The march on Jena, Louisiana yesterday is being compared by some in the Black community as a “modern day” march on Selma, Alabama in 1965 and Jena is serving as a political sounding board for Jesse Jackson to accuse Barack Obama of “Acting White” for not supporting the “Jena 6.”
Jena is no Selma and Obama was smart to stay out of the smarmy mess.
What we witnessed yesterday in Jena was not a new Civil Rights Movement, but rather a demonstration of The Politics of Boredom the the Glitter of Attention Seeking Sycophants.
Here’s some background information:
The cause of Thursday’s demonstrations dates to August
2006, when a black Jena High School student asked the principal whether
blacks could sit under a shade tree that was a frequent gathering place
for whites. He was told yes. But nooses appeared in the tree the next
Three white students were suspended but not criminally prosecuted.
LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters said this week he could
find no state law covering the act.
The incident was followed by fights between blacks and whites, and in
December a white student, Justin Barker, was knocked unconscious on
school grounds. According to court testimony, his face was swollen and
bloodied, but he was able to attend a school function that night.
Six black teens were arrested. Five were originally charged with
attempted second-degree murder — charges that have since been reduced
for four of them. The sixth was booked as a juvenile on sealed charges.
We can all agree the hanging of the nooses was terrible and awful and in bad taste and the intention was inhuman.
What it illegal?
Were the hanging nooses a form of free speech that deserves public inspection and rejection?
We cannot excuse the Jena 6 taking revenge into their own hands and
beating up a White schoolmate as retribution for the nooses: You don’t
break the law by beating someone up so you can later make your “Civil
Rights cause” something to celebrate.
We’re supposed to feel sorry for — and march to support — the Jena 6
because they beat up somebody and then got in trouble with the law?
don’t understand that irrational reasoning.
Charging the Jena 6 with attempted murder may have been excessive —
but aren’t most initial prosecutorial charges trumped up to the nth
degree and made louder than they really are as a matter of standard
practice? We only need to look at OJ in ’07
to see that Las Vegas prosecutorial fact on-the-record.
For the Jena 6 supporters to now claim “Racism” as the judicial system
sorts out what really happened in their beating of an innocent
bystander is not a proper rallying cry to gain mainstream support
across all ages, cultures and social desires.
If, however, your intention is to play to a narrow chorus of dedicated
supporters in the minority, then you only enslave the niche while
losing the world.
Yesterday’s march on Jena was described by some who attended as a party atmosphere:
But unlike the protests that became landmarks for civil
rights when fire hoses and police dogs greeted demonstrators, the rally
to support six black teenagers charged in a school fight had a festive
yet laid-back air.
“It was a great day,” said Denise Broussard, of Lafayette, La. “I
really felt a sense of purpose and commitment, but it was also a lot of
fun. I met great people and made some good friends.”
Don’t let yelling and shouting and fist-pumping replace facts, reason
and memory — and the march on Jena yesterday is just such an example
of empty actions pretending to be ideas of magnitude, meaning and