Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong

More on the Jena 6

As usual, asim has written a wonderful, eloquent post about this... I'd considered just sending him the link yesterday, but I put my own lack-of-words out there, and I hope it helped. Nonetheless, this you should read.

Excerpt: Where? It's the people who would work with me, but would never let me date their sister. It's the people who'll smile to my face, but call me a nigger behind my back. It's the people who look at a well-dressed black man walking downtown, and lock their cars.

And it's the people who'll sleep with me, but could never, ever marry me.
Justice delayed is Justice denied. And the longer you deny, the longer that tapeworm gets.

kitteridge points out that Snopes has good coverage on this.

Excerpt: ...there were also fights in and near the school, including one in which a black student was attacked at a party predominantly attended by whites by a group armed with beer bottles. (Only one person in that assault was criminally charged, and he with only a misdemeanor.)

So. Black students kick a white student, that's attempted second-degree murder, because sneakers are a deadly weapon, they say. White students assault a black student with beer bottles, and only one is charged, and that's with a misdemeanor?

lmarley wanted to know where to send letters of protest.

Excerpt from the NAACP's mailing on this:

* As Chairman Julian Bond stated, "This is an American outrage that demonstrates the continuing shame of racial division in our country. Join us in making it one of the last."
* In light of the circumstances surrounding Mychal Bell's case, we urge all concerned citizens to support the call for a new trial.
* It is unacceptable to selectively enforce the law based on race. Prosecutorial discretion should be used in a fair and equitable manner.
* The Jena Six should be tried by juries that reflect the racial and ethnic demographics of Jena, Louisiana.
* The hanging of nooses is not a "youthful stunt" or "prank." It is a hate crime. Such hate crimes should not be tolerated at any school. Jena High School must establish a curriculum which promotes cultural sensitivity and understanding.
* The NAACP calls on Louisiana Governor Kathleen B. Blanco and Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti to thoroughly investigate and monitor the trials of Mychal Bell, Robert Bailey, Jr., Theo Shaw, Carwin Jones, Bryant Purvis and John Doe. The Governor and State Attorney General should do everything in their power to ensure that these young men's constitutional rights are protected.

Below please find contact information for the Louisiana Governor and the Louisiana State Attorney General.

The Honorable Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Governor of the Great State of Louisiana
Office of the Governor
Attn: Constituent Services
P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-90004
Phone: (225) 342-0991
Fax: (225) 342-7099

Charles C. Foti, Jr., Attorney General
1885 North 3rd Street
P.O. Box 94005
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: (225) 326-6705
Fax: (225) 342-8703

Sign the petition here. But also, take a minute out of your day and make a phone call. Send a letter.

Let the people who thought it was a cute youthful prank to threaten lynching that they cannot wipe these boys out with a flick of their pen, a racist jury. Let them know that we're watching them.
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