Bell to CNN: Jena "a real racist town"

Bell to CNN: Jena "a real racist town"

There are 60 comments on the www.thetowntalk.com story from Aug 25, 2008, titled Bell to CNN: Jena "a real racist town". In it, www.thetowntalk.com reports that:

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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bugger

United States

#47 May 22, 2009
Ya'll don't like the SOUTH get the hell out !!!!
smith1

Spring, TX

#49 May 22, 2009
pragmatist wrote:
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Wow! In trouble again. What a surprise (not!).
In the comments from the related article is a note that Bell is hospitalized in Shreveport for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Any confirmation on that?
according to the "The Chatterbox" and the Shreveport times:After being arrested for stealing shirts a a pair of jeans, and found hiding under a vehicle by a security guard, the 18 year old turned a 22 ha ndgun on himself at 740 pm on Monday in Monroe, la.
smith1

Spring, TX

#50 May 22, 2009
realism101 wrote:
you guys are unbelievable.. the more you justify that he is a bad citizen.. the more you all are starting to look racist. Somethings will never change in the south. whatever!! so damn ignorant. just gets on my nerves to look at this bullshit continue on this website. this blows im outta here!! get a life
Ala. must not be south or you are calling yourself dam ignorant.This applies to the north too.
Teaches In Jena

Choudrant, LA

#53 May 23, 2009
Funny, I seem to recall seeing students of color in the hallways, at various athletic events, various academic achievement events and last night at graduation. So, how can JHS be called an all-white school?

Does racism exist in Jena? Sure it does, but we're no different than any other town - large and small, in America.
smith1

Spring, TX

#54 May 23, 2009
Keeping it Real wrote:
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I say Jena's a racist town. Just read some of these remarks. Take off the horseblinds and see the whole picture.
\Name me a town that isn't racisgt
real boys in the hood

Ville Platte, LA

#55 May 23, 2009
bring back slavery
Keeping it Real

United States

#56 May 23, 2009
smith1 wrote:
<quoted text>\Name me a town that isn't racisgt
I can't.
Keeping it Real

United States

#57 May 23, 2009
real boys in the hood wrote:
bring back slavery
How would you benefit?
Bell Smells

Eunice, LA

#58 May 23, 2009
smith1 wrote:
<quoted text>\Name me a town that isn't racisgt
Name me a black that is not racist!
Cajun Nation

Eunice, LA

#59 May 23, 2009
bugger wrote:
Ya'll don't like the SOUTH get the hell out !!!!
Amen brotha. Those who think Bell is Jesus made over should invite him into their homes for awhile. Bring his Mama and Daddy, too. They presently have assault and battery charges pending as well. I hope they beat the shit out of everyone they meet!!!
Keeping it Real

United States

#60 May 23, 2009
Bell Smells wrote:
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Name me a black that is not racist!
Me!
Keeping it Real

United States

#61 May 23, 2009
Cajun Nation wrote:
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Amen brotha. Those who think Bell is Jesus made over should invite him into their homes for awhile. Bring his Mama and Daddy, too. They presently have assault and battery charges pending as well. I hope they beat the shit out of everyone they meet!!!
Who said Bell was Jesus made over. SOME people feel that the penalty didn't dictate the crime.
By the way Cajun Nation...you sound like the type of guy that have had some charges on your ass before. I'm willing to bet that your police record isn't all clean. I hope they meet YOU, so they can honor your request. Who are you to judge one's mistakes?
bugger

United States

#62 May 23, 2009
Sure is funny that after it was over his LOVING MOTHER & FATHER that just Loved him to death took the money and left him on his ASS !!!!!!!! The only penalty most of you would have been happy with was for him to get away with it !! If it had been six whites and one black ya'll would have never shut up, and Keeping it real you can blow it out your ass you probly got more shit in the closet than anybody on here !!
smith1

