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Posted: 9/13/2007 1:54:00 AM

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RE: Jena 6 #Help Stop Racism#
I just learned about a case of segregation-era oppression happening today in Jena, Louisiana. I signed onto ColorOfChange.org's campaign for justice in Jena, and wanted to invite you to do the same.

http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/?id=1895-181311

Last fall in Jena, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the "white tree" on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a "prank," more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town's police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, "I can be your best friend or your worst enemy... I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."

A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

It's a story that reads like one from the Jim Crow era, when judges, lawyers and all-white juries used the justice system to keep blacks in "their place." But it's happening today. The families of these young men are fighting back, but the story has gotten minimal press. Together, we can make sure their story is told and that the Governor of Louisiana intervenes and provides justice for the Jena 6. It starts now. Please join me:

http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/?id=1895-181311

The noose-hanging incident and the DA's visit to the school set the stage for everything that followed. Racial tension escalated over the next couple of months, and on November 30, the main academic building of Jena High School was burned down in an unsolved fire. Later the same weekend, a black student was beaten up by white students at a party. The next day, black students at a convenience store were threatened by a young white man with a shotgun. They wrestled the gun from him and ran away. While no charges were filed against the white man, the students were later arrested for the theft of the gun.

That Monday at school, a white student, who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses, taunted the black student who was beaten up at the off-campus party and allegedly called several black students "nigger." After lunch, he was knocked down, punched and kicked by black students. He was taken to the hospital, but was released and was well enough to go to a social event that evening.

Six Black Jena High students, Robert Bailey (17), Theo Shaw (17), Carwin Jones (1Cool, Bryant Purvis (17), Mychal Bell (16) and an unidentified minor, were expelled from school, arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder. The first trial ended last month, and Mychal Bell, who has been in prison since December, was convicted of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery (both felonies) by an all-white jury in a trial where his public defender called no witnesses. During his trial, Mychal's parents were ordered not to speak to the media and the court prohibited protests from taking place near the courtroom or where the judge could see them.

Mychal is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31st, and could go to jail for 22 years. Theo Shaw's trial is next. He will finally make bail this week.

The Jena Six are lucky to have parents and loved ones who are fighting tooth and nail to free them. They have been threatened but they are standing strong. We know that if the families have to go it alone, their sons will be a long time coming home. But if we act now, we can make a difference.

Join me in demanding that Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco get involved to make sure that justice is served for Mychal Bell, and that DA Reed Walters drop the charges against the 5 boys who have not yet gone to trial.

http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/?id=1895-181311

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Posted: 9/13/2007 1:56:00 AM

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RE: Jena 6
If you can, join the crusade because it's ridiculous for high school kids to go to jail for 22 years over something as simple as high school fights. How much should a black man suffer before redemption?

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Posted: 9/13/2007 5:52:00 AM

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RE: Jena 6
i for like to join o...but the place dey too far for me...i can join on line if its ok.

meanwhile we want people to come join our own crusade for nigerdelta...its called naje7...the blacks there are making the region a living h*ll for the white folks insted of them going to face their leaders who are the actuall cause of their suffering. the white community are there to help in developmental projetcs geared towards better living conditions but as it stands today they are relocting to "safe haven" in the already developed south west region.

pls log on to www.naje7_xhuckkx.com. Smiley

obi
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Posted: 9/13/2007 2:02:00 PM

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RE: Jena 6
@x, i cant open that your website,, check it for errors please.

akpeno
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Posted: 9/14/2007 11:42:00 AM

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RE: Jena 6
I'm sorry to be a wet blanket here, but .....

Racism will never stop!

Until we black people learn to treat each other with respect and dignity, no one else will treat us with respect and dignity.

We treat our "Light skinned" people better than we treat our “dark skinned” people.
Most of our men prefer light women to darker women... some of our men prefer WHITE women to their own kind.

Blacks in America refer to each other as "NIGGER"
There are Baby Mamas and Daddies all over the place and the children are growing up in homes where there are no Fathers or Mothers. The society is poisoned with Poverty and lack of education.

