In what should have been a non-issue, thousands of
blacks protesters gathered in Jena, Louisiana on Thursday to show support for the “Jena 6”, six black teens charged in the beating of a white classmate. Thursday was the day Mychal Bell expected to find out his punishment for his alleged role in the beating. “This is a march for justice. This is not a march against whites or against Jena,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, a loud and annoying black, anti civil rights activist and one of the protest organizers.
Sharpton called Jena the beginning of the 21st century civil rights movement.
“[Rev. Martin Luther] King went to Selma. That wasn’t the only place you couldn’t vote. That was the point of action,” Sharpton said. “They went to Birmingham. That wasn’t the only place we didn’t have public accommodations. It was the point of action. “Jena is a point of action for the Jenas everywhere,” Sharpton said.
At 8 a.m. ET, a Louisiana state patrol officer said five tour buses were being allowed into the town every 12 minutes. The controlled influx of buses resulted in having buses lined up as far as could be seen in both directions on Route 49, reported CNN.com‘s Eliott McLaughlin, who was riding on a bus that had traveled from Los Angeles for the event.
Demonstrators are protesting what they say are excessive criminal charges and bond amounts for the teens. One of the teens, Bell, who is 17 years old, has been in prison since his arrest in December.
“It breaks our heart to see him handcuffed and in leg shackles,” Sharpton said. “But his spirit is high. He has said that he is very encouraged to know that thousands are coming to this town to stand up for him and his five friends.”
The teens were initially charged with attempted murder after they
allegedly knocked out Justin Barker — a white classmate — while stomping and kicking him during a school fight on December 4, 2006. Barker was taken to a hospital with injuries to both eyes and ears, as well as cuts. His right eye had blood clots, said his mother, Kelli Barker.
LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters urged the world not to forget the victim in the case. “The injury done to him and threats to his survival have become less than a footnote,” Walters said Wednesday. “This case has not, never has been about race. It’s about finding justice for an innocent victim, holding people accountable for their actions. That is what it’s about,” he said.
Five of the
black teens were charged as adults. Bell was the first to face felony charges.
Of course the main cause of the problems and protests has been everyone’s least favorite and most annoying political-wanna-be, Reverend Al. Alfred Charles “Al” Sharpton Jr (or just Sharpton) has run unsuccessfully for elected office on multiple occasions. Sharpton ran for a United States Senate seat from New York in 1988, 1992, and 1994. In 1997, he ran for Mayor of New York City. If you see some sort of pattern, it’s that Sharpton seems to march better than he runs.
You all know Sharpton of course, he’s the guy that seems to always be marching yet is somehow still fat. Sharpton has also spoken out against cruelty to animals in a video recorded for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). He also joined in a group statement against animal cruelty, during the Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation. In fact, if you are an animal then Sharpton is your biggest supporter… and now back to his supporting the “Jena 6”.
This is not what Reverend Martin Luther King stood for, and I can’t imagine he would ever condone the beating of children of any race.
When is a hate crime not a hate crime…