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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Deny!! Deny!! Deny!!

What the hell is wrong with people? Do they honestly believe that if they deny the truth, people will just forget about what happened? Apparently, the mayor of Jena thinks so!!

Jena mayor calls song inflammatory

JENA, La. - A video in which rapper-actor Mos Def asked students around the country to walk out Oct. 1 to support the "Jena Six" escaped comment by this town's mayor. But when John Mellencamp sang, "Jena, take your nooses down," he took issue.

"The town of Jena has for months been mischaracterized in the media and portrayed as the epicenter of hatred, racism and a place where justice is denied," Jena Mayor Murphy R. McMillin wrote in a statement on town letterhead faxed on Friday to The Associated Press.

He said he had previously stayed quiet, hoping that the town's courtesy to people who have visited over the past year would speak for itself. "However, the Mellencamp video is so inflammatory, so defamatory, that a line has been crossed and enough is enough."

Mellencamp could not comment immediately because he was on a plane from California to Indiana and had not heard about McMillin's comments, publicist Bob Merlis said late Friday.

A brief note from Mellencamp posted Thursday on his Web site says he is telling a story, not reporting. "The song is not written as an indictment of the people of Jena but, rather, as a condemnation of racism," it says.

Nooses hung briefly from a big oak tree outside Jena High School a year ago, after a black freshman asked whether black students could sit under it. A white student was beaten unconscious three months later, in December.

Six black students, four of them 17 years old and legally adults, were arrested. Five were initially charged with attempted murder, although that charge has been reduced to aggravated second-degree battery as four of the older youths have been arraigned. The only youth tried so far was convicted, but that conviction was overturned on appeal and the case was sent to juvenile court.

Mellencamp's song opens, "An all-white jury hides the executioner's face; See how we are, me and you?" As he sings, images of Jena, the high school and the tree are followed by video from the 1960s, including civil rights marchers, police beatings, and President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King speaking. Still images include one of a protest sign reading, "God demands segregation," a stylized drawing of people in Ku Klux Klan robes and an older image of a black man in shackles, begging.

"I do not want to diminish the impression that the hanging of the nooses has had on good people," McMillin wrote. "I do recognized that what happened is insulting and hurtful."

But, he said, "To put the incident in Jena in the same league as those who were murdered in the 1960s cheapens their sacrifice and insults their memory."

At McMillin's request, the Jena Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to create an interracial committee to study racial relations and suggest solutions to any problems.

What is so offensive about the truth? Mellencamp was simply telling the WORLD to take down their nooses. He may have said Jena. But he wasn't talking about Jena and only Jena.

I always love how someone points out what's happening, and all of a sudden it's the media's fault that people are paying attention. All of a sudden, what's happening is being "mischaracterized".

Nobody said that Jena was the epicenter of racism, hatred, and a place where justice is denied. But Jena does have racism, hatred, and justice WAS DENIED!! What else would you call an unfair system of justice if black people receive harsher charges and punishments than white people who commit the same crimes? Justice certainly isn't blind to the color of somebody's skin, and it's not just in Jena!! It's everywhere.

The mayor should stop pissing and moaning about Jena getting a bad rap, and do something to change that image. Ensure that every person in Jena is treated equally in the eyes of the law. Put an end to racism in Jena. Put an end to hatred in Jena. He can start with ending the denial that there's something wrong in Jena. There clearly is because otherwise nobody would know a damn thing about Jena!!

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  • At 4:15 AM, Anonymous scott said…

    In the video several acts of violence were depicted. However one picture was not in the video. The Jena 6 were included but not the seventh. The boyy who got beat down. If you are going to tell a story at least tell the whole story. The Jena 6 were arrested not because they were black but because they beat someone unconsious. Doesn't that story of racism and hate need to be included?

  • At 6:18 PM, Blogger ParisL0ve2 said…

    Yes Scott, let's tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!! Shall we?

    Mychal Bell, the one accused of throwing the punch that knocked Justin Barker out, is not the one responsible for that according to the only ADULT witness. Had Coach Benjy Lewis been called to testify, he would have testified to that fact. He said, "Justin Barker was facing me when Malcolm Shaw (not Mychal Bell) struck Barker from behind. I saw Malcolm Shaw hit Justin Barker with his right fist to the right side of Justin's head, right around the temple. Justin went down face first, knocked out."

    Several people testified that the person who knocked out Justin Barker was wearing a green jacket. Mychal Bell was wearing a BLACK JACKET. Thus, it shows more evidence that he wasn't the attacker.

    The victim and his family had lunch with witnesses that testified against Mychal Bell. Um, hello!! Witness tampering!!

    One of the jury members knows the victim's father. Um, hello!! Conflict of interest!!

