Jena Six, a photo story (Jena6)
It was a school fight with major racial implications. The Six saw an injustice with that "whites only" tree, and tried to make things right. They did ask the school to allow the tree to be open to anyone who wants to sit there. (The virtue of unity, the highest virtue mankind as a whole can obtain in this age. God bless those boys.) And the school just passed it off as a non-issue, even after someone hung three nooses from that tree. Nooses hanging from a tree in backwoods Louisiana? Whoever did that was FULLY aware of what that symbolized. That was intentional provocation. Now, the mistake the Six made was letting their emotions get out of control and getting into a fight. Again, Jena is a backwoods town in the South, 85% white. They should have filed court cases instead of beating up that White kid. (Not that I believe court cases would have changed anything. Most of the time it doesn't. But at least the Six wouldn't be looking at hard time right now.) The boy on the receiving end of the beat-down was treated and released after three hours. In fact, he was reportedly seen at a school function that evening.
It was a school fight. Happens everyday, unfortunately. I'm not saying it's right. But to charge those boys as adults, with a possible sentence of 22 years in prison? After a school fight? What happened to suspension or expulsion? Do Black boys scare folks in Jena THAT much? Good Lord, help me. My blood is boiling at a dangerous level right now.