No doubt you have heard about the case of the Jena 6. Six young black school kids have been facing unnecesarily harsh criminal sentences (originally for second degree attempted murder!) for beating up a white teenager in an atmosphere of racial tension in the small town of Jena, Louisiana….A ridiculous situation that was exacerbated by a school that did nothing to abate the racially motivated issues that were taking place right under its nose.
Thankfully, yesterday one of the accused – Mychall Bell – who was tried as an adult despite being only 16 at the time of the incident, had his convictions thrown out. I pray that the others in the case will also be vindicated.
This case is a sorry example of the racial discrimination and prejudice that still exists in American society. A sad spotlight on the failings and weaknesses of the American criminal justice system and the inequalities that exist when dealing with African-Americans. I hope that this entire case will be thrown out of court and those young people will get their normal lives back.
Justice for the Jena 6!