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George Tucker, the attorney representing 17-year-old Theodore Shaw in the Jena 6 case, talked about the status of the case during a telephone interview on Thursday. Tucker's office is in Hammond, Louisiana, about 3-1/2 hours from Jena. The following are excerpts from that conversation:

"Mychal Bell [the first teen to be convicted in the "Jena 6" case] will have a hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 4. His lawyers will attempt to enter motions to try and set aside the verdict. Bell, who faces 22 years in prison, is set to be sentenced September 20.

"As for the others, some of them haven't been arraigned. Theodore Shaw is also on the docket Tuesday. He's already been set for trial twice--once in May and June--and on July 31 to address his motion to transfer venue. I entered that motion in early July."

I asked Tucker what could concerned citizens do at this point.

"One thing that they can do--this effort is real top heavy effort to encourage and an empty effort to support. These people are still indigent. We need to raise money in a very bad way. "

We can write letters, sign petitions and pray. But if there's not enough money to launch an aggressive defense against these unjust charges, that effort will be wasted. I'm researching the various defense funds set up to help these teens and will report the outcome of that search in Sunday's column.

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Television and radio stations across the country are broadcasting the Larry Craig incident, and most of the stories situate the arresting officer as a hero. I am among the first to recognize this policeperon's work, especially in the context of helping keep public spaces safe from potential predators; in cases like this, I am always concerned for young children who may be subjected to sexual advances. At the same time, however, no one has focused on Sgt. Dave Karsnia's racist language as part of his interrogation of Craig. Karsnia expresses his "disappointment" that Craig would lie--rather than admitting to sexual advances--to him (the police officer). His exact words (according to the tapes played on the news and printed in news articles) are, "I expect this from the guy we get out of the 'hood'.' I mean people vote for you." Everyone knows this coded language for black "guy[s]" and people of color who are perceived to live in urban communities.

Obviously, Karsnia views all black people—and probably people of color—as innate liars and as people who are pre-destined to commit criminal acts of some nature, so regardless of what any black person standing before him says is a lie. Furthermore, Karsnia’s view has to apply to every black “guy” he sees, given that he cannot tell which black man lives in "the hood" and which one lives in the suburbs, just by looking at his face. Finally, the articles presents Karsnia as a sensitive, compassionate police officer: "He has arrested at least a dozen men in the airport's bathroom . . . Each time Karsnia walked suspects to a spot where they could speak privately, with out embarrassing them . . ." In response, I ask the following questions: How many of these men were black? If he has yet to make his first "black" arrest in that space, will he apply excessive force that arrest? Dave Karsnia's directly racist language supports the ongoing accusation that police officers around the country believe that black men and men of color are “natural criminals” and must be kept in control by extreme force and abuse. I hope I am not the only one who can see this.

WHHHHYYYYYY HAVE WE NOT HEARD OF THIS NEWS BEFORE!!!????? It is not being carried on any of the major news networks. I had NO IDEA this was even going on until today when I heard a short report on a Saturday morning at MSNBC.

Tell us the whole story from the beginning and we will get MOBILIZED!!! THIS IS INFURIATING!!!!

Memo to white America, this reaction to the six punks in Jena is just another example that black America has declared war on white America. Please wake up white America before it is too late!

With all due respect, Mr. Tucker, if "pray" is one of the options that these boys have in their cases, they are in a LOT of trouble.

Money is the key here, and so is the moral high ground. Sadly, the Jena Six are learning that when you have a rap sheet, as Mr. Bell did, the court system won't give you a mulligan if you're being railroaded on an offense. Remember, that the Duke lacrosse players were no angels and had gotten into fights, alcohol charges, etc. If any of the remaining young men that are about to go on trial have a rap sheet for chewing gum in class, they are in a WORLD of trouble.

Where are the nation's successful black attorneys? Those are the people who need to get off their duffs and help these young men. And I don't mean that sorry excuse for an attorney that Mr. Bell had the unfortunate circumstance to be stuck with at his trial.

Do these fools in Louisiana on that jury realize they just gave a teenager more time in jail than Mike Vick will get for killing dogs and gambling? The judge, prosecutor AND the public defender in that town need to be fully investigated by the Department of Justice and all should surrender their licenses to practice law in this country.