Spring, TX

#63 May 25, 2009
bugger wrote:
Sure is funny that after it was over his LOVING MOTHER & FATHER that just Loved him to death took the money and left him on his ASS !!!!!!!! The only penalty most of you would have been happy with was for him to get away with it !! If it had been six whites and one black ya'll would have never shut up, and Keeping it real you can blow it out your ass you probly got more shit in the closet than anybody on here !!
Rev al and pal ruined his life. Left without al and pal, a good black educated lawyer could have the charges lowered, and he could have went on with his life,. but rev al and pal gathered up a pile of money, first for themselves, then for the young man and his parents. that was not enough, he tried to do a little stealing. that wasn't enough, he tried to shoot his self. So you might, along with the young mans help, say, rev al and pal pretty well ruined his life. Al and pal need to get a legit job and stop bilking the poor people out of money.and shut their loud mouths.
Simplicity

Eunice, LA

#64 May 26, 2009
smith1 wrote:
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Rev al and pal ruined his life. Left without al and pal, a good black educated lawyer could have the charges lowered, and he could have went on with his life,. but rev al and pal gathered up a pile of money, first for themselves, then for the young man and his parents. that was not enough, he tried to do a little stealing. that wasn't enough, he tried to shoot his self. So you might, along with the young mans help, say, rev al and pal pretty well ruined his life. Al and pal need to get a legit job and stop bilking the poor people out of money.and shut their loud mouths.
GOOD!!!
Cajun Nation

Eunice, LA

#65 May 26, 2009
Keeping it Real wrote:
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Who said Bell was Jesus made over. SOME people feel that the penalty didn't dictate the crime.
By the way Cajun Nation...you sound like the type of guy that have had some charges on your ass before. I'm willing to bet that your police record isn't all clean. I hope they meet YOU, so they can honor your request. Who are you to judge one's mistakes?
Kiss my big beautiful, gorgeous, awesome, jolie,
shiny white derierre!
Iamme

Coldwater, MI

#66 May 27, 2009
Isn't this same kid that got in trouble again by robbing a place not that long ago ?????
Does anyone see a pattern here with Bell, sounds to me he yell racist!!! enough this young man is a trouble maker and should be labeled as such. I see nothing stupid with the comment above and if the young man is out of Jena then it's better for that town. I am not shocked that he's in trouble again what is a easy way out YELL< Racist......This kid need to realize that because he is black is not why he's in trouble maybe it is because he's really doing the things he's accused of. If he's not guilty of the thing accused of then it's better for him he is out of that town.
Acadiana Nationalist

Eunice, LA

#67 May 27, 2009
Iamme wrote:
Isn't this same kid that got in trouble again by robbing a place not that long ago ?????
Does anyone see a pattern here with Bell, sounds to me he yell racist!!! enough this young man is a trouble maker and should be labeled as such. I see nothing stupid with the comment above and if the young man is out of Jena then it's better for that town. I am not shocked that he's in trouble again what is a easy way out YELL< Racist......This kid need to realize that because he is black is not why he's in trouble maybe it is because he's really doing the things he's accused of. If he's not guilty of the thing accused of then it's better for him he is out of that town.
Yes he was caught shoplifting and charged, and was so afraid, he tried to kill himself. Yes, again the blacks and whites of Jena are glad he is no longer there! Yes, again, nothing truthful about this whole mess was ever printed in the liberal media.
Acadiana Nationalist

Eunice, LA

#68 May 27, 2009
Keeping it Real wrote:
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Who said Bell was Jesus made over. SOME people feel that the penalty didn't dictate the crime.
By the way Cajun Nation...you sound like the type of guy that have had some charges on your ass before. I'm willing to bet that your police record isn't all clean. I hope they meet YOU, so they can honor your request. Who are you to judge one's mistakes?
Let's let six guys beat the shit out of you, stomp your head till you are out cold with their big old tennis shoes. You might see the picture a little differently!
Acadiana Nationalist

Eunice, LA

#69 May 27, 2009
Keeping it Real wrote:
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I say Jena's a racist town. Just read some of these remarks. Take off the horseblinds and see the whole picture.
Why don't you come here and see for yourself how racist Jena really is? I say you are a racist!
I say why does it take six blacks to beat up one white boy? Are they too afraid one cannot get the job done?

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