUR PRESIDENT WHERE'S BUSH WHAT HAVE HE SAID NOTHING YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN SUPPORT THE JENA 6 PRAYER CHANGES

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