Jena - Searching For Facts

My search for facts was prompted by this post by my friend Eric at Classical Values. I have found a few.

First off let me say that of all the main stream reporters so far Jason Whitlock has actually done his homework.

Now we love Mychal Bell, the star of the 2006 Jena (La.) High School football team, the teenage boy who has sat in jail since December for his role in a six-on-one beatdown of a fellow student.

Thursday, thousands of us, proud African-Americans, expressed our devotion to and desire to see justice for the "Jena Six," the half-dozen black students who knocked unconscious, kicked and stomped a white classmate.

Jesse Jackson compared Thursday's rallies in Jena to the protests and marches that used to take place in cities like Selma, Ala., in the 1960s. Al Sharpton claimed Thursday's peaceful demonstrations were to highlight racial inequities in the criminal justice system.

Jesse and Al, as they're prone to do, served a kernel of truth stacked on a mountain of lies.

There are undeniable racial and economic inequities in our criminal justice system, and from afar the "Jena Six" rallies certainly looked and felt like the righteous protests of the 1960s.

But the reality is Thursday's protests are just another sign that we remain deeply locked in denial about the path we need to travel today for true American liberation, equality and power in the new millennium.

He has way more. RTWT.

Althouse complains that she can't seem to get a straight story from the Big Liars Media. Yep. The Narrative has taken over and there is not much truth to be found.

So let me start with the nooses that are supposed to be an ignored hate crime. This seems like a credible report from a local:

The square at Jena High School has been known for the center of school spirit and/or pranks for many years. I've seen everything from "funerals" of opponent football teams to the tree and surrounding area covered with toilet tissue. Jena High School is known for themed activities surrounding football games. This particular week, JHS was playing a team in which the mascot is Cowboys! Hence, the nooses in the tree..."hang'em high!" Not for one moment did the thought of racism cross my mind or the majority of the others. It was football season. We were playing the cowboys. The kids, girls and boys, wore boots to school and had a western themed pep rally! Nooses = cowboys and horse theives in my world. Maybe I've watched too much Gunsmoke, but racism was not even a thought. Due to the reaction of ADULTS in the black community, not the kids at the school, the boys were suspended. The entire punishment for those boys was never published because of the confidentiality of the issue. However, the boys were suspended. They and
their families were required to go to counseling. The boys had hours of community service. The boys and their families continue to receive threatening phone calls, but yet no one has addressed that issue.
It seems like an excessive punishment for excessive school spirit. There is more. RTWT

Eddie Thompson, a pastor in Jena, seems to have been ambushed by the drive by media.

The truth is no longer important. Jena is officially the poster child for prejudice and bigotry in the south. America found a perfect, flawless lamb to be offered on its national altar of racism. Practically drooling with anticipation, reporters and professional race-crusaders poured into the small southern town of Jena, where the country accents are as thick as the pines that cover the rolling hills of central Louisiana. With such severe charges placed upon the six black students known as the "Jena Six," the logical conclusion was "racism." Any inconvenient facts that contradict that conclusion have been dismissed in an Orwellian attempt to shape this story into "Mississippi Burning" revisited. The "Jena Six" can thank their lucky stars that it was a white student and not a bulldog they are accused of beating then stomping on December 4, 2006. Otherwise, PETA and the national media may have pounced on them with the same vitriol afforded Michael Vick. Instead, Jena certainly has a color problem now: black and white and yellow--prejudice, bigotry, and slanted journalism.

My name is Eddie Thompson. I am the white pastor referenced by Howard Witt of the Chicago Tribune in his article that forced the story of the "Jena Six" onto the national stage. On December 8, 2006, when I wrote my article concerning racism in Jena Louisiana I believed that perhaps the biggest obstacle to our town's prosperous future was the ignorance of prejudice and bigotry. I am now convinced that the biggest enemy to our future as a whole community has become the misinformation, lies, and prejudice of a national media that refuses to seek out the truth concerning the events of last fall. My evolution forces me to voice the concerns of the majority of our town who believe that any interview or statement given to the media will simply be twisted and mangled to support the forgone conclusion that we are nothing but country hicks, rednecks, who have no compassion on the minorities in our community. Most of the white community would not be content with me being such a mouthpiece for their perspective, but since they won't speak, I'll do my best to speak for them. The following are questions and statements I've heard privately from the white community:

Yep. The Narrative has taken over.

