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The Dirty South Airs its Dirty Laundry - Jena 6 Reveals a Long History of Oppression

There are 53 comments on the The Westside Gazette story from Aug 18, 2007, titled The Dirty South Airs its Dirty Laundry - Jena 6 Reveals a Long History of Oppression. In it, The Westside Gazette reports that:

Hundreds of people gathered in a little central Louisiana town on last Tuesday to protest the conviction of 16-year-old football star, Mychal Bell, a Black student, and the indictments of five other Black youth ... via The Westside Gazette

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Centaur

Gilbert, SC

#1 Aug 19, 2007
Why are they protesting? The teen broke the law the charges were in accordance with Louisiana Penal law. What is the problem?/

What the youths did in September of 2006 was reprehensible,but it was addressed. No one was physically hurt in that incident.

Because the teens harbored a grudge the 6 of them decided to beat up on one boy. Even after he was unconscious they still stomped on him. If that isn't just cause for charges to be brought I don't know what is. They committed a crime and now they have to pay.

When a white truck driver was pulled from his car and beaten by black thugs the black community was in an uproar over the charges. News reporters flying in a helicopter had video of the occurence and the thug was found not guilty of attempt murder.
This is after he took a concrete block and smashed the man on his face. Massive brain damage and irreparable damage was done. This coward of a black person had smashed the man even though he was unconscious. The black community said they would riot if he was found guilty. He was aquitted. We see the same mentality in this incident. Six thugs beat up on one youth and the black community is up in arms that they are charged. Sounds like the black community want to have continual open season on whites.
Free

Alpharetta, GA

#2 Aug 19, 2007
Because the punishment is not equal, that is why I am protesting. You conviently keep leaving out that White THUGS beat up a black kid and the boy who was beaten was mocking them about this black kid getting his ass whipped and what did JENA do about it, but I am sure you think that is ok because they are white. What case are you talking about?. GIve me a state and a name cause I never heard about the case you are speaking about above. Why was this black guy aquitted and under what circumstances, if it is as cut and dry as you say he should have gotten life in prison and would have deserved every day of that sentence. I would like to read up on that because it was never on the news here, and you say there was all this protesting and uproar. Was the jury all black, it does not make since that someone would get aquitted if it was all on tape. I am seriously curious about that particular case.
Free

Alpharetta, GA

#3 Aug 19, 2007
Was the case you talk about after the Rodney King beating, when a Black man was brutally beaten and hospitalized and the perpurtrators went free. Didn't this beating happen during the riots. If it is then, why are you not also in a uproar over the case of Rodney King yet you bring up only the case of injustice to this white man. I looked it up and this is that case. The beatings were both wrong, wrong, wrong, but it appears that you think it was fine that the white men that beat Rodney within inches of his life got off. Yet you do not hesitate to get in a uproar over this guy getting off over beating the white Guy Reginald Denny. The usual double standard we can beat you but you better not beat a white person. Both cases were an utter disgrace on all of America and neither of these men deserved to be beaten the way they were. Justice did not prevail in either of these cases because all that dished out beatings should have gotten severe jail sentences, not just the black ones.
Centaur

Gilbert, SC

#4 Aug 20, 2007
Free wrote:
Was the case you talk about after the Rodney King beating, when a Black man was brutally beaten and hospitalized and the perpurtrators went free. Didn't this beating happen during the riots. If it is then, why are you not also in a uproar over the case of Rodney King yet you bring up only the case of injustice to this white man. I looked it up and this is that case. The beatings were both wrong, wrong, wrong, but it appears that you think it was fine that the white men that beat Rodney within inches of his life got off. Yet you do not hesitate to get in a uproar over this guy getting off over beating the white Guy Reginald Denny. The usual double standard we can beat you but you better not beat a white person. Both cases were an utter disgrace on all of America and neither of these men deserved to be beaten the way they were. Justice did not prevail in either of these cases because all that dished out beatings should have gotten severe jail sentences, not just the black ones.
No sir/maam. The case I am talking of happened during a riot situation I believe in Los Angeles. The truck driver was pulled from his truck an beaten so severely he will never be the same. When he was laying there unconscious the coward threw a concrete block on the driver's head. It was taped by a news crew flying above the scene in a helocopter.

