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September 20th, 2007

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10:57 pm - The incident in Jena, Louisiana
Read this:
ColorOfChange.org's take on the events.

Now read this:
Wiki's take on the events.

A few conjectures:
1. ColorOfChange.org's article is extremely biased. Many of its citations come from a truthout.org article which doesn't cite many of its sources.
2. wiki's article is less biased, if biased at all.

Consider that if ColorOfChange.org's description is closer to the truth, then our society is backward because of racism.

If wiki's take is closer to the truth, then our society is backward because of our tendency to associate motives which aren't there.

In any event, it seems to me that the six committed a crime and ought to be punished for it, regardless of who went unpunished for their crimes.

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Date:September 25th, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)
Been meaning to comment on this since the first day you posted this. Sorry for the lateness.

I don't exactly hate to admit this, but you are right. I mean, I had thought about it before I even made the post on my journal. You beat somebody up, you're going to jail; it's the law. The degree of the punishment, however, is disproportionate to the crime and definitely cause for alarm. The sentence should be less extreme.

My other problem with this is the fact that there were people who got away with their crimes, most of them white - which stands as proof of racism and of there being a favoritism towards whites. If the Jena 6 are going to be punished, then everyone else who committed the crimes that lead up to this sad affair need to get their comeuppance as well.

It's just really sad, though, because none of that is likely going to happen.

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