The history of this country's "justice" is rooted in Emmett Till, Abner Louima, Mamadou Diallo, Yusuf Hawkins, Darryl Hunt, Henry Cotton, and Gary Tyler. Some of these men are dead. Some spent decades behind bars for crimes they did not committ. Gary Tyler's been in jail since the Civil Rights era and may never be released. America's black attorneys need to say "enough." The mainstream media will never take up the banner for justice for the Jena Six as long as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are involved. The best thing for the Jena Six is if the parents of these boys write a letter to the reverends and ask them to sit this one out. Get real criminal attorneys to defend their sons against these bogus charges. Get Oprah Winfrey to pony up the dough anonymously for the defense, or better yet, get Bill Cosby to do it since he's so uppity and wants to help. He can show up with his dark glasses and blame poor folk for this mess. When it's the guys in seersucker suits having mint juleps at the golf club that made sure that Bell got the 22 years.

Yes, I'm aware that Bell's defense counsel was a black man, but he's a sorry excuse for a human being as his "defense" was like toilet paper. How DARE he call himself a man much less a black man. I'm so disgusted that I don't even know what country we live in and what year it is. This isn't the United States in 2007 is it? Could've fooled me.

i think it isn't fair that an 17 yr old african american male is being sentenced 22 yrs in prison for defending his self and culture.Now what about these white boys who actually started this riot by making a obscene gesture by using noose and thinking that no one wouldn't take it the wrong way. These boys live in the south where slavery started for african americans. i think that the school should be blamed to because why would you let students paint a tree of their color making a statement that this is our area and no one that isn't this race don't belong over here. that it's self is racist. i pray for the young men that are being trailed but i think that some one should look this over and say that it isn't right. Because if we let things like this happen then we're basically saying what Martinn Luther King Jr. did for us was nothing.

THIS IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE EQUALITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS THAT OUR SOLDIERS FIGHT TO GIVE THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ, GIVE ME A BREAK THIS IS A TRAVESTY TO THE HIGHEST DEGREE, WE HAVE GOTTEN COMPLACENT AND SHORT SIGHTED IN OUR STRUGGLE AND FIGHT, A FIGHT THAT WAS NEVER WON, A FIGHT FOR EQUALITY, AND FREEDOMS THAT WERE PROMISED FROM A SEPARATIST GOV'T BUT HAVE NOT BEEN FULFILLED. WE HAVE NOT WON IF THERE CONTINUES TO BE WORM HOLES THAT OBVIOUSLY TRANSPORT YOU BACK TO THE 'JIM CROW ERA' OF THE SOUTH AND DROPS SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF JENA LA, WE HAVE NOT WON IF IT CONTINUES TO BE A SEPERATE LAW SYSTEM FOR BLACKS AND WHITES IN THIS COUNTRY,THAT CONTINUES WAREHOUSING BLACKS FROM AN EARLY AGE IN PRISONS THE WHILE WHITE COUNTERPARTS ARE GIVEN A SLAP ON THE WRIST FOR SIMILAR, OR SOMETIME MORE AGGRESSIVE AND VIOLENT CRIMES WHICH BRINGS US UP TO SPEED IN THE CASE INVOLVING THE JENA LA, TEENS. I SPEAK OF THE WAR AND THE JENA TRIAL IN THE SAME BREATH TO MAKE YOU THINK, THIS IS WHAT WE SEND OUR TROOPS AROUND THE WORLD TO TEACH, AND OF COURSE ITS NOT THE LESSON BEING TAUGHT UNDER THE GUISE OF THE AMERICAN FLAG, BUT COME ON LETS BE REAL, THE WORLD SEES HOW WE TREAT OUR OWN, WHO ARE WE TO TELL SOMEONE THEY DON'T HAVE RIGHTS IN THIER LAND, WHEN WE CAN'T GARUNTEE THE SAME JUSTIAFIABLE RIGHTS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, AMERICA'S GREATEST GIFT IS RACISM. WE SPEAK OF ONE LAW FOR ONE PEOPLE, BUT WE START TO DIFFERENTIATE WHEN IT IS TIME FOR THAT LAW TO BE ADHEREED AND RENDERED, WE NEED TO BE REALISTIC, AS LONG WE CAN LAY CLAIM TO RACIAL DISPARITIES SUCH AS THE ONES THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN AND STILL OCCURING IN THE STATE OF LA(YOU DON'T THINK I FORGOT ABOUT KATRINA) WE ARE NOT FIT AS A NATION NOR A PEOPLE TO LEAD OR ENFORCE AN IDEAOLOGY OF FREEDOM OR DEMOCRACY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

Good for you Ms. Mitchell,

Now if we could only get the cops here to stop the shooting befor identifying themselves. We're be okay.

