Jena 6

October 2, 2007

Unbelievable – it took 100,000 people marching to get this boy out. What does that say about the obstinate, stiffneck justice system that it took all that.

Jena 6 Double Standard

The Jena Six case is about 6 black high school students that were provoked by racist incidents and subsequently charged with beating up a white schoolmate that provoked them.

This week, after an Al Sharpton spearheaded march, Mychal Bell, one of the Jena 6, was finally freed after spending 10 months in jail, wrongfully tried as an adult. The appeals court threw out the case stating he should not have been charged as an adult. The case has been bounced to the juvenile courts.

While I do not condone violence, a few corrupt cops, district attorneys, prosecutors and judges in the case decided they were going to perform a modern day legal lynching, attempting to lock these black boys up for 20-50 years over a school yard fight.

Never mind in the same race charged incidents, a white man, 22 year old Justin Sloan, who is an adult, hit a black student in the head with a bottle, which is very dangerous, and only received probation, not jail time, yet these under 18 black students have been facing the prospect of decades in prison. How is that fair or remotely just. 

That’s a blatant double standard. It should be the same for everyone. You should do to one what you do to another. If you’re going to let one go for beating up another, let the others go for doing the same. If you’re going to lock up one for battery, lock up all for battery, but you did not do that in this case.

This shameful, prejudiced double standard that exists in the court system is heinously wrong.

And you all should be ashamed of yourselves that it took international media condemnation and all these people marching, like we were back in the civil rights era, to correct the injustices you were perpetrating.

Jena Six proved it is not “Liberty And Justice For All.” It unmasked the corruption in the judicial system.

All you managed to do was give the world a bird’s eye view of how hopelessly corrupt and wicked the court system is and illustrate the shameful fact that racism is still alive and well.

How It Began

It all started when a black high school student asked if he could sit underneath a tree on the school campus, paid for with federal money. The teacher said yes and he did. The next day 3 nooses hung from the tree.

Symbol Of Racism

The noose is a symbol of racism. If someone had tied a string around that tree with a swastika hanging off it, that would have been labeled a hate crime. The noose is to black people what the swastika is to Jewish people.

When a swastika is sprayed on a synagogue or any building, the police label it a hate crime and it is featured as such on the local news. So how is it, this can occur at a federally funded school of all places and not be deemed a crime.

Crime And Punishment

While I do believe they should be punished for beating up the student, certainly not via years of their lives in prison. Injustices had been transpiring at that school, where slurs were uttered, a hate crime took place, and an incident was reported where a gun was brandished before a black student, yet amazingly nothing came of it on the legal end. The police did nothing.

That sends the message that it is okay to hit black people over the head with bottles and threaten us with guns. It’s not okay to do that to anyone, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Indian or purple. 

Racism In America

Racism in America never went away. Only naïve people believe that. The nation currently hosts many white supremacists groups that have web sites filled with forums of hate.

Even in South Florida, right outside Miami, there is a city called Davie that has select white supremacist pockets. You see them along the road selling huge carpets with white supremacists logos and symbols. They sometimes engage in hate crimes as well, such as fatally shooting a black woman in the head at a stop light because she was seated next to her white boyfriend in the vehicle.

But no, there’s no racism. Black people are paranoid and just imagining things (sarcasm).

Racism never went away in America (and several other countries as well), it just took on another form, civilized hate. Some white people are not racists, but some still are.

You see it when corporations make private racists prank videos that accidentally make their way onto the Internet, humiliating the company.

You see it when college students derogatorily dress up for parties in stereotypical black American garb with 40 oz beer taped to their hands and padded butts.

You see it in so called scientific studies of which race has the biggest penis (that was a real study by the way) or professors’ papers purporting that blue eyed people are allegedly smarter (Aisha thinking to herself, “hmmm, the president has blue eyes”).

All of this stuff is rubbish. Race never made anyone smarter. There are smart people in every race.

There are also dummies in every race in every country of the world. There’s always a village idiot. Just teasing with the last two lines.

Judges Running Amok

Sentencing guidelines are not clear, leaving too much room for skewered, biased interpretation and improvisation via judges who are out of control.

Judges are granted too much discretion and freedom in interpreting the law, rather than sticking to what it says.

Judges are granted too much power to throw out cases and reinstate others that do not warrant it.

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