Thoughts On Jena and the Civil Rights Movement

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  1. blair says:

    According to CNN, teachers, adminsitrators and students at Jena High School say that students of both races congregated from time to time beneath the “white tree.” It was never offically or unofficially reserved for whites students. The Jena Times report that that the black student who asked permission to sit beneath the tree posed the question in jest and that the auditorium erupted in laughter.

    Following the Jena High School beating incidence, the Justice Department reopened its investigation into the noose-hanging incident and found no link to the assault on Justin Barker or other confrontations between black and white students. Donald Washington, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, told CNN that “A lot of things happened between the noose hanging and the fight occurring, and we have arrived at the conclusion that the fight itself had no connection.” He added that “We could not prove that, because the statements of the students themselves do not make any mention of nooses, of trees, of the ‘N’ word or any other word of racial hate.” Washington also told CNN that Bell had “several previous assault charges on his record. “ The CNN story is online at http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/09/19/jena.six.link/index.html?iref=newssearch

  2. humblelawstudent says:

    Another difference.

    The civil rights movement of the 60s demonstrated either for general principles (such as justice or equality) and had clean poster boys/girls.

    Today, they march to free individuals who beat unconscious other students, while having a history of prior assaults and other crimes.

  3. Historically Inaccurate Law Student says:

    The civil rights movement of the 60s demonstrated either for general principles (such as justice or equality) and had clean poster boys/girls.

    Well, Emmett Till did look at that white woman. So he wasn’t “clean” in the eyes of many at the time. Many thought he got what he deserved for looking at that white woman.

  4. humblelawstudent says:

    HILS,

    Thanks for illustrating my point.

  5. dsf says:

    “[Mychal Bell] beat his girlfriend so badly that her eye became dislocated from its socket.”

    This is why Bell’s bond was denied.

    http://robertlindsay.blogspot.com/2007/09/on-jena-six.html