I would like to ask all the people that descended on Jena on 9/20/07 how the Jena 6 should be prosecuted? Should they be free to go? I do not think violence should go un-punished.
I have enough guts to have an opinion (outrage is not an opinion): all should get battery charges and be given the average sentence of all La. battery sentences and be done. They did beat on that boy, did they not? They were provoked, but if I beat on everyone who provoked me, I would be jailed for sure (since I do not have any money).

While we are passes out blame for the Jena 6 incident. Let's start with the parents of these young men. When I was in school also in a communtity that was 90% white we had to endure similar problems, but my mother told me to go to school & she would handle things that happen on school grounds like the letters kkk written on walls. Usually the school would downplay things like that. Parents must not let their kids fight battles they themselves must fight. A child should just concentrate on their schoolwork. Parents need stand up for their children before they get arrested.

I'm confused. While I realize the sentences handed down were way too harsh, did they not commit a crime by beating that "white boy" up?
What are we saying to our children that it's OK to beat somebody up as long they are a different color. Just because Rev.Jackson and Rev. Sharpton have "Jumped on Board" do we have to follow these two extortionist'?? Are the Jena 6 innocent of any wrong doing or was the hand of justice too heavy handed on these gangsters.

Dosen't the law protects aganist rascist symbols such as nooses hanging from a tree or nazi swat symbol, etc. and anyone doing such acts showed be charged?

My address to the American people:

