I said a while ago how racism does not matter anymore. I still say racism does not matter. We can eradicate racism by utilizing education. Every day in my classroom we talk about empowering ourselves as a people and understanding how we need other races to help build a new reality so our communities will not be left behind.
However, there are some that are still stuck on color and race. Take the Jena 6 incident for instance in Jena, Louisiana. This whole situation has been distorted and blown out of proportion by the mainstream media and the "civil rights" leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
The "Jena 6" should be punished for committing the crimes that they did REGARDLESS of their reasons (especially due to the fact that so many things occurred that were unrelated to the original "alleged" incident). The students who put up the "nooses" were punished according to the law so should the Jena 6. The media fails to mention the truth, as usual, or the fact that some of these "6" had prior criminal records.
One Network member, Quanicia Wilson from Columbus, GA, have stated the following:
Again we see race-baiting, the blame game, and the good ol media in conjunction with the liberal "civil rights" leaders trying to excuse bad behavior. All they ever do in the "race industry" is use ONE example and try to convince blacks that there is still Jim Crow and whites that they are evil and should walk around carrying MORE guilt than they already have. Where is the outrage over the thousands of black on black crime that happens all the time? Where is the outrage when statistically the majority of interracial violent crime is black against Whites, Asians, and Hispanics? What about the young white couple in Tennessee who were brutally raped and murdered by black teenagers specifically because they were white?
After constantly hearing people talk and call into radio stations "feeling sorry for the supposed victims of the Jena 6," I had to speak out. As a black woman, I dont care what makes a person mad, if you resort to violence, you should not get special treatment, you should be held accountable for ur actions. It seems as if the entire agenda of the race and poverty pimps is to keep blacks dependent on government, keep themselves in power, keep us angry, and further destroy any form of accountability or responsibility in the black community. What we need to do as a people is stop being lazy listening to Tom Joyner, J Anthony Brown, or Tavis Smiley, etc. and get the facts before we jump to assumptions. We need to stop being so focused on materialism, entertainment, and victimhood and stand up like the TRUE HEROES of the civil rights movement. I dont care what race a person is, if u do the crime, u do the time.
After reviewing the whole Jena situation I have come to the conclusion that this has nothing to do with Jim Crow. The Black Media has done a wonderful job in stirring up the emotions of African Americans. The national media have stirred up the race pot to create a pattern of Southern bigotry.
Let's look at the facts that the media is not telling you.
(1) On Aug. 31, the first students to arrive at school found nooses (some reports say three, some say two) hanging from the tree. Administrators immediately took them down, and the majority of students, who arrived after 7:15 a.m., never saw them. They later learned about the nooses from television and newspaper reports.
(2) It is important to note that from Sept. 9 through Nov. 30—nearly three months—there were no racial incidents reported either at the high school or in the city or Jena. That night, however, someone set fire to the main high school building and gutted it. There are still no suspects, and nothing but speculation about motive.
(3) The school was closed for four days, during which there were some racial incidents in town. There was a private party at the Fair Barn, a big metal building used for social events. The crowd was mostly whites with a few blacks. At about 11:00 p.m. five black Jena High students tried to crash the party, but a woman told them they could not come in. The boys insisted, and a white man—not a student—stepped in front of the woman to prevent them. There was a fight, which continued outside. A number of other whites—not students—got involved, the police were called, and one of the whites was arrested and pleaded guilty to battery. At least two of the black students were later among the "Jena 6."
(4) The next day, there was a fight at a convenience store called Gotta Go, between three black students and the same white man. There have been conflicting accounts of what happened, with the blacks charging that the white man was brandishing a gun. Accounts from witnesses led police to charge one of the black students with battery and theft. Jena High student Robert Bailey, 17, was involved in both the Fair Barn and Gotta Go fights, as well as the famous assault that took place a few days later.
(5) December 4 was the first day of school after the fire. There was considerable chaos, with students meeting in makeshift classes. After lunch, black football star Mychal Bell walked up to a white student named Justin Barker and punched him to the ground from behind. Some eight to ten boys—all black—then started kicking him. Witness statements taken later used phrases like "stomped him badly," "stepped on his face," "knocked out cold on the ground," and "slammed his head on the concrete beam." According to court documents, Mr. Barker was probably unconscious before he hit the ground, where his attackers stomped his "lifeless" body.
