Guest Dj_Peace Posted August 29 Report Share Posted August 29 Just makes you wonder where are our priorities whne an alleged gay politician and dogfighting are the BIG STORY and this story is barely a blip on the national radar. ??? :-[ >Racial demons rear headsAfter months of unrest between blacks and whites in Louisiana town, some see racism and uneven justiceBy Howard Witt | Tribune senior correspondent May 20, 2007 Article toolsE-mail Share Digg Del.icio.us Facebook Furl Google Reddit Spurl Yahoo Newsvine Print Single page view Reprints Text size: JENA, La. - The trouble in Jena started with the nooses. Then it rumbled along the town's jagged racial fault lines. Finally, it exploded into months of violence between blacks and whites.Now the 3,000 residents of this small lumber and oil town deep in the heart of central Louisiana are confronting Old South racial demons many thought had long ago been put to rest.One morning last September, students arrived at the local high school to find three hangman's nooses dangling from a tree in the courtyard.The tree was on the side of the campus that, by long-standing tradition, had always been claimed by white students, who make up more than 80 percent of the 460 students. But a few of the school's 85 black students had decided to challenge the accepted state of things and asked school administrators if they, too, could sit beneath the tree's cooling shade."Sit wherever you want," school officials told them. The next day, the nooses were hanging from the branches.African-American students and their parents were outraged and intimidated by the display, which instantly summoned memories of the mob lynchings that once terrorized blacks across the American South. Three white students were quickly identified as being responsible, and the high school principal recommended that they be expelled."Hanging those nooses was a hate crime, plain and simple," said Tracy Bowens, a black mother of two students at the high school who protested the incident at a school board meeting.But Jena's white school superintendent, Roy Breithaupt, ruled that the nooses were just a youthful stunt and suspended the students for three days, angering blacks who felt harsher punishments were justified."Adolescents play pranks," said Breithaupt, the superintendent of the LaSalle Parish school system. "I don't think it was a threat against anybody."Yet it was after the noose incident that the violent, racially charged events that are still convulsing Jena began. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.