Originally posted by DarkStormCrow
What would a proper sentence for these 6 young men be?
(snip) "The victim was struck from behind in a school hallway, knocked unconcious and then beaten by up to 15 other students. (snip)
If the victim was your child what would you think would be a fair punishment?
If the culprit was your child what would you think would be a fair punishment?
I'll tell you what it should not be. Twenty-two years for a teenager. Any teacher will tell you that fights are not uncommon in schools regardless of
race and they should be dealt with accordingly. In this case the punishment seems extremely excessive.
The victim was released same day and ready to smile and pose with friends for the school photographers. If the injuries were sever enough to deserve
the punishments the alleged culprits initally received then the victim would still have been hospitalized.
Also it was claimed that he used a racist term toward a black student, not that he was simply friends with some other antagonists that hung the
nooses. Where they wrong in attacking him? Absolutely...you cannot put your hands on anyone regardless of what they call you...however the sentences
they received show a glaring bias in a souther town that's 85% white.
There are even a few white residents who are leaving because of the claimed racism and segregation in the town. Now if even some of the white
residents say that it exists too, then there may be a problem.
If any parent is unconcerned at the essential ruining of the life of a child then I weep for all of our young. Ideally it would be best to place
ourselves in the positions of other parents and look at all children collectively as our own. A community that does not support it's youth (and we
are all in the same community whether we segregate ourselves or not) is doomed to have major issues.
You all realize that earlier in the school year three white students attacked a black student and received suspension. That when a black student was
beaten in a party by a group of whites using BOTTLES, among other things, those white students received simple battery charge. Initially the black
students were charged with attempted second-degree murder.
The weapon? Tennis shoes.
Which in Jena, make for better weapons than bottles.
If most people are content mete out such harsh judgments and/or support them, then I say be consistent all across the board and not change the rules
when you see a face that you can easily relate to. Racism is not dead, injustice is not simply a part of the past and certainly discrimination exists
to this day. These issues we should face maturely.
Its a shame that I see so many people on these boards speak of "whining" and "complaining" when any person of color cries foul. Amazingly
though...those same people have no problem placing themselves in a position of "victim" to discriminative/elitist forces within a government or any
other player in the unproven world conspiracy game.
Perhaps there is more than simple bigotry or racism at play here. Perhaps the school itself is inept and to blame. Why do I think this? The school
librarian was quoted as saying that she had no idea what the nooses meant or represented and brushed it off as a prank. A school librarian with no
knowledge of the documented long history of southern lynchings?
Either she's feigning ignorance (like the school itself seems to be doing) or she actually doesn't have a clue, in which case the students are
smarter than she is and she has no place in a position of authority at a high school. I bet she's never seen a swastika either and wouldn't know
what those would mean painted on a tree.
Nice thread...deserves much more attention than the doomsday ones.