Saturday, June 30, 2007

America: what's my age again?

There is no racism in America.
-- Larry Elder, 20/20
In September 2006, a group of African American high school students in Jena, Louisiana, asked the school for permission to sit beneath a "whites only" shade tree. There was an unwritten rule that blacks couldn't sit beneath the tree. The school said they didn't care where students sat. The next day, students arrived at school to see three nooses (in school colors) hanging from the tree.

The boys who hung the nooses were suspended from school for a few days. The school administration chalked it up as a harmless prank, but Jena's black population didn't take it so lightly. Fights and unrest started breaking out at school. The District Attorney, Reed Walters, was called in to directly address black students at the school and told them all he could "end their life with a stroke of the pen."

Black students were assaulted at white parties. A white man drew a loaded rifle on three black teens at a local convenience store. (They wrestled it from him and ran away.) Someone tried to burn down the school, and on December 4th, a fight broke out that led to six black students being charged with attempted murder. To his word, the D.A. pushed for maximum charges, which carry sentences of eighty years. Four of the six are being tried as adults (ages 17 & 18) and two are juveniles.
Now, an all-white jury has convicted Mychal Bell of aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy to commit and faces a potential 22 years in prison.

[Via While Seated and Rick Perlstein at The Big Con]


Blogger Maya's Granny said...

Anyone who says there is no racism in this country is either a liar or an idiot. Either is dangerous to have around.

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