The reason it has taken so long for me to post anything here regarding the "Jena Six", is because I don't know enough about it to write something that is coherent. It is not that I have been oblivious to it or don't care. With that said, at the very least I wanted to put it out there for those who weren't unaware of the unrest brewing in Jena, Louisiana months before hand.
The crux of the anger bubbling throughout African-American communities in the United States and possibly to a lesser degree in the minds of anyone in the world who cares about human rights - is that this case has demonstrated once again the hypocrisy of the US judicial system. If the "Jena Six" weren't black, the sentence from the all white jury of the time would not have been near as severe. The following audio recording from Davey D, DJ Chela, Hardknock Radio and Breakdown FM of the recent "Jena Six" rally (Jena, Louisiana) is proof of the anger and outrage felt by those in attendance.
Pic from CNN
In the latest development Mychal Bell's conviction was overturned after serving ten months behind bars on the grounds that he should have been tried as a juvenile, as reported by Miguel Bustillo in the following Los Angeles Times report (reprinted in The Sydney Morning Herald today).
Part of the motivation behind what you're reading on this blog was a post from Travis at:
Wake Your Daughter Up from the 22nd of Septemeber. Included was an email from the NAACP, part of which included a petition (linked above) urging Kathleen Blanco, Governor of the State of Louisiana and Mr.Charles C. Foti, Jr., Louisiana Attorney General to do everything in their power to monitor the criminal cases against Mychal Bell, Bryan Purvis, Theo Shaw, Carwin Jones, Robert Bailey Jr., and John Doe.