I feel my voice needs to be heard. Today, Not tomorrow. It’s so hard to begin, but I have to speak from the heart. If you will bear with me, I may make your spirit move. I want to steer your attention to a book called Dead Ceratin, authored by Robert Draper. Now, this is the biography and/or autobiography of the President of the United States. Something that has its place in the history of America for generations. In this book, on page 46, George Bush is quoted in saying “Blacks didn’t come out for me like the Hispanics did. So they’re not gonna see much help from me.” I know these words were spoken when he was elected governor of Texas. But, what does that statement tell us? Does that same ideology carry on through the Presidency? Even less of us voted for him in the Presidential election. This book references on how real the president is, and this is as real as it gets people. Has he ever changed his course? Can you see the power in that one statement alone? All Americans have fought for our right to vote. Do you feel like your constitutional rights have been violated? How can the President of the United States not be held accountable for that discriminatory statement? Does this answer some of the questions regarding Katrina? How many government funds have been misappropriated? How many crony companies are going to benefit in his administration? On page196, there is a profound statement: The media–they just don’t pay attention to facts the way the used to. What other fact do you need? He said this with his own mouth. I am floored. What kind of Democracy does that display? I love America and we are in the promise land. You have to know your history to understand your future. George Bush is not afraid to keep real so I’m not either. . I want you to visualize how this affects every American. Please allow me to bear my testimony. When I first heard this statement, September 15, 2007, I was flabbergasted. I marched over to my aunt’s house in protest. She told me “Andrea, no one is even going to bat an eyelash. Do you know your history of Black America?” She wasn’t knocking me, but she had just witnessed so many of our voices not making a difference; that was barely anything. I do admit I was a tad bit discouraged. Then Jena 6. Oh it was beautiful. The speeches and the turnout. It made me want to pack up the van and travel. Due to my circumstances, I was unable. The next, morning a lady on the radio stated “ I feel like I just want to shout out!” And that was exactly how I felt. Violence is not the answer America. But I Just a little back ground on my aunt, she had been an history teacher over 30 or 40 years. commend our youth. America is so use to African Americans turning the other cheek because of laws and fear. Our youth are more open minded and they are not afraid. Then I listened to questions and statements posed afterwards. Did it really make a difference? Louisiana harks back to the 50's and 60's. Then I thought about Bush’s statement. Then another statement I heard by a white individual crept into my head. He said the only problem he has with black America is that we sit back and we wait and we don’t take it. That made me ponder on everything that has gone on. African Americans have faced many obstacles. Slavery, the burning of our homes, businesses and churches, these mentioned are just minimal. I thought enough is enough. Today in 2007, look at the state of our nation. Black people take your God given right! Americans ask, why would another nation hates us? Look how we have allowed our own nation to be oppressed. September 11 has nothing to with Islam. It’s the hypocrisy. In the Qu’ran it states if he or she be a true believer of God then every Christian can call themself a Muslim and every Muslim a Christian. The literal meaning of the word ‘jihad’ means the struggle of good over evil that’s all. Bush claims to read the Bible. I ask you George what scriptures are you reading? When the Lord compels my hand to move I get, Be strong and of good courage for unto this, people shalt I divide for an inheritance the land which I swear unto their fathers to give them. It says in the bible you can tell a man by his acts. What have you seen? George maybe you were sent by God to be our President. So we can set a precedent in the highest office of our government, that this type of individual will not be tolerated any longer. Look how we are being represented around the world. My fellow Americans with this type of thinking we all are paying the price. Honestly, I thought contractors in Iraq actually meant like a contractor who would actually being building something. Not for torture tactics. What did you think? Now I want to mention the Strecker Memorandum( 1970). I bring this up not to argue whether its true or not but to understand how this type of thinking can cripple a nation. In an administration plagued with racism, HIV/AIDS is willingly administered to African American males and Homosexuals. Instead concentrating on how to eliminate aids it is used as a weapon of mass destruction. Look at the threat to mankind it poses; now. America we can not just cut black people out, and if you do cut blacks out who is benefitting? the same companies? How many things did Bush overlook because it affects Black people? Look at a bigger picture than race. This is crippling our nation. Impoverishing any group in our nation will spread an epidemic poverty. I love America. I am glad that my four fathers were brought here; not the methods by which they were brought nor the purpose for which they were brought, but I am here now. It is my God given right to stand up for my rights and my children’s rights. We need a president today that will represent all Americans fairly. We voted so he is able is able to pick and choose, veto or pass laws that effect us all. But he is not above the Law. God all mighty can take me now or I’ll be judged by twelve before( not meaning I will do anything to the President or break a law ) I can allow this president to violate my rights. I will take any and all persecution Where is the justice? American it’s not “just us” that pays the price. With where we are headed, what happens if America is not a super power any more? Would you let any other nation say I don’t like you for what ever reason and tell you, you have to live a certain way or think a certain way. Will you allow someone to basically ostracize you. Let’s be real. We are in the promise land the “United” States. Let’s not be divided. This is no mystery. The reason why there is a divide in church and state is because you can’t tell anyone how to believe. Let me shed some light for those true believers, there is no race, no this people or that people. There was only the righteous and the unrighteous. Why can’t the end of the world as we know it simply mean a revelation of true change? That’s why there are radicals, because they want to see that change by any means necessary. Which violence is not the answer that’s why we have the Constitution. But once you have been oppressed so long, why live a life you can’t truly live. We are the nation that every nation can embrace with open arms. God has given us all everything we need energy, fuel, labor, agriculture and most importantly, the freedom to think and be educated. We can build our nation and others with billions of dollars? Real quick, now outsourcing has a lot of positive attributes. But such high levels of lead in our toys, I am not saying this was a biological weapon against America because that would imply subjecting your own country to high concentration levels of lead. But, studying our own history, here, in America, as an African American; I look at everything. And I am not sure how any other nation really looks at America. Let’s self correct today, because we are not promised tomorrow. We can’t afford another war. Foremost who would benefit from it? How many more terrorist attacks do we risk with such a representative as President Bush? We need to be represented by people with integrity and common decency. If, I, an American can see the corruption you think another nation doesn’t see it? Will you allow this man to play with you God given right?

