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Have you heard of the “Jena Six?” If not… PLEASE watch this:

posted on July 11th 2007 in Sharing with 2 Comments


Your local news, your national news, your internet news, have most likely NOT shared the horror of what is going on down in Jena, Louisiana. Six black teenagers are being harshly oversentenced due to a school fight – charged w/ ATTEMPTED MURDER and could face up to LIFE in prison. What started the fight? They sat under a white only tree. A WHITE’S ONLY TREE!!! And the next day, there were nooses hanging from the tree… fast-forward to some black kids beating up a white kid who was left w/ some bruises and now the 6 black kids are being treated like murder capable criminals. This is one of the saddest stories going on RIGHT NOW that the news is NOT telling us about. They don’t have big enough legal representation to make a lot of media noise so we want to make sure you are brought up to speed. Please look into this story and don’t sleep on racisim in 2007.

More info:
Michael David Murphy/jena/
Democracy Now
“Jena 6″ Update
Friends of Justice
NPR

(Thx Eric for tellin us about it.)

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  • RUBIX

    commented on July 13, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Though it should’nt be, it still amazes me how much things have not changed. Who would have thought that there was a place where there’s still a whites only tree? A Tree! Trees are brown and green.

  • joseph young

    commented on August 12, 2007 at 9:18 am

    An Open Letter To The Jena Six
    By Joseph Young
    Dear Mychal,
    I keep thinking about you. I also think about the other young men who have fallen prey to racial hatred. Its existence, more than a century after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, makes me fearful for your life, your safety. The freedom that it promised was tenuous.
    It was not entirely without strength. In the proclamation, issued three years into the Civil War, Lincoln declared, at the urging of Frederick Douglass, that the former slaves would be accepted into the Union Army and navy, making the liberated the liberator. By the war’s end, almost 200,000 black servicemen had fought for freedom and saved the Union.
    Your generation, like mine, is being denied this freedom our ancestors risked life and limb, so that we may live as free men and women. You can call them heroes, but they were not thinking of themselves when they displayed courage and self-sacrifice on the battlefields of America.
    Today, then, to guard against the impending doom of American civilization, is not only opposition to racism, but also the determination to secure the civil rights for which many Americans have paid a heavy toll. Of all the civil rights, the right to learn is the surest prevention from ignorance. If at any time, children are instructed with anti-black bias; and they are made to learn what is not true and what the dominate forces in their lives want them to think is true; there’re guilty of impeding the march toward American civilization.
    Astonishing as it is that those students would hang three nooses from the tree at Jena High School as a racial taunt, including calling the black students ‘niggers’; you would think that America would never again want to see a black person hang from a tree, or behind bars. The nooses show that we, Americans, have not come that far from the cruelties and barbarity of slavery as we think. (Between 1882 and 1968, an estimated 5,000 people, mostly blacks, met their deaths at the hands of lynch mobs.) And this also is an unfortunate comment upon the belief that our schools are the great path to progress, the great equalizer. If our schools are the great path to progress, they must be the freest of our institutions, opposed bitterly to the attempt to indoctrinate our children with racial hatred.
    Well, Mychal, as you and the others wait behind bars because of a racially biased and an over zealous prosecutor, it is for us on the outside to continue the unfinished work of our fathers, to set you free. All of you were willing to fight racial hatred, and you know people of goodwill are beside you. If the Confederacy couldn’t stop us, the opposition we now face will fail. When history is written your detractors will get little note, but you will be remembered for standing up for what’s best of the American creed. You are part of a legacy in which our slave forebears fought to birth a new nation. You, Mychal, are a child of America’s destiny.
    It was Martin Luther King who said if a man doesn’t have something worth dying for he is not fit to live. Freedom is worth dying for. Justice is worth dying for. Equality is worth dying for. A child is worth dying for, because our job as parents is to protect children.
    Mychal, when you feel complete frustration and your narrow jail cell is closing in on your spirit and mind; remember the message of the old slave preacher to his flock whose resistance to oppression might have been completely in vain:
    “You are created in God’s image. You are not slaves, you are not ‘niggers’; you are God’s children.”
    Godspeed Mychal,
    Your brother in the struggle, Joseph

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