Some thoughts on the Jenna 6

19 10 2007

Just some thoughts on the Jenna 6

The first problem is the “whites only tree” stupid thinking like that should be ridiculed. I’m a forty years old and thought that crap had went out of style before I hit kindergarten. Parents of Jenna, you forgot to teach your children well. Apparently stupidity really is forever!

The second problem is the children that decided to hang the nooses. You are reprehensible idiots. If the 6 children that were charged for assault had caught you in the act of putting up a symbol of oppression, I think the ass kicking you brats would have received would have been funny. I also believe that this would have been a non issue. Any decent prosecutor would have laughed at you while in traction. Stupidity that results in self inflicted violence is hysterical. Check out the Darwin Awards. You thought it would be funny to play Jr. Klansmen? You three are pathetic reprobates. You should be responsible for the physical damage your actions caused.

The last problem is the “six”. You attacked another student, who as far as I am aware, was not one of the noose hangers. You let loose your anger and violence on a child that was innocent. You need to be punished, for that and that alone. The first and second problems do not absolve you of your guilt. Quit hiding behind the civil rights movement, John Mellencamp and the Liberal elements that say beating another child is not your fault.

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20 10 2007
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A few years ago, a revival of interest in the music of Billie Holiday and her song, “Strange Fruit,” generated articles that drew attention to the “lynch law” era that predated the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s, but these articles appeared mostly in scholarly journals, which most American don’t read. Copycat noose-hangings are now occurring across the country because few Americans associated nooses with racist sentiments until the Jena High School incident created national headlines.

Nooses can be racist or not, depending on the context. The hangman noose has been a symbol of dread and foreboding since the middle ages. It’s the card you don’t want to draw from a pack of Tarot cards. Hangman nooses have been incorporated into Halloween displays for decades. (Halloween Magazine even post instructions for tying nooses on its website at http://www.halloweenmagazine.com) A few years ago, a woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree in her front yard. Unfortunately, she chose Halloween eve to end her life. Her body dangled for days in full view of passerbys who thought it was part of the Halloween decorations. Today, she would be cut down and charged with a hate crime.

Are we to ban such classic western movies as Lonesome Dove, The Hanging Tree, and The Oxbow Incident simply because nooses play an important role in them. The hunt for nooses is turning into a witch hunt with often ludicrous results. The U.S. Army announced yesterday that it had ended its investigation into a noose-hanging incident at Anniston Army Depot. The “noose” turned out to have been a tie-day that had fallen from a truck delivering supplies to the depot.
The three Jena High School students who hung the nooses claim they did not realize that nooses have racist connotations. They claim they were merely replicating the famous lynching scene from Lonesome Dove, in which Texas Rangers string up with outlaws. This claim has been ridiculed by just about everyone, except those who actually investigated the incident. According to the Jena Times, state Welfare Supervisor Melinda Edwards said it might surprise everyone to learn that the three students did not have knowledge of black history in relation to that hanging of black citizens in the south during the civil rights movement.

“We discussed this in great detail with those students,” Edwards said. “They honestly had no knowledge of the history concerning nooses and black citizens. This may seem hard to believe for some people, but this is exactly what everyone on the committee determined.”

She also said that once the historical significance of the nooses was revealed to the students and how it was considered a tremendous insult to those of the black race, they showed great remorse. “When they were told about the historical relevance of the nooses and how others would interpret their actions, they really were very remorseful,” she said. “I can honestly say that these boys regretted tremendously ever hanging those nooses.”

The myth that a “white tree” reserved, officially or unofficially, for white students existed at Jena High School has been throughly debunked. Jena High School administrators, teachers and students say students of both races congregated from time to time beneath the tree. The black student who asked permission to sit beneath the tree posed the question in jest. The assistant principal did not give him permission to sit beneath the tree, she told him “you know you can sit anywhere you want.” The news media no refers to the tree as a place where some white students “tended” to hang out.

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