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Tomorrow, a group is wearing all black in support of the six teens in the racial fight case in Jena, Louisiana.



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Sep. 19th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yet if 10 white guys beat up a black guy, these same people would be damanding their white heads on a silver platter. So much for "equality".

The color of the parties should be irrelevant. 10 people beating someone close to death should face stiff charges no matter who was what color. All our blood is red after all.
Sep. 19th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more. However, in this case, the victim in the beating was never hospitalized. He was treated for concussion then released. Yet these teens were accused of attempted murder. I'm hazy on the details, and I'm at work right now, so I can't look them up and read.

I simply linked to that particular source because it had everything laid out concisely. But if you read all the articles regarding the situation, it is very heavily Pro-White. I would expect this in some of the other southern states where the Klan was more active, but to find this in my homestate is disturbing (and I went to college near there, my parents live near this town, I had friends in the town immediately to the south).

Racism of any flavour is bad. I'd be just as upset if the races were reversed.

I am caucasian. I will be the first person to say that alot of the minorities in the United States milk the fact that they are minorities. But injustice of any flavour upsets me, and from what I've seen of what's happening in Jena... those kids aren't being treated fairly. Whether it's due to their race, or some other factors that aren't being reported, I can't say. :/

Sep. 19th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see. The victim wasn't even hospitalized, nor was a weapon used. In that case, someone in power here has an axe to grind and should be fired.

Ever feel like it's 1968 all over again?
Sep. 19th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Welcome to how life really still is in rural parts of southern states. I grew up in a very similar town, where it's still not ok to have friends of the other ethnicities, or go into "their" gas stations/churches/restaurants/stores.

Basically the gist of the story is that it was a schoolyard fight where the victim did get fairly beaten up, but the fight was seperated by school teachers and officials, and while the victim was treated and released, the kids are being tried *as adults* for attempted murder. By contrast, a similar altercation on a black student by a group of white students a few months earlier at the same school resulted in the white students getting basically slaps on the hand. All of this precipitated by nooses being hung from a "white" tree that black students dared to congregate under one day. Which was labeled a "prank" and not really punished or pursued.
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