I Dream of Jena


Despite what earnest coeds with terribly ironic names (speak Leslie’s name out loud) say, the media has been covering the story of the Jena 6. To the point where I can turn on the television without hearing about it. I’m pretty sure that the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton would cease to exist if there were no such thing as cable news.

Yeah, some dumbass kids hung some nooses from a tree. Without a doubt that’s an odious and offensive exercise in free speech. I equate it with flag-burning. It makes me angry until I consider the source. What it doesn’t do is excuse violent behavior. Although it might help explain it a little.

Stomping some asshole who burns the flag or puts up a noose is one of those things that is understandable but can’t be excused. As a matter of fact, getting arrested for assault should be the expected outcome.

You can go ahead and leave the argument about how what the “lynchin’ noose” represents at the back of the bus. Seamus Sarcastro was strung up by the neck for stealing chickens in 1842 back on the Isle of Skye. Wyatt Sarcastro met the same fate for chicken rustling in the Arizona Territory. What this has to do with me is absolutely nothing. Except that I love chicken. It’s so versatile!

Today’s high school kids weren’t born when Thriller came out. They have the same connection to, say, the Emmet Till case that I have to the sinking of the Lusitania.

Although, if a German submarine crewed entirely by chickens surface off the coast looking to string me up next time I go to the beach, I’m gonna have a total freak out.

I used to have a friend who had what any reasonable person would call an ‘unenlightened’ view on race. His views on black people made me look like Morris Dees (as portrayed by Wayne Rogers). My friend was driving to California one summer for reasons that still aren’t clear. He called me from a pay phone off the interstate.

“I just drove through Selma. What a shithole.”

“What makes you say that?”

“This town is a dump. As far as I’m concerned, the niggers can have this place.”

My advice to the young black folks of Jena is to get the last laugh. Move away from that shithole as soon as you can. Small towns without young people are doomed. If Jena wants to live in the past, there is no reason why you should be forced to do so as well. Let the town of Jena wither and die on the vine like strange fruit hanging from a tree.

As far as I’m concerned, the crackers can have that place.

Update:  Well, well,well.  Out of a thousand reporters who swarmed Jena, the number of reporters who looked beyond the hyperbole is, apparently, one.  Turns out this story is a little more complex than we were led to believe.

From this example we can extrapolate as a general rule of thumb the chance that the media got any particular story right: 1000-to-1.


7 Responses to “I Dream of Jena”

  1. Exador Says:

    I made the mistake of pointing out on B’s blog that, amidst all the ‘injustice’, nobody’s mentioning that the ‘Jena 6’ sucker-punched a guy in the back of the head, then proceeded to stomp on him, even after he lost consciousness.
    I guess I’m just like Hitler.
    After looking around a bit, I found a few more tidbits.

    For this incident, ‘victim’ Mychal Bell was brought before the court for the third time on assault charges in a two-year span. Hell, Bell was already on probation for assault when he was accused of participating in Barker’s attack.

    A black U.S. attorney, Don Washington, investigated the “Jena Six” case and concluded that the attack on Barker had absolutely nothing to do with the noose-hanging incident three months before. The nooses and two off-campus incidents were tied to Barker’s assault by people wanting to gain sympathy for the “Jena Six” in reaction to Walters’ extreme charges of attempted murder.

  2. Ron Says:

    So basically Exador found Jason Whitlock’s KC Star column. I loves me some Whitlock.

  3. Exador Says:

    Guilty. Might I also point out that, from his column picture, Mr Whitlock’s skin tone doesn’t reflect nearly as much light as mine, so he’s not writing from a racist viewpoint, in case anyone thought I just found an aryan nation source.

  4. Sarcastro Says:

    You can’t be surprised that the opinions over at B’s aren’t based in fact, but knee-jerk emotions and guilty white liberal pandering.

  5. sistasmiff Says:

    That part of Louisiana is a dump. Sorry, but, it is. My mother is from up the road in Alexandria. Racism is still very strong down there. Thing is, and I can post this here and Sarcastro, you won’t eat me for breakfast but the black people down there are different than black people here. I can here the ranting liberals gasping as I write this but they’re …I don’t know the best word to describe it, but, it’s almost like it’s still 1940 both with the whites and blacks.

    I’m not saying it’s a good thing to be racist and it is certainly horrendous to tie anybody, no matter what color they are, to a noose or tree or whatever it was they did. It is very bad. I guess what I’m trying to say here (and failing miserably) is that it’s just crappy there.

    My aunt, who lived in that area her entire 77 years was so racist. I remember her telling me one time that black people were “Taking over the world!” She told me I was going to have to “answer” for listening to Michael Jackson (this was during the “Thriller” era.) I was rather horrified to hear her say that and couldn’t believe my ears but looking back and knowing what it’s like there, I understand why she felt that way. If I lived around that, I’d probably be like that. Maybe “uncivilized” is a better term.

  6. Ron Says:

    Whitlock is definitely as black on TV as he looks in his column photo. Maybe more. Since he left ESPN his reporting has gotten so much better it’s not even funny.

    Sista, some kids hung a noose from a tree on campus that white kids hung out under, and they’re trying to tie that to a stomping that happened months down the road in order to drudge up sympathy for the criminals in question. But yeah, most of Louisiana/Mississippi is like a third-world country to me. And this is a guy whose state contains a significant portion of Appalachia.

  7. peptodismal Says:

    If the races of the perps and victim were reversed, whaddaya wanna bet that Reverend would be screaming for the death penalty and the present hoopla wold pale beside the outcry? Hipocrasy thy name is Al. Chris Rock, please weigh in.

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