Thursday, September 13, 2007

Racism in the 21st Century

I swear to the Lord
I still can't see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me.
~Langston Hughes, The Black Man Speaks

I just learned about a case of segregation-era oppression happening today in Jena, Louisiana. I signed onto's campaign for justice in Jena, and wanted to invite you to do the same. You may read about this travesty of justice in Racism is Alive and Well in Jena, La or Bloggers Unite : Stop Racist Injustice in Louisiana.

Last fall in Jena, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the "white tree" on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a "prank," more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town's police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, "I can be your best friend or your worst enemy... I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."

A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The story gets worse and worse . . .

It's a story that reads like one from the Jim Crow era, when judges, lawyers and all-white juries used the justice system to keep blacks in "their place." But it's happening today. The families of these young men are fighting back, but the story has gotten minimal press. Together, we can make sure their story is told and that the Governor of Louisiana intervenes and provides justice for the Jena 6.

Justice starts now. Please join me:


Jayne said...

Oh my god... this is shocking. I'm so dismayed to see this in modern-day America.

It's tough to stand your ground, even when you know you're right... so I'm very proud of those kids for doing it.

I can't join the website you mentioned because I don't live in America... but I just wanted to say "well done" for bringing this to light. It's much harder for such things to hide in the light.

CyberCelt said...

@jayne-Thanks for your kind comments. Sometimes I am ashamed to be a southerner. This is one of those times.

costa rica real estate mujer said...

It is sad that such racism still occurs today. These racists are very narrow-minded. They immediately judge a person by the color of their skins. It's not right to consider a person inferior just because he or she is not white.They must learn to see beyond physical features and be more considerate on the character of these people.

skeet said...

Giving your post another look-see for the Carnival of Injustive. Well done, and th eLangston Hughs quote is so appropriate!

CyberCelt said...

@real estate-We can only hope this will someday come to be...

@skeet-I hope something breaks for these young men.


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