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The Jena 6

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the September 22nd, 2007

So this is interesting. Apparently these guys were charged about 9 months ago, but this “lightning rod” of an issue has suddenly become national news. Thank goodness Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are able to step away from whatever service they perform in society to provide moral direction on this…very recent incident.

The thing I don’t get is what moral ground the “modern civil rights” movement has to stand on. Are they angry that a 17 year old is in jail for beating an unconscious student on the ground with several others? Apparently the District Attorney has prosecuted him as being the one that conspired and/or incited the beating.

Bell is the only one of the six teenagers to stand trial so far. District Attorney Reed Walters tried him as an adult and won convictions on two charges.

Details are sparse in the few articles I’ve read, but it seems to boil down to a claim that since some white students got away with hanging nooses on a tree, black students should get away with physical assault. I really don’t see it as any different than that. One action is something you can prosecute, the other wasn’t.

UPDATE:  A most informative article I just found at RealClearPolitics.

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