Apart From the Noose, This is an Ever...

Apart From the Noose, This is an Everyday Story of Modern America

There are 13 comments on the Buzzle.com story from Sep 16, 2007, titled Apart From the Noose, This is an Everyday Story of Modern America. In it, Buzzle.com reports that:

“If the media wasn't watching what was going on then every last one of those kids would be in jail right now”

Gary Younge: The racial tensions which flared in a small southern town have laid bare the bias infecting the nation's justice system. via Buzzle.com

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Nicholas Austin

Korea

#1 Sep 17, 2007
Stories like this make me happy I got my Wife and 2 Sons away from Louisiana, Im by no means a hippy, but I feel really bad for all the kids involved, theres obviously some things that will NEVER change, and it starts with the parents not setting a good example...thats all the way across the board, theres no black or white parent thats right in this situation, and that makes your teenagers suffer more. I know if one of my kids pulled a gun on somebody, or had to use 4-5 of his little buddies to help him win a fight, I would be the one on trial, but thats just me, and my opinion, oh and of course how I would handle my kids...but, I know im only one Dad in 100,000 when it comes to pride in matters like that, so thats why I left...I dont hate anyone, but I sure feel bad for all your kids...
Mae Thompson

Nashville, TN

#2 Sep 17, 2007
Of course Nicholas Austin you apparently are not Black and you claim you feel bad for our kids but you nor your kids will probably never face the injustice that Blacks have faced and what those kids have gone through. You have the right to voice your opinion but for a day put yourself in the position of Blacks that has been been done an injustice. So my dear, don't feel bad or sorry for us, you may think you are a better parent but when it comes to justice there is none it is Just Us.
LSURN

Wentzville, MO

#3 Sep 17, 2007
Mae Thompson wrote:
Of course Nicholas Austin you apparently are not Black and you claim you feel bad for our kids but you nor your kids will probably never face the injustice that Blacks have faced and what those kids have gone through. You have the right to voice your opinion but for a day put yourself in the position of Blacks that has been been done an injustice. So my dear, don't feel bad or sorry for us, you may think you are a better parent but when it comes to justice there is none it is Just Us.
Oh my goodness! ya see thats the kind of mentality that keeps us divided. Its ignorant and uncalled for! Nicholas is right all these kids need to be horsewhipped! They're all wrong in they're actions, none of this was justified! And im talking from the white boys that hung the nooses to the Jena six ALL OF THEM!
PClarke Baltimore MD

United States

#4 Sep 17, 2007
I am surprised at some of these postings. We all share repsonsibility in this situation and others like it becuase we are becoming so complacent. If we demanded more of our news media and our so called "role models" and ourselves, the world would know that this is not acceptable to us and would be less likely to think they can get away with it. Yes, both sets of youths were wrong in their response, but the overwhelming injustice here is the handling of the issues from the beginning by adults. We have to set examples if we are to lead younger people down the right path. Yes, fighting is not the correct response. Protesting and organizing and bringing attention to their plight would have been better. But I submit also that with the tensions and pressures of the situation having gone on for so long and adults not stepping up to let the youngsters know that none of this is acceptable (not an "all white" tree hang out or nooses or fist fighting or the legal systems handling)!! Who stepped up to lead them down a better road? And now where are they... and where does that leave all of us going forward??

BLT

Since: Apr 07

Holland, MI

#5 Sep 18, 2007
PClarke Baltimore MD wrote:
I am surprised at some of these postings. We all share repsonsibility in this situation and others like it becuase we are becoming so complacent. If we demanded more of our news media and our so called "role models" and ourselves, the world would know that this is not acceptable to us and would be less likely to think they can get away with it. Yes, both sets of youths were wrong in their response, but the overwhelming injustice here is the handling of the issues from the beginning by adults. We have to set examples if we are to lead younger people down the right path. Yes, fighting is not the correct response. Protesting and organizing and bringing attention to their plight would have been better. But I submit also that with the tensions and pressures of the situation having gone on for so long and adults not stepping up to let the youngsters know that none of this is acceptable (not an "all white" tree hang out or nooses or fist fighting or the legal systems handling)!! Who stepped up to lead them down a better road? And now where are they... and where does that leave all of us going forward??
This is an eroded sewer of a society.Tolerance of drugs,gangs,teen pregnancy,tolerance of immigrants allowed into the country from unfriendly nations and numerous other conditions have declined our standards as people and someday it will fall because of it.
TheGreatAmericaH uhlol

