Friday, September 21, 2007

A "Jena 6" must read

There was no “schoolyard fight” as a result of nooses being hung on a whites-only tree.

Justin Barker, the white victim, was cold-cocked from behind, knocked unconscious and stomped by six black athletes. Barker, luckily, sustained no life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital three hours after the attack.

A black U.S. attorney, Don Washington, investigated the “Jena Six” case and concluded that the attack on Barker had absolutely nothing to do with the noose-hanging incident three months before. The nooses and two off-campus incidents were tied to Barker’s assault by people wanting to gain sympathy for the “Jena Six” in reaction to Walters’ extreme charges of attempted murder.

Much has been written about Bell’s trial, the six-person all-white jury that convicted him of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and the clueless public defender who called no witnesses and offered no defense. It is rarely mentioned that no black people responded to the jury summonses and that Bell’s public defender was black.

It’s almost never mentioned that Bell’s absentee father returned from Dallas and re-entered his son’s life only after Bell faced attempted-murder charges. At a bond hearing in August, Bell’s father and a parade of local ministers promised a judge that they would supervise Bell if he was released from prison.

Be sure to click the post title and read Whitlock's entire column, it's fascinating what our "news" services choose to leave out of a story.

thank you, thank you for sharing this article. I have been trying to tell people all along that there was a TON more to it that we weren't getting. Not that Sharpton or Jackson would care. Anything they can do to make themselves look self righteous.

You're welcome! Not to excuse the kids that hung the noose in the tree, but I was pretty suspicious when the timing seemed so far between events. Jason Whitlock has always been a straight shooter so until I hear more I'm going to lean toward believing his account.
I skimmed the ajc and I saw it had a link on their homepage "Wooten on Jena".

The comments there were disgusting. You have these nutbags calling for wooten's firing when he barely mentioned anything about it?

You knock a man out and continue to twist and shout on his head, your "tennis shoe" can become a deadly weapon. Not to mention one of the young gentleman twisting and shouting had already been charged several times with assault.
It was only until I really got to digging that I found out the beating incident took place three months after the nooses were hung in the tree.

It's unforgivable that Jesse and Al would, in their own self interest, invade the lives of ALL the students in that high school.

I hope this political circus hasn't destroyed the close bonds that those kids shared with each other, black and white alike.

So Bell's dad was eager to pose with Al and Jesse in front of the T.V. cameras, but wasn't eager to raise his son.

What a shame.
I posted this over at Wooten's today.

I can't say that it is factual but it reveals the heart of the kids at JHS.
jesse jackson.... isn't he like 137 yrs old? when will he be allowed to past-on to the next level?

It’s rarely mentioned that Bell was already on probation for assault when he was accused of participating in Barker’s attack. And it’s never mentioned that white people in the “racist” town of Jena provided Bell support and protected his football career long before Jesse, Al, Bell’s father and all the others took a sincere interest in Mychal Bell.
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