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Jena 6 Controversy

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Here are some emails from our viewers with their comments on the Jena 6 controversy:

From: beaw1@peoplepc.com [mailto:beaw1@peoplepc.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 5:32 PM


I could not find where to vote on the race question so I want to say this. Any time Al and Jessie are in front of the camera you can bet that they want it to be about black and white! There is a bib difference in hanging ropes in a tree and beating someone up! I understand that the judge could not find a law about the ropes unless someone is hurt it is not a crime.I agree it was meant to be mean but a lot of people could be charged if being mean spirited was a crime.

From: Bo Drake [mailto:bdrake@bayou.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 10:49 PM

   This situation should have never happened.  The individual who hung the nooses should be punished and the 6 who attacked the student should also be punished.
   Rev Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should have stayed north of the Mason-Dixon line. We do not need their rhetoric down her and can do without them. All they do is stir up trouble.
   I have no idea why the tree was cut down. I guess because the blacks said it should be. That was stupid mentality on their part.
   If the media would NOT publicize this stuff, the Rev and Jesse would have nothing to do. However, the role of the media is "to hell with the public - this is NEWS. Let's see what we can stir up".

From: Poppiee281@aol.com [mailto:Poppiee281@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 6:14 PM

I do not think its right the boys did something very wrong and they need to pay for what they did i think they are trying to make it out to be a black and white thing look at the white boys that got into trouble for beating the boy here in texarkana billy ray jackson i think they got what they deserved for doing it why are these boys and better to get into trouble for doing what they have done and there were six of these boys on one what if they had killed him? would they let them go then? whats the difference in what happened in the billy ray beating than this one theres not one they did the crime they need to do the time for they actions for any reason i took care of the man billy ray when they sent him here and its shameful what they did to him so why are these boys any different black or white they get what they deserve i think.  thank you lisa maddox texarkana ark.

From: Nannie388@aol.com [mailto:Nannie388@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 7:06 PM

I would like to tell you about the boy in Jena La.  HE WAS ARRESTED FOUR TIMES BEFORE THIS TIME.  hIS MOTHER GOT OUT OF JAIL THE DAY BEFORE HE WAS ARRESTED.  tHEY ALSO SERVED ACHOL IN A DRY DISTRICT.  NOW WHO BROKE THE LAW.  tHE SO CALLED "rEVS" NEED TO GO HOME AND MIND THEIR BUSINESS.  rEV MEANS MAN OF gOD.  aLL THEY PROUVED TODAY IS THAT ITS OKAY FOR A BLACK TO COMMIT A CRIME AND WE WILL DEFEND THE;M.  THANK YOU NANNIE

From: Josh [mailto:allenmj@windstream.net]
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 9:00 PM

I want to know why KSLA has never reported on the kid that got assaulted, after all he is the victim. If it had been 6 white boys that had done the same crime they would be under the jail right now. I am not a white man, but everyone wants to feel sorry for the kids that did this, truth of the matter is 6 kids did what they should have not done, and they should be held accountable for there actions. Everyone says that color should matter, but ya'll keep saying the color of everyone. This would not be on the news had it not been for the simple fact that the NAACP has made it a racial subject. I thought we lived in a country where color does not matter, but that is still not the case, if it were you would not say the color of each person.

From: jhax [mailto:jhax@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 11:07 PM

This Jena LA. march is another attempt to make a mockery of the justice system.  Ksla seems to have forgotten that there was a young man beaten almost to death in Jena.  What are you saying about him, nothing.  all you are reporting is the so called injustice to the Jena six.  The justice system ruled. Let justice be served.  I do not understand why there are expectations by the so called African descendents (African/American - Blacks) that there should be another set of laws and rules to apply to them that is so different from the caucasian race. 