    Take your blinders off Scott!! This was SO about race, it's not even funny!! If it's not about race, how do you explain the fact that a white adult beat the hell out of Robert Bailey, a black teenager, and didn't face arrest or charges?

    If this isn't about race, how do you explain the prosecutor coming to the high school in September 2006 before the fight took place, and directed his comment of "with the stroke of my pen, I can take your lives away" at the Jena 6 and only the Jena 6?

    If this isn't about race, how do you explain that a HATE CRIME was allowed to take place and was laughed off as a childish prank? Hanging a noose isn't a childish prank. It is a hate crime. It is a threat of violence. Yet, since it was three white little punks, they were let off with a three day suspension. Had it been three black kids, you better damn well believe that they would have not only been kicked out of school but their asses would have been thrown in jail.

    Nobody said that they were arrested because they were black. Clearly you don't pay attention. The justice system isn't color blind. You can't argue with me that black people are more likely to receive a harsh sentence than white people charged with the same crime. It's not just black people either. It's Hispanics. It's Native Americans. It's Asians. It's everyone but a white person.

    You can't argue with me that none of this was about race because it sure as hell was, and it still is!!

  • At 12:04 AM, Anonymous scott said…

    Hey Paris,
    good post however I would like to point out a couple of things.

    Regardless of who threw the knock out punch they all participated therefore they are equally responsible.Remember if you particapate in a crime you are responsible for everything that happens in the course of the crime.Take the man who ran from the police and the news choppers crashed. He is responsible for the crashes
    The victim and his family had lunch with witnesses. He is the victum not the accused. He has a right to continue with his normal life.
    One of the jury members knows the victim's father. In jury selection each attorney has a right to question and remove any juror that they don't like. Since you know of the relationship it was almost certainly disclosed during the selection process. The defense attorney could of dismissed the juror but he did not.
    The prosecutor came to the school and waved his pen at the school , he didn't single the Jena 6 out because at that point there wasn't such a thing as the jena 6 because the fight hadn't taken place. While i don't agree with his conduct he was probably trying to head off what came about.
    Hanging a noose isn't a hate crime by itself. If so come Halloween alot of people are in trouble including stores that sell props.
    While I don't agree with a noose hanging to say that they should of been arrested for a hate crime is to much. Now the 2 who drove past the crowd with the nooses should be.
    Robert Bailey has a right to take a warrant out on his attacker but he hasn't.
    Instead of taking the high moral ground he has posted pictures of himself with bling and cash he has received an his page. Its his right to do so but I wonder how the donors of the money feel about it?
    Now about hate crimes and symbols.
    In the protest march I saw LOTS of nooses,white sheet costumes, and other symbols of hate. Shouldn't they be guilty of a hate crime? I don't think so but they did display it.
    'You can't argue with me that black people are more likely to receive a harsh sentence than white people charged with the same crime." No I won't but I will say that just because you aren't of the " Caucasian persuasion" doesn't mean that you will automaticlly be found guilty. The jury found him guilty because he did the deed not because of his skin color. Those days are LONG gone. Take O.J. and Micheal Jackson. Both "probably" did it and both walked. Granted they are famous but they are also both black

  • At 3:14 PM, Blogger ParisL0ve2 said…

    I love your reasoning. Your reasoning is INSANE.

    On a side note, how in the hell can someone be responsible for a news helicopter crashing simply because he was on the run from police? He's not!! It wasn't his fault that the chopper crashed. That was pilot error. One pilot knew that there was another helicopter in his air space. Yet he proceeded with his flight and went straight up, crashing into the other chopper. That is not the fault of the man running from the cops.

    If you think I'm full of shit, listen to the legal experts. Every legal expert that they have talked to about that case says that there is no legal ground to file charges against the man for the helicopter crash. They have said that the prosecutors have overstepped their bounds by doing so, and that they will have a very hard time trying to get a conviction for this crock of shit.

    You miss the point about Mychal Bell. During his trial, the prosecutor pointed the finger at him. He said that Mychal Bell was the one who threw the punch that knocked Justin Barker out. His theory is false. Thus, his accusations are false. And if Mychal Bell didn't throw the punch that knocked Justin Barker out, he can't be charged with assault. There is no case if he didn't throw the punch. Nobody said that he did anything else other than throwing the knockout punch.

    Clearly you know nothing about law because if you did you wouldn't be arguing that it's perfectly okay for the victim and his family to be having lunch at the courthouse with the witnesses in this case. It is called TAMPERING WITH WITNESSES. They could have been telling the witnesses what to say. Thus, the testimony from those witnesses should have been thrown out of court on the basis that their testimony had the potential to be tainted.

    The prosecutor didn't come to school and wave his pen at the entire school. He directed his comments DIRECTLY AT THE JENA 6 and nobody else!! Period!!

    Keep deluding yourself though that justice is equal for all!!


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