Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fresh from someone else's blog!

Thanks Francis.

Discussion of the Decisions of the Appeals Court in State of Louisiana v. Mychal D. Bell (The Jena Six Case, Working Draft)


Francis L. Holland Blog said...

Thank you!

These things are impossible to predict with certainty, but my take after reading the decisions of the Appeals Court and the new reports is that the Juvenile Court (and the prosecutor) are in open revolt against the Appeals Court, flouting its decisions like Governor Faubus standing in the way of the integration of the Arkansas schools 50 years ago.

The defense is going to go back to the Appeals Court and the Appeals Court seems to have indicated that it will at least give a good hearing to the defense.

Jena is making Louisiana look really bad internationally, and the Appeals Court has to be sensitive to that, since its job is to maintain the credibility of the state's justice system. We have to keep up the pressure trying Jena and the whole state of Louisiana, and its public officials, in the court of public opinion.

P.J. said...

The thing I don't understand about the Jena 6 (or at least the quotes in the media coverage) is the officials (from the school, local police, or local government) saying "This is not related to race".


Some kids put nooses on a tree! There is a aura of problems between white and black in the school. And if the presence of thousands of protesters didn't tip you off, how about the redneck retards riding around the protesters in a pickup truck with nooses hanging off the back?

Pure idiocy and (I think) proof that the world is becoming split into troglodytes that refuse to leave the past behind and move forward as a human race, and people that admit there are problems and but would rather see them worked out than stand behind the curtain of history.

Anonymous said...

Jena, La, as is the reflection and projection of many areas inside this country. If real change is to come, then we as a people must come to the realization that people change the times and not vice-versa. I hope you and all your readers feel me on this statement. Things can be fair and just, if human beings desire them to be. The burning question is—-Do enough human beings want fairness and justice for all people?

Finally, the pictures that the Jena 6 expose lay bear an America the beautiful as a very ugly place that few, black or white, want to acknowledge exist. It is appropriate here to suggest that real solutions to these and other pressing social, political and legal problems can only come about through honest and open dialogue, even if this dialogue runs counter to one’s previously held beliefs concerning the freedoms, racial harmony and democratic virtues often espoused, but consistently seldom practiced where Black people are concerned, by American leaders.
Although our "so-called" leaders, and those who control the media and power institutions of this nation believe and act otherwise, I believe it is always better to tell the sad truth than it is to repeat or invent a merry lie so that the sensibilities or emotions of certain classes of people are not in some way damaged.

P.S. As the dawn of each new day begins, all our people must remember the words of the great Fredrick Douglas

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning."

”America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.”
Lakeith Amir-Sharif (Sharif)

Francis L. Holland Blog said...

No relationship to "race"?

Some white people would insist that chocolate cake has no relationship to chocolate milk and chocolate cookies!

Muze said...

heyyyy just breezing through. hope all is well.