Houston, TX

#6 Sep 18, 2007
BLT wrote:
<quoted text>This is an eroded sewer of a society.Tolerance of drugs,gangs,teen pregnancy,tolerance of immigrants allowed into the country from unfriendly nations and numerous other conditions have declined our standards as people and someday it will fall because of it.
Leave you piece of garbage, get out this is not your land
Michael

Douglasville, GA

#7 Sep 18, 2007
Mae Thompson wrote:
Of course Nicholas Austin you apparently are not Black and you claim you feel bad for our kids but you nor your kids will probably never face the injustice that Blacks have faced and what those kids have gone through. You have the right to voice your opinion but for a day put yourself in the position of Blacks that has been been done an injustice. So my dear, don't feel bad or sorry for us, you may think you are a better parent but when it comes to justice there is none it is Just Us.
Mae,

Nicholas was stating that ALL kids involved should be punished and I agree. The problem with this Jena case is that the law dealt with one side and not the other.

BLT

Since: Apr 07

Holland, MI

#8 Sep 18, 2007
TheGreatAmericaHuhlol wrote:
<quoted text>
Leave you piece of garbage, get out this is not your land
Typical comment of a moron.Easy to see that what I say is true because of low life like you
tlc

United States

#9 Sep 18, 2007
they almost elected DAVID DUKE in this state -need i say anymore, why is everyone so shocked and awed???

BLT

Since: Apr 07

Holland, MI

#10 Sep 18, 2007
tlc wrote:
they almost elected DAVID DUKE in this state -need i say anymore, why is everyone so shocked and awed???
Not shocked, but the keyword is almost.Duke lost so I guess overall rational people won that one.
George

Myrtle Beach, SC

#11 Sep 18, 2007
Mae Thompson wrote:
Of course Nicholas Austin you apparently are not Black and you claim you feel bad for our kids but you nor your kids will probably never face the injustice that Blacks have faced and what those kids have gone through. You have the right to voice your opinion but for a day put yourself in the position of Blacks that has been been done an injustice. So my dear, don't feel bad or sorry for us, you may think you are a better parent but when it comes to justice there is none it is Just Us.
Mae, I suggest you go back and read Mr. Austins post. He claims inadequacies in parenting ACROSS THE BOARD. This means the parents of all involved.

As for your poor black people experience, it isn't working any more. There are no changes big enough to right what wrongs have happened in the past. The only hope we have is in out future. It is not often I use scripture to make my points but I have to ask you.... Since you were a little girl haven't you uttered the words, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespassed against us"? Are those words familiar to you? Do you know what they mean?

Any hope we have is in the future. Any hope we have means letting go of the past. When do we find a starting place where this happens?

The Christians recite it all the time. If you have ever been to an AA meeting, the whole concept starts with that ideal, once you have admitted the problem exists.

Are we, as a society addicted to racism?

Maybe only 12 steps stand between us all.
Mike

Canton, OH

#12 Sep 19, 2007
They cry cry cry about injustice.........hell, it was there own people that rounded them up and sent them over........And, us white people just went along with it.......Hell, we bred them to what they are today because we only wanted the best to work the fields not the wimpy sickly ones......But, yet they still feel like we owe them more even after all we have done to repay them for the past........

BLT

Since: Apr 07

Holland, MI

#13 Sep 19, 2007
George wrote:
<quoted text>
Mae, I suggest you go back and read Mr. Austins post. He claims inadequacies in parenting ACROSS THE BOARD. This means the parents of all involved.
As for your poor black people experience, it isn't working any more. There are no changes big enough to right what wrongs have happened in the past. The only hope we have is in out future. It is not often I use scripture to make my points but I have to ask you.... Since you were a little girl haven't you uttered the words, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespassed against us"? Are those words familiar to you? Do you know what they mean?
Any hope we have is in the future. Any hope we have means letting go of the past. When do we find a starting place where this happens?
The Christians recite it all the time. If you have ever been to an AA meeting, the whole concept starts with that ideal, once you have admitted the problem exists.
Are we, as a society addicted to racism?
Maybe only 12 steps stand between us all.
We are a society conditioned to things beyond our control.We only react to what is orchestrated for us.We think we are free and think for ourselves.Think again people,you will see.

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