Until we Blacks start treating ourselves better. No one else will.

So let’s clean up our homes first before tackling the whites... we can learn a lot from the Hispanics.

My 2 cents.

Dat na my 2 cents.

lavinchy
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Posted: 9/14/2007 11:53:00 AM

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RE: Jena 6
Gbam!! Akpeno don tuk am, and i couldn't agree more, altho i'm a light skinned sista with blue eyes Big Smile , but u talk am finish!!!

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Posted: 9/14/2007 1:09:00 PM

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RE: Jena 6
These boys are 16 and 17 yrs old and i think its ridiculous to send them away for 22 years each for fighting irrespective of what we black people do to each other.

akpeno
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Posted: 9/14/2007 1:38:00 PM

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RE: Jena 6
It's a shame what these boys are going through, and I sincerely hope they do not go to jail for 22 years because of a fight in high school.

But, these boys are products of the black community in America and we need focus on the black communities and try to clean it up.

The white man does not care what happens to us. We are the only ones who SHOULD care what's going on in our community. And perhaps what's happening to these boys will help us realize that we need to take care of homes and communities and stop this ugly cycle of our young men and women being excessively punished for trivial crimes.

Right now Blacks are viewed as threats to the community because of their roots. Until we clean up our "Roots" these incidences of unfair punishments will continue. Until we can show the country that our homes are in order we will ALWAYS be unfairly Judged.

lavinchy
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Posted: 9/14/2007 2:19:00 PM

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RE: Jena 6
30..i feel ur pain..trust me. I really do; but black folks need to know the kinda society there r in. We know that the chances of being treated fairly in a community racism exists r sometimes slim, and yet we continue to place ourselves in situations,where we become recipients of unfair treatment. U see all this bullshyt about white and black being one gets to me, cos then it gives the black community an ideal perspective on life. Black folks has come a long way, and we should realize that and try to avoid some certain situations, i know it's hard, but those boys should have ignored the white boy that was taunting them. Look at what's happening to them now, did they get a fair judgement? h*ll no!! We have to know that regardless of what we think, or the whole sweet words like black and white having the same colour of blood is some crock of crap. There would always be ignorant people that still sees the black man as nothing and continues dishing out unfair treatment to them. Now funny thing is, we black people give room for this syt to go on. The world is looking for any slightest chance for a black man to fck up, since we know this is the case y can't we be smart enuff to avoid certain things. Like akpeno pointed out, we r our own worst enemies, men disrespect our women by using the words ashawos, hos and bitches!! Black people advocate for the word Nigger,( and we get all mad when another race uses the word?, we get all mad when the white man sees us as being dumb) black on black crime goes on everday, infact the whole community is becoming a mess. We have lost our own values, disrespecting all the "voices" our civil leaders spoke for us. We need to start gettting our shyt together and strt taking responsibility for stuff. Typical example is the whole Michael Vicks things. NFL player involved in dog fighthing and gambling; knowing that gambling is against sport rules. He knows he's a black successful man, yet he partakes in shyt like tht, knowing that some people expect him to mess up, and he Just did!!!

obi
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Posted: 9/15/2007 4:51:00 PM

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RE: Jena 6
Just shatap lavinchy...yes..i said it, just shatap that your loud okokobioko mouth. What do you know about being black when you are half asian, quarter african and quarter mami water?

iyabo
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Posted: 9/15/2007 9:33:00 PM

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RE: Jena 6
Obi say sorry
somebody dey talk better word and all u can do
is sound like the back end of a goat

obi
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Posted: 9/16/2007 2:22:00 PM

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RE: Jena 6
1 down, 5 more to go...they must be set free..
@Iyabo, e be like say na you be half mammy water and half black?

iyabo
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Posted: 9/16/2007 5:58:00 PM

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RE: Jena 6
Obi.. why u go leak my secret?
I told u not to tell anyone say i be mammy water,
now i must take you down to my world and you can
never return to earth.
Oya mek we go swim small..

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