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The "Jena 6" are six African-American teenagers in the central-Louisiana town of Jena who were charged with attempted murder after a white student was beaten unconscious at Jena High School late last year. The beating followed a string of attacks by white students against black ones that did not result in serious charges, as well as the escalating tensions sparked by an incident in which three white students hung nooses from a tree in the high school courtyard that black students complained had become an exclusive hang-out spot for whites. School officials dismissed the nooses as an "adolescent prank." That, combined with the serious charges against the six black teens, has made Jena the focus of a nationwide civil rights campaign. The local district attorney later reduced the charges to aggravated second-degree battery, and on Friday, a state appeals court vacated the conviction of the one teen who had already been convicted. But a rally is still being planned for tomorrow, with tens of thousands of protesters from around the country expected to converge on Jena.
Originally posted by scientist
rockpuck, I am usually very impressed at your posts, however this is an all-time low.
The punishment of the kids is justified, IMO - however the article brings up that this is NOT the norm. In the exact opposite situation, there would have been no national outcry whatsoever. That is the issue here. Your response seriously reeked of suppressed racism. Just my own impression.
Originally posted by marg6043
Something interesting the demonstration is going to be massive something that the littler town was not expecting.
It will be something to keep an eye on to see if the police will instigate violence so they can start arresting people.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
Jesse Jackson heard about it, and with the "reverend" Al they where rape the judicial system to fit their own personal gain. Any black man not supporting them and the 6 kids is just not black enough.
But the injuries turned out to be superficial. Barker was examined by doctors and released; he went out to a social function later that evening.
Six black students were arrested and charged with aggravated assault. But District Attorney Reed Walters increased the charges to attempted second-degree murder.