Eddie also had this to say about athletic privilege:

The "Jena Six" have repeatedly been held up as heroes by much of the race-based community and called "innocent students" by the national media. Some of these students have reputations in Jena for intimidating and sometimes beating other students. They have vandalized and destroyed both school property and community property. Some of the Jena Six have been involved in crimes not only in LaSalle Parish but also in surrounding parishes. For the most part, coaches and other adults have prevented them from being held accountable for the reign of terror they have presided over in Jena. Despite intervention by adults wanting to give them chances due their athletic potential, most of the Jena Six have extensive juvenile records. Yet their parents keep insisting that their children have never been in trouble before. These boys did not receive prejudicial treatment but received preferential treatment until things got out of hand.
He has more. Much more. RTWT.

Here is a time line that gives the barest outline of events. They seem to be missing a lot of nuance. I have already provided some. I'm probably missing things. However, we are at least getting a little closer to the "truth" which is ultimately unknowable. A complete dissertation on epistemology is for another day.

The Naked Emperor, a former resident of Jena has a few words. Among them:

Was charging the alleged assailants racist? I find no evidence of it. If a victim chooses to press charges, and there is sufficient evidence to support those charges, it is the duty of the District Attorney to file said charges. That is a matter of law.

At one point, the alleged assailants were charged with attempted murder. Even a cursatory glance at the situation shows those charges to be unwarranted, and they were not pressed. But there does seem to be enough evidence to bring the current charges.

And are the alleged assailants guilty? I have no clue. That's a matter of fact, not law, for a jury to decide.

And while we are on the subject of the jury, one of the assailants has already been tried. Much has been made of the fact that the jury was all white. But of the 150 people receiving jury summons, only 50 showed up, and there were no blacks in that number. Sorry, but lack of performance of civic duty is not the DA's fault.

Man The Narrative is just falling apart. I hate it when that happens.

Cross Posted at Power and Control and at The Astute Bloggers

posted by Simon on 09.23.07 at 06:22 AM


One thing getting lost in all this is STANDARD

Gregory   ·  September 24, 2007 3:43 PM

Sorry, let me try again. What is being missed here is the STANDARD practice of prosecutors overcharging defendants. We are being told the fact that the suspects were charged with attemped murder is evidence of racism. No, prosecutors overcharge defendants ALL THE TIME in an effort to get them to plead guilty to lesser charges, saving the prosecutor the time and effort of bringing the case to trial. This could be viewed as either being "too busy" or "too lazy", but it's not racism. Here in my community, while the SWAT team was breaking down a door at 5 in the morning to arrest an 18 year-old drug dealer at his parents house, they came across the kids father, armed with a gun, who thought his house was being broken into. A home-invasion robbery had recently been in the news. In an event of pure luck, the father realized the men coming thru the door were police and pointed his gun away but still pulled the trigger and shot his couch. He was charged with 4 counts of attempted murder, one for each of the SWAT cops entering his house. He fired the gun once and was charged with trying to kill 4 cops. The state eventually ordered the charges dismissed. In coverage of Jena the ONLY story is racism. My favorite so far is the "all-white" jury, with the media ignoring the fact that no black folk bothered to show up for jury duty in the first place.

Gregory   ·  September 24, 2007 4:13 PM

So has Heather Mac Donald done her homework that is.

mal   ·  September 25, 2007 2:43 PM

Heather Mac Donald speaks the truth:

"No one in the Jena stampede dares whisper a word about black crime, because it undercuts the portrait of a victimized race. You can listen to every protest across the country glorifying the “Jena Six” and you will never hear an acknowledgement of the massive social breakdown that is the black crime rate: no mention of the violence in inner-city schools that black students commit overwhelmingly; no mention of the rising homicides in midsize cities that young black males commit when they feel “disrespected.” It is not racism that is putting black men in jail; it’s their own behavior"

mal   ·  September 25, 2007 6:17 PM

Meanwhile the mainstream media continues to ignore real crimes committed by real people, when the criminals are black and the victims are white. Imagine if a gang of young white men had kidnapped a young black couple on a date, raped the woman repeatedly in front of the man, gang-sodomized the man in front of the woman, sodomized the woman anally and orally, poured caustic chemicals down her throat, then murdered both of them, with the man's body tossed like a candy wrapper by the railroad tracks and the woman's body left in an apartment trash can.

The mainstream media would go insane, that's what would happen. But that isn't what happened in Knoxville, because the multiple criminals were black and the 20-something couple on their first date were white. Nothing to see here, nope. Not news. No pot-banging university faculty, no flying visits from Al Sharpton. Just two innocent people tortured to death, because they had the "wrong" color of skin for the part of town they were in.

And that ain't news, because of the color of their skin.

knoxville   ·  October 9, 2007 4:09 PM

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