“We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, “promote the general welfare”, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Preamble from the Declaration.
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Declaration

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”

In every stage of a Oppression we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A President, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Racist, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

My only request is justice. America, if this man is not removed by Congress and/or humbly resigns. I cry out to my fellow African Americans to be prepared to petition our government, state our grievances, and declare our independence. Black America, to get a fair hand should we govern ourselves? I don’t think I can subject my children to this type of America, For all Americans how long will we stay divided if we are the United States?


Sincerely,
Your Fellow American
Andrea Watson

Now you know black people to keep it real Like I said I would I dedicate this to my ancestors, my witness to my grandfathers, my Daddy, grandmothers, my mama, my husband. And to the future of all my sons, and to all Americans
We gotta start at the top!

Illinois citizens of all races who are speaking out on the Jena 6 controversy have been remarkably quiet about the disproportionate number of minorities in jails and foster homes in Illinois.
Nearly all the foster kids in Cook County are African American and statewide, African American children are severely overrepresented as well. Ditto juveniles and adults in the the state's jails, who are also overwhelmingly minority. No civil rights marches for these folks though.

Minority women are also more likely than white women to have their infants tested for drugs at birth. These infants are far more likely to become involved with Illinois' child welfare system, with frequently disastrous results (Illinois law requires infants testing positive for illegal drugs to be reported as neglected to DCFS).

Yet our fearless political leaders failed to sound the alarm about the bipartisan 95-0361, which became law in August and says that when a newborn tests positive for a controlled substance at birth, the State's Attorney must be notified. Looks like some new moms won't just be getting a visit from DCFS. They'll be getting a visit from the cops.

Regarding "We must speak out" blog by Ayanna. The only reason the US has argued with itself whether racism exists is because it does. Think about what the ramifications would be for the US to admit that during this day and age racism is alive and well in the US. Case in point "Jena 6". You're not going to tell me that the school and parents did not know that a specific tree was designated for "Whites Only". If they claim ignorance then when the nooses were hung on the tree what statement did that in itself relay and they call it a joke let along the injustice in the punishment. Well why don't they call the beating a joke and call it a day. We all want to pretend or be in la-la-land rather then face the truth.

Hello, Mrs./Ms. Mitchell.
I am not here to criticize you for making an editorial comment concerning the JENA 6 incident. What I would like to ask, is what is your position in this matter? Maybe, being a supported of this movement, we are misunderstanding your take on the issue. At least I hope so.

I've heard about the editorial comment made, by you, on behave of the incident; however, I would certainly ask for your rebuttal to these comments made.

Have we, the supporters, been overstepping your comments a bit?

Please respond.

Thank you for your time.

After listening to Michael Baisden today, I came to the web-site to read your most current article re: Jena 6. I could not find it. If what Michael has said is true, you are trying to divide certain groups that participated in the March on Sept 20, you need to step up and explain and/or apologize. This is not the time for division from anyone. Injustice/inequality for any one person is long over due. We all need to come together and not focus on who did the most or who gets the credit. The 30,000 to 50,000 marchers should get the credit. Did you go and do you interviews at the March? Are you going to be part of the problem or part of the solution?

I have been watching the racial tension in Jena regarding the so called "Jena Six". My response is many:

1. The Superintendent of the school district did not do enough to discipline the students who hung the nooses on the tree. The school should have taken a more non-tolerent approach and informed all students that such racial activities would result in expulsion and criminal charges if warranted by their conduct.

2. Although the school did not do enough, as a people we must learn that violence is never the answer..............unless we are put in a position to physically defend ourselves.

3. The Prosecutor in the case is engaging in prosecutorial misconduct and there is a legal recourse(s) if we the people come together and not allow our egos to stand in the way..........

4. U.S Senator Barack Obama should be more involved in this matter as a U.S Senator and a former civil rights attorney. He should rally the federal gov't, the Senators in that district to involve the federal gov't before the racial tension gets out of hand. Leadership is needed.

5. Divine Justice wil be served as GOD will deliver.

yeah, lets do all that...kicking someone unconcious is a fair exchange for putting nooses in a tree.
When someone moves beyond name calling and threats and actually attacks someone they have moved into the realm of a threat to all society. The charge is not unjust...and never will be...

