Hopefully they'll all get off so that it might set a legal precedent for when me and 5 of my friends want to take the way out and roll one person whenever we feel like it there might not be any repercussions.
ed after students hung nooses from a tree, which was dismissed as a harmless prank by the superintendent. Those responsible received three day suspensions. When black students so much as sat under this same tree in protest, the district attorney paid the school a visit. Was he there to condemn the cowardly act of hanging nooses from a tree? No. He showed up to intimidate the protesters, chiding them and warning that "I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."
This whole sad incident is BEYOND flagrant. If Americans can't even acknowledge THIS as racism, then what the heck is? This is a classic example of "southern justice," Jim Crow style.
He showed up to intimidate the protesters, chiding them and warning that "I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."
This protest is even bigger than Jena 6.... this is a CULMINATION of a few Jim Crow style cases here recently...
Including Marcus Dixon in GA....
Meth: Do you have an online non-special interest news source that breaks down the events w/o obvious bias in either direction? The different sources I've read seem to conflict with each other as to some of the events.
No matter what source you're reading, there's a great deal here to be concerned about.
yep, Bell did have priors as you can read about in this article www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070825/NEWS03/708250353
all I need to see was the end of this article to see the bias..
Town Talk reporter Bob Tompkins contributed to this report.
You are speaking the truth Method Man, but what I don't understand is how some Americans can act as if this isn't going on, mostly white, but still....they speak of it as if it's in a history book, this is todays history and we all, no matter what color need to come together and see this for what it is, RACISM.
It's tough to call. All we can do is speculate, but generally I've found that the only sort of racism that most people are willing to acknowledge is OVERT and indisputable racism: i.e. the murder of James Byrd, the harassment of Vietnamese shrimpers by the KKK back in the 80's, thus and so. If there's any possible avenue for denial, whether real or imagined, many people will take it.
For example, most of us can recognize the racism present in the response to Katrina - many Americans deny that. Most of us can easily recognize the racial factor in the killing of Amadou Diallo - many Americans still insist that it was either an innocent mistake that had nothing to do with race or that he somehow brought it on himself by "acting nervous" or something stupid.
It's psychological. Many people do NOT experience racism on a daily basis or even on a regular basis. Race isn't an issue for them EVEN when they're behaving in ways the subconsciously assert and enforce racism on others. So, the only time they experience racial discomfort is when someone raises the issue and, then, because they don't experience it and acknowledging it would DRAMATICALLY alter their world-view, conscience, and even self-esteem. Remember, most people have had the "american dream" sense of individualism ingrained in their minds from an early age. They believe that they've earned EVERYTHING they receive in life, to suggest to them that they may be recipients of unearned privilege is to powerfully damage their self-image and some of their most deeply rooted beliefs about our society.
In this case, a crime was committed and most people will cling to that. They'll say "oh, well what are you complaining about? If you assault someone you SHOULD go to jail," just as sentencing disparities (i.e. mandatory minimums), racial profiling, et al. fail to elicit sympathy in that the victims, in these cases, are accused of criminal behavior and, whether guilty or not, the sheer stigma of being charged with a crime causes many people to lose any and all sympathy for them. Remember, many people, based on their direct experiences, feel as though you'll NEVER have ANY problem with the police unless you've done something wrong.
People experience America SO differently that what makes perfect logical sense to you or me couldn't appear further from the truth to someone else.
The catch, of course, is that everyone knows what America is SUPPOSED to be like, ideally. We know how police officers are SUPPOSED to treat people. We know how real estate agents are SUPPOSED to operate. So, people who actually experience discrimination directly (or are, at minimum, conscious of it) are capable of viewing America from multiple perspectives while those who ONLY experience the ideal can't conceive of anything else. Unless, of course, they simply accept other points of view as valid and not mutually exclusive.
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