Here are some emails from our viewers with their comments on the Jena 6 controversy:
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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:email@example.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:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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:email@example.com]
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:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.