"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Nooses in the School's Whites-Only Shade Tree

Welcome to Jena, Louisiana, where 85% of the voting public cast votes for David Duke when he ran for governor. Background video:

Update from The Town Talk:

JENA -- After deliberating for less than three hours Thursday, an all-white jury of six returned with a unanimous guilty verdict on the highest possible charges for the first member of the "Jena Six" to face trial.

Mychal Bell, 17, could be as old as 40 when released from jail if given the maximum sentence for aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy to commit that crime -- more than 22 years. He was 16 when the incident took place.

Bell is one of six black teens charged in a Dec. 4 fight at Jena High School that left Justin Barker -- white -- unconscious. The attack and arrests have made headlines from Chicago to China and have been held up as the culmination of racial unrest in Jena.

Bell and the others arrested -- Theo Shaw, Robert Bailey Jr., Carwin Jones, Bryant Purvis and an unnamed juvenile -- were charged with attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit the same, although Bell's charges were reduced Monday without explanation just before the trial started. . . .


  1. Anonymous10:22 PM


  2. Wow. In this day and age, that's just sickening.

  3. Anonymous11:59 PM

    Which part is sickening...the trial part with an all-white jury convicting someone or the part where six young boys apparently beat a young boy senseless?

  4. Anonymous10:15 PM

    To be honest, BOTH are sickening. I don't advocate either group-beatings or unfair judicial processes.

  5. Anonymous7:13 PM

    The entire situation is sickening, the fact that a black student was assaulted by a group of white students and was given probation, the fact that a white person could pull a loaded gun on someone who takes it and leaves with it to keep him from using it and then is charged with theft. The fact that a public official could threaten a group of school children with making their life go away if they speak anymore. But what is really sad about this is it started because students wanted to sit under a shade tree. Why was the white students who beat the black student not charged in the same way? Why was the person who pulled the gun on the black students not charged and jailed? Wrong is wrong no matter what the color of a persons skin is. What the authorities should have done is informed the entire student body that none of that kind of stuff would be tolerated from anyone.

    Time and time again we see just how devided this country can be when it comes to race. when do we stop pointing fingers that seem to say one side is justified in doing wrong. WRONG IS WRONG! You have the right to speak your mind, but you dont have the right to beat anyone or threaten anyone with a loaded weapon I dont care what your color is.

    What is really sad is the people being discussed are teens, can anyone show me one school in this country where there is no conflict? The Adults with the power are the greater problem here.

  6. Anonymous11:38 PM

    sad how you all think these thugs should be let go free .
    I see the BS about how so many voted for david duke.
    These kids are punks and should be treated as such.

  7. I think somebody left out the fact that the kid was already on probation for destruction of property and for previous assaults.
    Damn funny how some people want to paint these thugs as innocent little children who go to church everyday and spend their time standing at the busy intersection and help little old ladys cross the street.
    Meanwhile call everybody else in the town racist.

    Oh yes Blacks were called up for jury duty as well yet none showed up. Funny thing when the picture is painted using all the colors on the palet.