You remember Rodney King because it was an injustice done to a black person. Curious you don't remember this case because it happened to a white person. The cowardly black thug got away with it even though there was clear pictures of him committing the crime. Curiously the jury was all black. If it is not good for one race it is not good for another.
Centaur

Gilbert, SC

#5 Aug 20, 2007
This is to free.

My original comment when I reveiwed it may be mistaken as a curt remark. Let me say I do not know all the circumstances of the case. I heard that black people were protesting the teen being found guilty.

I was and to a degree still am perplexed by the uproar over this. Thus my original statement"Why are they protesting"? It was meant to receive feedback so that I could understand the case better. YOu did give me some info that I was unaware of. For that I thank you.
mchat

Charlotte, NC

#6 Aug 20, 2007
ITS NOT ABOUT WHO'S RIGHT OR WHO'S WRONG,IT'S NOT ABOUT WHITE OR BLACK,IT'S ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS. ITS TIME FOR GODS PEOPLE TO STAND UP!
Darock

New Orleans, LA

#7 Aug 20, 2007
Centaur wrote:
Why are they protesting? The teen broke the law the charges were in accordance with Louisiana Penal law. What is the problem?/
What the youths did in September of 2006 was reprehensible,but it was addressed. No one was physically hurt in that incident.
Because the teens harbored a grudge the 6 of them decided to beat up on one boy. Even after he was unconscious they still stomped on him. If that isn't just cause for charges to be brought I don't know what is. They committed a crime and now they have to pay.
When a white truck driver was pulled from his car and beaten by black thugs the black community was in an uproar over the charges. News reporters flying in a helicopter had video of the occurence and the thug was found not guilty of attempt murder.
This is after he took a concrete block and smashed the man on his face. Massive brain damage and irreparable damage was done. This coward of a black person had smashed the man even though he was unconscious. The black community said they would riot if he was found guilty. He was aquitted. We see the same mentality in this incident. Six thugs beat up on one youth and the black community is up in arms that they are charged. Sounds like the black community want to have continual open season on whites.
typical hick talk from a bottom of the barrel South Carolina redneck.
You disgust me with your blatant stupidity. You fail to see things from all sides. i guess you would since you and your degenerate family gets by based off the misery of others.
younglady

United States

#8 Aug 20, 2007
i recently heard of this story and i'm really shocked that it hasn't made national news. it's really sad how in today's society we still look at one another in this way! it shouldn't be about black and white anymore. i do understand the anger in the black community because we feel the justice system is not fair at all. mychal wasn't even seen on a jury of his peers. one of the witnesses even had a blood relative in the jury. the whole jury was white. by no means is that a fair jury. you can't expect for this trial to be fair at all. i'm really disgusted by some of the comments made towards the black youth in this story. you can't call someone a thug he/she defends himself. i really do hope that someday people will open their eyes and ears to know what's really going on!
Denise

Warner Robins, GA

#9 Aug 21, 2007
Centaur wrote:
This is to free.
My original comment when I reveiwed it may be mistaken as a curt remark. Let me say I do not know all the circumstances of the case. I heard that black people were protesting the teen being found guilty.
I was and to a degree still am perplexed by the uproar over this. Thus my original statement"Why are they protesting"? It was meant to receive feedback so that I could understand the case better. YOu did give me some info that I was unaware of. For that I thank you.
The problem is that the punishment does not fit the crime. If the young black men are facing 22 years of their life in prison for a school yard fight, then the young white men should face the same punishment. The young white men were suspended for 3 days. This was a school yard fight and it shouldn't have even be in court. The case you are speaking of is Reginald Denny. He was the truck driver that was pulled out of his 18 wheeler truck and nearly killed after being attacked by some South Central LA thugs after the Rodney King verdict. Reginald was rescued by Bobby Green, a black man who saw what was happening to Reginald and went to his aid along with another black man and 2 black women, ultimatly saving his life. "WE" protest because "WE" are sick of the injustice that has follwed "US" for centuries, "WE" protest because if "WE" don't, more than likely, no one else will. That's why "THEY" are protesting. People are in an uproar because the DA is being very unfair and racist in this case.
Jo Sias

