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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Truth About the Jena 6

For some time, I've being trying to explain to people the absurdity of the uproar about the "Jena 6" - six criminals who assaulted an entirely innocent man and then, somehow, managed to make themselves into victims.  But this article, from the Assistant Editor of the Jena Times lays out the case far better than I ever could.

Here is the most striking portion:

The event on Dec. 4, 2006 was consistently labeled a "schoolyard fight." But witnesses described something much more horrific. Several black students, including those now known as the Jena 6, barricaded an exit to the school's gym as they lay in wait for Justin Barker to exit. (It remains unclear why Mr. Barker was specifically targeted.)

When Barker tried to leave through another exit, court testimony indicates, he was hit from behind by Mychal Bell. Multiple witnesses confirmed that Barker was immediately knocked unconscious and lay on the floor defenseless as several other black students joined together to kick and stomp him, with most of the blows striking his head.

Let's review: this group of thugs ambushed an innocent individual and savagely beat him unconcious.  Yet they're the ones who are getting songs written about them and who are being held up as heroes of civil rights?  What brave martyrs they make!  Though, they're more likely to make Bull Connor than Martin Luther King proud.

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Ms. America, It seems to me that in the Jena 6 case, the organizers of the march on Jena were not interested in the intent of the noose hangers (and it may be because they were juveniles and therefore off limits, so to speak). There is a current noose hanging event that is being handled entirely different and seemingly with better results: http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071101/NEWS01/711010376

Posted by: msgijoe | 2007-11-02 7:04:05 AM

I know it is beating a dead horse, but I came upon an interview relating to the Jena 6 nooses that relates to some of the early comments on this thread. According to Amy Goodman's recording, Bryant Purvis, one of the Jena 6 young men charged in the beating of Justin Barker, did not know of the meaning of nooses until his mother told him, sometime after the fact.

TINA JONES: Well, my son, he didn't know about it at first. And when he did go to see, the noose part of the rope had been cut off, and just the rope itself was hanging. But when I found out about it, it was at work, from some of the other parents talking about it. Bryant didn't come home and tell me. So when I got home that day, I asked Bryant about it. And Bryant told me, “Yes, ma'am.” But he didn't really understand what the noose part of it meant. So, you know, and he was like, “Well, what is that, anyway?” And, you know, we went into detail as to, you know, what it represented or whatever.

AMY GOODMAN: What did you tell him?

TINA JONES: You knw, I said, nooses hanging from a tree is normally how they, you know, done black people or slaves back a long time ago. You know, and he was like, “Oh.” He said, “I didn't know.” You know, but he didn't actually see the noose part hanging from the tree.

Posted by: msgijoe | 2007-11-08 6:24:10 AM

AHA! OHO! The truth is coming out now!

Chicago Tribune:

Just weeks after some 20,000 demonstrators protested what they decried as unequal justice aimed at six black teenagers in the Louisiana town of Jena, controversy is growing over the accounting and disbursing of at least $500,000 donated to pay for the teenagers' legal defense. Parents of the "Jena 6" teens have refused to publicly account for how they are spending a large portion of the cash, estimated at up to $250,000.

AS THEY SAY, follow the money.

Posted by: obc | 2007-11-11 11:31:16 AM

People from Jena say "you know" a lot. I have seen "you know" quoted in quite a bit of interviews in this case. It's kinda funny, you know.

Posted by: Ms America | 2007-11-13 2:09:54 PM

. . . and the quarter million dollars has gone where?

Posted by: obc | 2007-11-13 2:12:56 PM

This is old news. Haven't you heard? They spent it on a a brand new Jaquar coupe, a Cadillac Escalade with 22" rims, new shoes, clothes, jewelry, baseball caps, oh yeah, and those handsome, pricey Ed Hardy outfits that they wore to the BET Awards for their national appearance debut! There was even a video on Myspace showing Bryant Purvis laying on a bed full of cash as he proudly flashed wads of it into the lens of the camera. It was removed from the site only after 20 million disappointed users saw it. IDIOTS.

Posted by: Ms America | 2007-11-13 2:24:52 PM

This is nitpicking as I am sure the lawyers are capable of taking care of themselves. However, it does raise more questions about what happened to the money that was supposedly raised for the legal defense of the Jena 6.

"Michael Baisden, a nationally syndicated black radio host who is leading a major fundraising drive on behalf of the Jena 6, has declined to reveal how much he has collected. Attorneys for the first defendant to go to trial, Mychal Bell, say they have yet to receive any money from him."

Posted by: msgijoe | 2007-11-14 5:42:29 PM

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