From: krystal jarvis [mailto:covechick07@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 6:41 PM


I think that the protest  in jena lousiana today should not have happened because it was un called for. If the tables were turned and it was 6 white kids nothing would have have been said. And deffiently there would not have been a protest. I dont agree with what the white kids did either. But the black kids commited a crime and are paying for it. Like I said the protest should not have happened. reverand al sharpten is not martin luther king and in my oponion the only time he says anything is when colored people are involved and that is racist anyway you look at it. Now if it was the white kids who beat a black kid up and only got into a little trouble then there would be another protest saying that justice was not served. It is 2007 and we all go the the same schools and use the same restrooms now. So everyone needs to move on this should not have been made into this big of deal.

From: Nona Alliene [mailto:barely_dixie@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 12:53 AM

I reside in Louisiana. However, I am from Texas originally and I'm more liberal than most whites in this state.  Hate and prejudice stem from four things--- IGNORANCE---FEAR---HATRED (concerning those that are different from ourselves)--- but the largest problem is SIN.  Jesse Jackson has wandered away from the Christian principles of Martin Luther King.  Jackson is too quick to to shout "Prejudice!"  He organizes 'protests' to keep his name in the news.  There is culpability on the part of the black students--- AND the white students--- AND the school Principal!

Did the 'Jena Six' file a formal complaint with their school board? 'Two Wrongs' do not make things 'Right'.  This Hate Crime AGAINST THE WHITE STUDENT---the REAL VICTIM--- in Jena---occurred because the school authorities did not take charge of the mitigating circumstances that preceded the attack by the six black students on the one white student.  Jackson is trying to stop these five young men from being tried as adults instead of juveniles!  THEY SHOULD BE TRIED AS ADULTS!
Only one black youth is legally a juvenile and his culpability is not as great as the other five.

The protesters are WRONG to cry out AGAINST the victim while demanding absolution for the 'Jena Six'! These six young black men PLOTTED (pre-mediation) in ADVANCE to GANG UP on the SOLE white student.  They could have KILLED him!  Their behavior is NO different than that of the despicable and illegal assaults of the 'Skinheads', or the 'KKK', or 'Gay-Bashers'. No matter how much a person is harassed or taunted--- there are LEGAL avenues to address the issue!
NONE of us should EVER take the law into our own hands!

Martin Luther King ALWAYS stressed biblical resolutions.  Jesse Jackson HABITUALLY pits blacks against whites--- instead of being like M.L.King, or Mandela--- Jesse Jackson is too much like Malcolm X.  Jackson ALWAYS ignores the fact that the crime has been multiple blacks GANGING up on ONE white student!

Violence NEVER resolves issues--- it ONLY INFLAMES prejudices into HATE crimes!
ONLY GODLY LOVE, diplomacy, civil and peaceful mediation can turn bigotry into TRUCES!
The 'Jena Six' had a moral, civil and legal RESPONSIBILITY to address ANY problems through the LEGAL system.  If the local law enforcement officials are prejudiced--- THAT IS WHAT THE ACLU IS FOR!  THAT IS THE LEGAL ACTION THE 'JENA SIX' SHOULD HAVE TAKEN.  Vigilantism is NEVER the correct response or 'solution' to bigotry! Whatever happened to ACCOUNTABILITY for ones' actions?!? They might as well exclaim "The DEVIL made me do it!"

I want to add that I am a 59-year-old Grandmother who majored in criminal justice.
I supported the civil rights movement and the peaceful demonstrations of Martin Luther King.
I supported the United States Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and particularly desegregation of the school systems and the military.
I supported the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the abolition of "Colored" restrooms and "Colored" water fountains and the atrocious refusal to serve minorities in restaurants; especially when the cook was frequently a Negro or other minority.
I supported the 1971 case of Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, in which the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that forced busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation.
I supported 'Equal Pay for Equal work'.
I supported Affirmative Action and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and I was sorely disappointed that the latter did not pass in Congress. (Oddly, the main objection against the ERA was the fear that women would end up on the battle fronts, and they are now in Iraq and elsewhere--- without the ERA!)
I have supported the United Negro College Fund and the American Indian College Fund.
I have supported various and multiple wildlife and environmental organizations such as Greenpeace, Environmental Defense, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, The Nature Conservancy and many, many more.
I support Amnesty International and CASA; as well as the U.S. Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) and the National Coalition of Domestic Violence.
I have petitioned for better laws and protection for children, the elderly, the disabled and for the victims of rape and incest.
Since I was a child, I never accepted anything that was unfair, unethical, illegal, immoral or unbiblical.
Despite the Bible Belt's strong AFA, I do not believe in singling out anyone as "more sinful" than anyone else.

