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‘Jena 6′ a ‘teachable moment’

September 20, 2007

Enough is enough with the social injustice. Bus loads of protestors travel to Jena,La.

It is considered to be the 21st Century Civil Rights movement. Wake Up Hip Hop Community. We need some of our entertainers to wake up.

A little background for those that do not know, the Jena 6 are six Black students who face the possibility of going to prison for many, many years because of a schoolyard fight. Almost a year, in the small town of Jena, Louisiana a group of Black students sat under a “whites-only” tree in the schoolyard. Apparently, this upset some of the white students who on the next day put up nooses hanging from the tree.

Jena 6
Watch The early viewing of the trial The Jena 6

Soon after the nooses were hung, most of the 93 Black students (out of a total student enrollment of 546) at Jena High School stood together under the tree, in a courageous act of protest. After this, a school assembly was called where a white district attorney told the Black students to keep their mouths shut about the nooses. He told them if he heard anything else about it, he “can make their lives go away with the stroke of his pen.”

This eventually led to a fight that sent one white student to the hospital and six Black students to jail and that’s when all hell broke loose.

The Jena 6 are Robert Bailey (17), Theo Shaw (17), Carwin Jones (18), Bryant Purvis (17), Mychal Bell (16) and an unidentified minor. All were expelled from school, arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder. Bail was set so high — between $70,000 and $138,000 — that the they were left in prison for months as families went deep into debt to release them.

First, it’s not breaking news that racism against Black people is alive and well in America.