(6) Much has been made later of the fact that that evening he attended the school's annual class ring ceremony where, as a junior, he was to get a ring. "I waited 11 years to go to it," he has since explained. "I wasn't going to let that get in my way." Mr. Barker had a swollen face and was in considerable pain. He left the ceremony early, as soon as he got his ring. He says he was blind in one eye for three weeks, and was still suffering from headaches six months after the beating.
(7) Blacks were outraged when LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters charged six of the black attackers with attempted murder and decided to try Mr. Bell as an adult. He had good reasons to. Mr. Bell, who was 16 at the time of the attack, had been on probation since he committed battery on Christmas Day, 2005. Since then, he had been found guilty under the juvenile system of three other crimes—two violent attacks and one property crime—before he even attacked Mr. Barker. Bail was set at $90,000, a figure his family could not meet. His father, who is now being portrayed as the caring parent, has been living in Texas for years, and resurfaced only after the boy was charged.
(8) Just before the trial this summer, District Attorney Walters reduced charges to aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy. On June 28, after deliberating for less than three hours, a jury of five women and one man found Mr. Bell guilty. He was to be sentenced on Sept. 20. Much has been made of the fact that all the jurors were white, but none of the blacks called for jury duty that day showed up (plenty of whites dodged jury duty, too). The jury pool was white, so the jury was white.
(9) On Sept. 20, Jena got its demonstration, with the usual bombast about racism and unequal justice for blacks. Perhaps as many as 10,000 people—almost all Black—were bused in from as far away as Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago and Philadelphia. Blacks all across the country have been whooping up the "Jena 6" as the great civil rights cause of our era.
I pointed these facts out because we have been a lopsided view of the Jena 6 thanks to the media. Of course, Blacks have a tendency of going off emotions.
I personally did not jump on the Jena bandwagon because when I saw Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton get involved I knew that this cause was blown out of proportion. I also knew that those Jena 6 boys had been in trouble prior to this incident.
We must stop using race as an excuse for all of our woes. I am fully convinced that most of our people believe that most white people are racists. Racism is a real serious issue but I think in today's America the majority is not racist. People whom I work with is a slacker. If she is told that she needs to pick up the pace, she cries racism. I often tell those who cry racism, the most, are typically the ones who are the biggest racists.
I also think that people would have a better chance of "getting ahead" if they would actually try to work hard rather than pulling out the race card every time we are asked to pull our weight. But after living in our community it is easier to make excuses than to be held accountable for our actions. Isn't it? Personally, I am not as obsessed with skin color as other people in my community seems to be.
The mark of the twentieth century, was racism. The mark of the twenty-first century will be poverty. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and it’s harder to be middle class. You look at any place in this world where there’s anarchy – and what you have there is a country divided between the very rich and the very poor. You have a country where there’s no way for the very poor to become very rich, so they take it. Any society is at its greatest risk from those individuals who have no stake in it. If I don’t like me, I can’t like you. If I don’t respect me, I’m not going to respect you. If I don’t love me, I’m not going to love you, and -- here’s a big one -- if I don’t have a purpose in my life, I’m going to make your life a living hell.
We’re moving from race-based and place-based discrimination to class-based discrimination -- discrimination based on education and access and information. This is the danger.
In the new century, the poverty eradication tool will be education. Wealth will be decided by your access to information and education. If you have a more educated populace, they make better decisions. If they make better decisions, they’re going to make more conservative decisions. By its very nature, a liberal decision is an emotional decision. Again, with the Jena 6 incident Black people marched out of emotion without really knowing the FACTS FIRST. While I was disappointed at the whole thing in general, I wanted to learn the facts first and come up with concrete solutions. We need a holistic approach to eradicating poverty, racism and sexism and solving the problems we face.
My friend, Quanicia Wilson, sums it up:
The media are almost entirely to blame for this. All too ready to assume the worst of whites, all too happy to encourage blacks to scream "racism," they have, in effect, driven them to ask for freedom for thugs who knocked a boy down and stomped him as he lay unconscious. This is what "civil rights" now means for the NAACP and the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
I am not interested in Jena 6 saga at all. Sorry. We have other business to handle other than getting caught up on emotional media brainwashing.