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Re: [CA] The Los Angeles Sentinel

The Jena Six
No Justice, Just Us (Richard Pryor)

I recently received an e-mail from my daughter-in-law apprising me of the plight of the students in Jena, Louisiana. I was somewhat appalled as to why there is not a nationwide call to justice for these students. After reading about the incidents that occurred in this small town, it reminded me of something that could have happened in the early forties or fifties.

Six Black students are being convicted of attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy. It was stated that they face up to 100 years in prison without the possibility of parole. These students range in age from 15 to 17 years of age. This is the result of an altercation between the black and the white students where one white student was injured.

Based upon the article, the origin of the story can be traced back to an incident when a black high school student requested to sit under a tree where usually only white students sat. The following day the students found three nooses hanging from this tree. Some of the white citizens stated that this was just a prank. However, the black students deemed this as a threat and staged a sit-in under the tree to protest their outrage of this demonstration of hatred.

The District Attorney came to the school and told the students that he could end their lives with the stroke of a pen. Obviously, this DA believes that he is almighty and has the power to destroy lives at will. These students have been subjected to a number of incidents that I believe are indicative of the epitome of racism.

I am entreating every black American to support these students and go the website entitled The Jena Six. Read this article and discover the injustices that African Americans are subjected to in the 21st century. Please sign the petition so that someone will eventually come to the aid of these students and their parents. If we donít begin to unite as a people, incidents of this type will continue to prevail.

Dr. B.R. Jones

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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