Bell to CNN: Jena "a real racist town"

Aug 25, 2008 Full story: www.thetowntalk.com 60

Mychal Bell, the only "Jena Six" defendant to face trial, admitted to hitting white classmate Justin Barker in the 2006 attack that led to one of the country's largest civil rights demonstrations in decades.

"I hit him, you know, whatever," Bell told CNN during an interview televised Sunday on the Headline News cable channel. "You know, I walked on, I went on about my business, whatever. You know. Ain't anything else about it."

In addition to briefly talking about his part in the attack, Bell -- who is currently living in Monroe with a foster family and under state supervision -- talked about his feelings about the community he was raised in.

"Jena is a real racist town, you know," Bell told CNN. "It always has been like that, you know. You got a couple people say, 'It ain't a racist town,' but it's a real racist town."

Bell and five other black Jena High students were charged in December 2006 of attempted second-degree murder in connection with the attack at the school on Barker, who was knocked unconscious and treated at a hospital for his injuries. Charges against all the students were eventually dropped to aggravated second-degree battery.

After an adult conviction on that charge was overturned by the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, Bell pleaded guilty to juvenile charges of second-degree battery in December.

The other five defendants are awaiting trial. Earlier this month the trial judge in Bell's case -- and the only district judge in LaSalle Parish -- was recused from the cases. Attorneys for the other students have filed motions to recuse the parish's district attorney as well.

Barker and his family have filed a civil suit against the Jena Six defendants, their parents, the school and the School Board.

Bell was sentenced to 18 months to be served concurrent "where possible" with sentences he had received for previous juvenile adjudications. Part of the deal also read that he would be required to testify against the other defendants if the cases went to trial.

The Jena Six case sparked national attention and led to more than 20,000 people coming to the rural LaSalle Parish town to march in protest nearly a year ago.

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Choudrant, LA

#1 Aug 27, 2008
You know. Bell probably doesn't even know what the word racist means. Whatever. Jena is definitely a lot safer now that Bell is out of it. You know.
smith1

Hamilton, MT

#2 Aug 27, 2008
from Jena wrote:
You know. Bell probably doesn't even know what the word racist means. Whatever. Jena is definitely a lot safer now that Bell is out of it. You know.
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If town wan't racist before bell, it is now for sure.

“live free or die.”

Since: Aug 08

call ice.

#3 Aug 27, 2008
Six black on one white no BIG deal,six white on one black HATE CRIME,laws to protect one & not the other fuel's racism,What ever happened to equal justice for all.
Teaches In Jena

Jena, LA

#4 Aug 28, 2008
This is a none issue. Hopefully the La High School Sports Association will deny his appeal for one more year of eligibility to play football, especially since he plead guilty. His is not a case of hardship, it's just a case of stupid. If you saw the interview, you had a hard time understanding what he was saying.

“Time flies like an arrow...”

Since: Mar 07

"fruit flies like a banana"

#5 Aug 28, 2008
Teaches In Jena wrote:
This is a none issue. Hopefully the La High School Sports Association will deny his appeal for one more year of eligibility to play football, especially since he plead guilty. His is not a case of hardship, it's just a case of stupid. If you saw the interview, you had a hard time understanding what he was saying.
Appeal was denied.

http://www.topix.com/state/la/2008/08/lhsaa-d...

“live free or die.”

Since: Aug 08

call ice.

#6 Aug 28, 2008
pragmatist wrote:
<quoted text>
Appeal was denied.
http://www.topix.com/state/la/2008/08/lhsaa-d...
GOOD.
JenaGuy

Pearl, MS

#7 Aug 30, 2008
All of the civil rights activists chose to raise Mychal Bell up as a beacon of the new civil rights movement. Instead of going to the source and investigating Jena's DA and his past prosecutions to see if he has prosecuted based on raise, they decided to chant "FREE THE JENA 6", a violent gang of individuals lead by Mychal Bell who violently kicked and stomped the unconscious body of a fellow student, while many high school students watched in horror. This is why the new civil rights movement has few friends, because it was not handled correctly.

Next time don't depend on thugs to inspire change in people.
Teaches In Jena

Sarepta, LA

#8 Aug 31, 2008
His father has been accused of assualt by his son's attorney. The father stated that his attorney sold out his son with the plea deal.
12 gauge

United States

#9 Aug 31, 2008
Now we know why he is what he is. Thug.
Somethingsnever change

Monroe, LA

#10 Dec 8, 2008
Stupid!!!(all of you)
Teaches In Jena

Monroe, LA

#11 Dec 12, 2008
Obviously, he never went Buckeye High School.
Monterey LA

Lafayette, LA

#12 Dec 13, 2008
I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN JENA, BUT I WAS IN JENA ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO AT THEIR WAL-MART WHERE BLACKS AND WHITES WERE TALKING, LAUGHING AND VISITING WITH ONE ANOTHER, THERE WAS AND ELDERLY BLACK LADY AT THE REGISTER IN FRONT OF ME BUYING GROCERYS AND A YOUNG WHITE MAN HELPED HER CARRY THEM TO HER CAR. I DIDN'T SEE ANY HATE OR RACISM WHILE I WAS THERE.

“La Grimasse!!”

Since: Mar 07

Ventress

#13 Dec 14, 2008
If I may paraphrase him in the article

you know, like, I mean, like, you know, uhhhh, like, uhhhh, you know, like, you know

nuff said
smith1

Houston, TX

#14 Dec 15, 2008
Bell is out of Jena. He is off the hook. He and his family made more money out of the little jenna show, than they ever made in their life. They accomplished what all of them wanted when they beat the white boy.
Now, why don't Bell go on to school and shut his mouth up. He does not and is not required to return to Jenna.
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Choudrant, LA

#15 Dec 16, 2008
Now his mama is in trouble with the law. Again.
on the island

Knoxville, TN

#16 Dec 16, 2008
Teaches In Jena wrote:
Obviously, he never went Buckeye High School.
..hmmmm, no "darkies" in Buckeye huh?
Teaches In Jena

Choudrant, LA

#17 Dec 17, 2008
No. We had an incident at Buckeye last week during a basketball game. The game ended when Buckeye's fans came out of the stands and onto the court after halftime. We forfeited the game because our players left the bench, but since they were warming up for the second half, where were they supposed to be?
on the island

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#19 Dec 17, 2008
.. but is buckeye still an all white school?.. they were back in the 80's..
Teaches In Jena

Monroe, LA

#20 Dec 18, 2008
Yes, it is. They had to play Booker T. Washington, an all black school, in the first round of the playoffs. Buckeye lost.
shocker

Tyler, TX

#21 Dec 29, 2008

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