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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Jena 6 Day of Action: Demand Equal Justice

I mentioned the legal travesty taking place in Jena, Louisiana in a previous post. The lives of six young men have been derailed, because some people refuse to lay down the vestiges of our country's legacy of racism and segregation. I would argue that the current events in Jena, the case of Ginarlow Wilson, and the recent rape, torture and abduction of an African-American woman in WestVirginia, speak to one point, the Supreme Court jumped the gun this past June.

Visit Color of to learn all the details about the Jena 6, and learn how you can support their cause. Let our governing officials know that equal justice is a right of citizenship not privilege.


Anonymous said...

I appreciate your comments and your blog. I grieve for the state of our country and our schools. People know darn well what a noose represents to black people in this country.

There is one point being overlooked in this whole ugly situation: It isn't just a "southern" thing. The circumstances in Jena are a microcosm of the twisted antipathy people really do harbor against African Americans. I don't know what's worse: the hatred; how some downplay incidents like this one; how others have the gall to be indignant about our frustration; or the apathetic response many people have to injustice in general. These acts are repeated endlessly on college campuses, in the workplace, and in seemingly "wholesome" communities throughout the U.S.

And when black people stand up for themselves, the first thing our detractors want to say is we're whiners, or we "take things too seriously." What a bunch of crap. Frankly, I'm tired of this mess, tired of other people's ignorance and arrogance, tired of folks not teaching their children how to act right, and tired of having to explain (and justify) why I'm tired.

Keep up the good work.

Desiré Hendricks said...

I appreciate your comments. You're right these incidents are signs of the "State of the Union", not just their immediate vicinity.

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