Hyattsville, MD

#10 Aug 21, 2007
To Monetta SC - you speak of a case that is maybe one of few. I use to get angry at people like you because you had no racial sensitivty. But along the way God stopped me and said they aren't sensitive to the issue because they never had to deal with the issue. So let me educate you by asking a few simple questions: Do you have to teach your son how to respond to a policeman because your son is black? Do you worry when your son is out at night because you know that anything is possible in this world where you were taught to be free but live everyday with imaginative liberty? How many black men have been exonerated after spending years in jail from somethng they did not do? Does your boss look at your son at 6'2, 210 pounds, nicely shaven, dressed in a suit wearing dreadlocks; someone who greets him by sir, shakes his hand only to be told later that my son's appearance was imposing?(My own experience.) My boss is 6'6 256 pounds and looks down on my son. Have you ever had your son call you and tell you that he was stopped by the police and was spread eagled on the ground for two hours, only to find that they didn't find anything?(My son was a second year student at Morgan State University when this incident happened.) How may innocent black men did Bush kill as governor of Texas before he went on to kill many others in this senseless war? Was your son falsely accused of a crime that he did not commit? Did Edward Kennedy serve any time when he killed an innocent young woman while on a drinking spree? Was it right for all of your ancestors to separate black families, the owners to rape the women and the men to serve as breeders? Yep but you're the same people whose talking about the welfare system. How do you think so many young black women got on the system? Years of brain washing of black men that said we'll take care of your families while you go out and make more babies. That worked well then but now you're complaining. What happened to the black man who told of the watergate break in? He died poor and homeless for doing the right thing reporting a crime - oh but let me not forget, he committed a crime for the sin of turning in white people. And by the way do you associate socially with any black people? Before you get incensed at us step out of your white circle and tell me how would you cope with these various situations.
Sheree of Virginia

AOL

#11 Aug 21, 2007
I think it is ridiculous to even comment on a subject without getting all of the particulars. Unless you are asking questions. Fact is the punishment does not fit the crime and if indeed it does then why aren't the white boys facing the same?? It is considered a hate crime (Federal Law) to intimidate or to hinder by verbal physical or symbols to a group whether it be a certain group in regard to sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion You cant yell out fire in a public place! etc.. White boys had nooses hanging from a tree that black boys had to ask if they could sit under the day before. Everyone knows what noose hanging is indicative of especially in the South. A shoe is being called a lethal weapon? How much longer do we sit by as a people and be insulted and assaulted? Where are the so-called black folks that are supposed to be looking out for our interest? Why aren't they making a big stink about this and making the five, six and eleven o'clock news? It is time we stop looking for someone to lead us and lead ourselves. Unless there is some money involved I rarely see anyone raising their voices. In the words of my mentor DR. Julia Hare National Executor of The Black Think Tank "There is a difference between black leaders and leading blacks a lot of people are getting paid while we are getting played"
Brobro

Raleigh, NC

#12 Aug 22, 2007
Centaur wrote:
Why are they protesting? The teen broke the law the charges were in accordance with Louisiana Penal law. What is the problem?/
What the youths did in September of 2006 was reprehensible,but it was addressed. No one was physically hurt in that incident.
Because the teens harbored a grudge the 6 of them decided to beat up on one boy. Even after he was unconscious they still stomped on him. If that isn't just cause for charges to be brought I don't know what is. They committed a crime and now they have to pay.
When a white truck driver was pulled from his car and beaten by black thugs the black community was in an uproar over the charges. News reporters flying in a helicopter had video of the occurence and the thug was found not guilty of attempt murder.
This is after he took a concrete block and smashed the man on his face. Massive brain damage and irreparable damage was done. This coward of a black person had smashed the man even though he was unconscious. The black community said they would riot if he was found guilty. He was aquitted. We see the same mentality in this incident. Six thugs beat up on one youth and the black community is up in arms that they are charged. Sounds like the black community want to have continual open season on whites.
Is that what this is about...White and Black. I thought it was about right and wrong. Also the student that got beat up couldn't have been hurt to bad because he went to school the next day. This should have been handled on school grounds. All the kids should have be suspended or expelled and called it a day.
Also you forgot about what started the whole issue of Reginald Denny being pulled from his car. It all started because of 5 white cops who beat 1 black man and they got off too. Also don't forget what also led up to the riots. A 13 year old black female being shot in the back by a Korean after buying orange juice. That little girl died and the Korean lady got off with probation. So, let's stop talking about colors and start doing what is right. If your child was in a fight at school and he beat up the other student would you want him to go to jail. Also, both sides were wrong why isn't it that the other kid wasn't brought up on charges for fighting? That isn't right. The student that so called got beat up started the whole situation anyway. He should have been brought up on the same charges. The law can't pick and choose who it is going to charge based on who won or lost the fight that's not right. I would hope you wouldn't think that destroying the future of all these students is justice because believe it or not at some point if this decision is upheld it could affect you.
sweetman