There are over 100 "abominations" in the Bible and there is NOT a single human being, Christian or otherwise, who has not been guily of at least one!

Concerning slavery--- Yes, it was sinful and immoral--- but Christ told us 'to look forward with our hand upon the plow and to not look back.'
You sure can't plow a straight line behind a mule or oxen team if you are constantly looking in the 'rearview mirror' of life.
We must choose to go forward without dwelling on the past to the extent that we use the past as an excuse to not change or progress in the 'here and now' of our lives.
Blaming the history of slavery on the injustices of society today--- is simply apathy and the failure to 'step up to the plate' to make injustices obsolete through the passage of laws in our Congress and our courts.
Too few folks utilize their right to vote or to petition Congress.
"Can't never could do nothing"--- and continuing to blame slavery for social injustices today is irresponsible.
Slavery has existed since the beginning of time in every civilization--- until a lone voice inspired the multitude to fight for their freedom.
The difference between Vigilantism and Justice is 'Rage versus Righteous Indignation'.

If the 'Jena Six', Jesse Jackson, or any bigoted organizations (Christian or secular) fail to discern the difference---- then they need to re-read the Bible--- the BEST Book ever written for what ails the human race.

From: S3Maril@aol.com [mailto:S3Maril@aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 11:00 PM

I'M NOT AT ALL SYMPATHETIC TO THE SIX YOUNG MEN JUMPING ON AND BEATING UP ONE YOUNG MAN AND GETTING PUNISHED FOR IT !

IF THIS HAD BEEN THE OTHER WAY AROUND, THE WHITE YOUNG MEN WOULD BE CHARGED WITH ANY NUMBER OF CRIMES, THE LEAST OF WHICH WOULD BE A 'HATE CRIME'. I'LL BET THERE WOULDN'T BE AN OUTCRY ON THAT JUDGEMENT !!!

I DIDN'T HEAR EITHER JESSE JACKSON OR AL SHARPTON MENTION OR BE CONCERNED WITH HOW THE WHITE BOY WAS, DID YOU ???

WHY IS IT THAT IT'S ALWAYS RACISM FOCUSED ON A WHITE PERSONS ACTIONS WHEN THERE'S JUST AS MUCH OBVIOUS RACISM COMING FROM BLACKS TOWARD WHITES ? WHY IS THAT NEVER ADDRESSED ON RADIO OR TELEVISION ??? WHY WASN'T THERE MASSES OF WHITE PEOPLE MARCHING ON LOS ANGELES WHEN O. J. SIMPSON GOT AWAY WITH TWO WHITE PEOPLE'S MURDERS ??

I MEAN, WHERE'S THE FLARE-UP FOR THE FACT THAT SIX PEOPLE, WHATEVER THE DAMN COLOR, BEAT UP ON ONE PERSON ???!!! I'M NOT GETTING THIS AT ALL !

WHY IS THE JUDGEMENT CONSIDERED OVERDONE ? THEY COULD EASILY HAVE KILLED THE YOUNG MAN !! SIX ON ONE OF ANYTHING, COMMITING A VIOLENT ACT, STANDS AN AWFULLY STRONG CHANCE OF DOING THE ONE IN. LIKE THEY DIDN'T KNOW THAT ??!!




 

 

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