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Revisiting the Jena 6 and Legal Lynching 2007 style

The Freedom Riders in the south of America in the 1960's are well-enough known.

Sadly, it appears that 40 years hasn't seen much change in the south. The now well-known Jena 6 case has served to highlight the injustices still seemingly well entrenched in the American judicial system in so far as it effects the Afro-American community.

As Linn Washington Jr., a Philadelphia based journalist who is a graduate of the Yale Law Journalism Fellowship Program and a Washington is a columnist for The Philadelphia Tribune, [America’s oldest African-American owned newspaper] writes on CommonDreams:

"For many African-Americans today, the main battle field against terrorism is not Iraq or Afghanistan but Jena, a small town in the state of Louisiana.

This rural town about 40-miles northeast of Alexandria, La is where a group of six black teens are enduring criminal prosecutions for a school yard fight that many see as a legal lynching.

The prosecutor in Jena is pressing serious felony charges for this fight that produced no serious injury on the specious claim that the Jena 6 used deadly weapons in that fight: their tennis shoes…used to allegedly kick the white victim.

This is the same prosecutor who refused to pursue comparable felony charges against white teens who smashed a black teen in the head with a beer bottle while ejecting him from a ‘whites-only’ party and a young white man who pointed a shotgun at black teens.

The reason why African-Americans react to the Jena injustice as domestic terrorism is rightly rooted in America’s history of racism…that scourge that still infects American society and is still widely ignored."


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