Orlando, FL

#13 Aug 22, 2007
I believe you are refering to the Rodney King incident of April 29, 1992 when l.a.police officers was acquitted for use of force.
Centaur wrote:
Why are they protesting? The teen broke the law the charges were in accordance with Louisiana Penal law. What is the problem?/
What the youths did in September of 2006 was reprehensible,but it was addressed. No one was physically hurt in that incident.
Because the teens harbored a grudge the 6 of them decided to beat up on one boy. Even after he was unconscious they still stomped on him. If that isn't just cause for charges to be brought I don't know what is. They committed a crime and now they have to pay.
When a white truck driver was pulled from his car and beaten by black thugs the black community was in an uproar over the charges. News reporters flying in a helicopter had video of the occurence and the thug was found not guilty of attempt murder.
This is after he took a concrete block and smashed the man on his face. Massive brain damage and irreparable damage was done. This coward of a black person had smashed the man even though he was unconscious. The black community said they would riot if he was found guilty. He was aquitted. We see the same mentality in this incident. Six thugs beat up on one youth and the black community is up in arms that they are charged. Sounds like the black community want to have continual open season on whites.
Loretta

Prospect, CT

#14 Aug 22, 2007
Centaur wrote:
Why are they protesting? The teen broke the law the charges were in accordance with Louisiana Penal law. What is the problem?/
What the youths did in September of 2006 was reprehensible,but it was addressed. No one was physically hurt in that incident.
Because the teens harbored a grudge the 6 of them decided to beat up on one boy. Even after he was unconscious they still stomped on him. If that isn't just cause for charges to be brought I don't know what is. They committed a crime and now they have to pay.
When a white truck driver was pulled from his car and beaten by black thugs the black community was in an uproar over the charges. News reporters flying in a helicopter had video of the occurence and the thug was found not guilty of attempt murder.
This is after he took a concrete block and smashed the man on his face. Massive brain damage and irreparable damage was done. This coward of a black person had smashed the man even though he was unconscious. The black community said they would riot if he was found guilty. He was aquitted. We see the same mentality in this incident. Six thugs beat up on one youth and the black community is up in arms that they are charged. Sounds like the black community want to have continual open season on whites.
If this is justice than what about the white man with the shotgun. Did he get attemped murder charges levied against him. It looks like different strokes for different folks.-
Free

Alpharetta, GA

#15 Aug 22, 2007
Centaur wrote:
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No sir/maam. The case I am talking of happened during a riot situation I believe in Los Angeles. The truck driver was pulled from his truck an beaten so severely he will never be the same. When he was laying there unconscious the coward threw a concrete block on the driver's head. It was taped by a news crew flying above the scene in a helocopter.
You remember Rodney King because it was an injustice done to a black person. Curious you don't remember this case because it happened to a white person. The cowardly black thug got away with it even though there was clear pictures of him committing the crime. Curiously the jury was all black. If it is not good for one race it is not good for another.
Reread my post the case you are speaking of did happen after the courts found the white officers that beat Rodney King not guilty, and although it took me a few moments to recall the incident that you were speaking of with the white guy Reginald Denny, I did remeber. I just wanted to make sure I ahd my facts straight and if you read my post again you will see that I felt bot cases were wrong.
BRE

Fort Worth, TX

#16 Aug 23, 2007
In the first trail one of the boys were found guilty by an all white jury and could serve up to 23 years in jail
Free