October 30, 2007 at 11:02:42

Obama Be Bold: Break with Backer on Torture

by laura flanders Page 1 of 1 page(s)

http://www.opednews.com

Senator Obama told the New York Times this week that he wants to stand out on the campaign trail. How about standing up against torturers and those who cover up for them, not just in Gitmo -- but in his hometown of Chicago?

Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and officers serving under him stand accused of torturing some 200 mostly African-American men in custody in the '70s and '80s. In 2002, after a criminal investigation, four who had been sentenced to death and spent over a total of 70 years behind bars on false confessions extracted through torture were pardoned, Governor Ryan issued a moratorium on executions and a package of reforms was passed. Running for US Senate, Obama was rightly proud of SB15, his piece of that reform package, which required the videotaping of interrogations. When asked by an interviewer in 2004 why African Americans in particular should support his campaign, Obama pointed to his "track record of effectively working on behalf of the issues that they care about... I come out of a legislative session where I sent twenty-five pieces of legislation to the Governor's desk, including landmark videotaping legislation of interrogations and confessions, the first in the nation.”

The Senator's work in the area of detainees rights and policing is a piece of his record he'd like the media to consider when they're accusing him of lack of expertise, but there's plenty more to be done. By the time SB 15 passed, the electric-shocks to-the-genitals, bags-over-head treatment had stopped, but justice has never been served. To this day, Burge (who was finally fired in 1992) is drawing a pension in Florida. He and the others have never been prosecuted. In 2006, a four-year, investigation costing Chicago tax-payers $17 million confirmed the allegations but declared it too late to act. Now Chicago's Mayor Richard M. Daley stands accused of running out the clock on the statute of limitations.


Daley – who abandoned his tradition of neutrality to back Obama in this year's Democratic primary -- has been involved in this story from the start. In 1982, he was Cook County's top prosecutor (the presiding state's attorney) when evidence linking Burge to torture was first brought to him by the superintendent of police. For eight years thereafter, he collaborated in prosecutions of Burge's victims -- and took credit for a high conviction rate -- without taking action to investigate. Now Daley is Mayor, his former assistant, Richard Devine, is Cook County state's attorney, and his brother, Bill Daley, is a senior adviser to Senator Obama.

Chicago justice-seekers have never given up. Not long ago, they testified in Geneva before the UN Committee against Torture. The Committee demanded action and the global scrutiny could count conceivable count against Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid. Independent prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald announced a federal investigation this September, not only to examine the torture, but also to review what looks a whole lot like a conspiracy to cover up (on which the statue of limitations wouldn't apply.) Most recently, on October 17, local Congressman, Bobby Rush (D-Il) wrote to committee chairman John Conyers (D-Il) requesting a Judiciary Committee hearing in the House.

I was just in Chicago, where this is the issue among would-be Obama supporters is ho. “[Obama’s] been very silent on this issue here. We haven’t really pressed him on it because he’s been involved in what he’s been involved in. We also realize he’s playing the politics of it all and Daley is a major, major actor in all of this. And he has to keep his fences mended,” said Flint Taylor of the People’s Law Office who has represented victims of torture in Chicago for the last twenty years.

But if Obama wants to show courage, confronting one of his own hometown cronies could do it. Obama knows this issue and he knows what's right. A Senate investigation anyone?

Next: tackle homophobia.


www.lauraflanders.com

Laura Flanders is the host of RadioNation on Air America Radio and the author, most recently, of BLUE GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians. You can find out more at www.lauraflanders.com.

Here is my take.

1. The idiots that hung nooses should have been expelled from school.

2. The idiots that beat the kid for hanging a noose SHOULD go to jail. Would I have kicked his butt? Probably. If the police beat a kid for putting up graffitti we would all be up in arms. The Rev. JJ would put together some rhymes and the Rev. Al would demand a meeting and concessions from the king of the world.

3. All of these kids acted like morons, however, committing acts of violence over things that offend us is a crime.

4. People need to real careful about the calibre of people they are willing to march for and donate money to. Case in point, google search Jena 6 bling. You will find a photo capture of one of thier myspace pages showing them rolling around in your donation money and talking about "thuggin it up". The page has since been taken down but the pics are still floating around the internet. People have now taken the idiotic liberty of adding gangsta rap music to them.

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