Alpharetta, GA

#17 Aug 23, 2007
For those who have not heard, Micheal Baison will be doing a live broadcast from Jena on Sept 20 at 8:00. There will be a protest at the court house and many celebrities as well as people from all over the country will be there, if you check out the forum on his website there is more information on how to get to Jena. for those who can not go to Jena check forums in your local area as there has been a call for each state to hold a protest simultaneously.
Dee

Atlanta, GA

#18 Aug 24, 2007
Thank you this is a great comment. Research was done and facts were given. It is time "WE" all start researching before accusing. I am a black female and for a good part of my life I was raised in Germany, never experiencing any prejudice, we all got along. Only when I come to the states did I see things are different and it is sad becasue over time we should have all evolved and grew as a society. Again Denise, thanks for clearing up things.
Denise wrote:
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The problem is that the punishment does not fit the crime. If the young black men are facing 22 years of their life in prison for a school yard fight, then the young white men should face the same punishment. The young white men were suspended for 3 days. This was a school yard fight and it shouldn't have even be in court. The case you are speaking of is Reginald Denny. He was the truck driver that was pulled out of his 18 wheeler truck and nearly killed after being attacked by some South Central LA thugs after the Rodney King verdict. Reginald was rescued by Bobby Green, a black man who saw what was happening to Reginald and went to his aid along with another black man and 2 black women, ultimatly saving his life. "WE" protest because "WE" are sick of the injustice that has follwed "US" for centuries, "WE" protest because if "WE" don't, more than likely, no one else will. That's why "THEY" are protesting. People are in an uproar because the DA is being very unfair and racist in this case.

Since: Aug 07

Orlando, FL

#19 Aug 24, 2007
Dee wrote:
Thank you this is a great comment. Research was done and facts were given. It is time "WE" all start researching before accusing. I am a black female and for a good part of my life I was raised in Germany, never experiencing any prejudice, we all got along. Only when I come to the states did I see things are different and it is sad becasue over time we should have all evolved and grew as a society. Again Denise, thanks for clearing up things.
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Yes I agee, but, we must remember the law is written clearly. It's how the charges was applied. I am black man, with a college degree.I just cannot believe that they allowed this to go as far as it did. The juvenile system has failed once again and no matter how loud you yell, yelling will not fix it.
As folks with must pay very close attention to law that are being put into place that will not turn against us.We pay close attention the the state legistive when it comes to them voting and passing these laws.Yes, the law was misapplied only for the use of one person gain. The district attorney use it
for his on personal gain. Yes, he is an opportuneness.
When it araised, he taken the advantage. A deadly weapon, sometimes dangerous weapon, is a statutory definintion listing certain "items" which can inflict mortal or great bodily harm. In addition, deadly weapon statutes often contain "catch all" provsisions which describes abilities used to designate other implements as deadly weapon. Whether an item can actually inflict such harm often does not affect the designation. A deadly weapon is usually defined as a firearm or object designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious phyical injury.
Yes there was a fight, yes they use there hand and feet. They may have been kicking and punching.
Now you cannot tell me that a pair of "tennis shoes" was made or designed as a deadly weapon. This is the arguement Bell's attorney should have put before the judge. In the state of north carolina the state supremem court justice ruled in the case of "n.c. v richardson" that hand and feeting are not a deadly weapon.This same issue has gone before the high court in the land "the supreme court" and there has been different opinion on this issue. We as black people have got to start paying closer attention to issue that will affect us when laws are put into place.
bday4life

United States

#20 Aug 24, 2007
He is speaking of the aftermath with Rodney King and by the way the person who did that was sent to jail and if he remembers the reason all of that started was because the officers who beat Rodney King were aquitted and that was also on tape.
Free wrote:
Because the punishment is not equal, that is why I am protesting. You conviently keep leaving out that White THUGS beat up a black kid and the boy who was beaten was mocking them about this black kid getting his ass whipped and what did JENA do about it, but I am sure you think that is ok because they are white. What case are you talking about?. GIve me a state and a name cause I never heard about the case you are speaking about above. Why was this black guy aquitted and under what circumstances, if it is as cut and dry as you say he should have gotten life in prison and would have deserved every day of that sentence. I would like to read up on that because it was never on the news here, and you say there was all this protesting and uproar. Was the jury all black, it does not make since that someone would get aquitted if it was all on tape. I am seriously curious about that particular case.

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