"Jena Six" Backers Hold Rally

JENA, La. (AP) - Thousands of black-clad, chanting demonstrators gathered in the little Louisiana town for rallies and marches in support of six teenagers initially charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate.

They had been gathering since well before dawn and they broke into chants of ``Free the Jena Six'' when the Reverend Al Sharpton, an event organizer, walked into view at the local courthouse this morning with family members of the jailed teens.

Also on hand was Martin Luther King the Third, son of the slain civil rights leader. Like many of the participants, King said the scene was reminiscent of earlier civil rights struggles.

King at times sounded conciliatory, saying punishment of some sort may be in order for the defendants, but adding ``the justice system isn't applied the same to all crimes and all people.''

It was a similar scene a few blocks away where the NAACP staged a similar gathering at a local park.

Dennis Courtland Hayes, interim president and CEO of the NAACP's national headquarters, compared the outcry over the Jena Six to the controversy that followed racial remarks by radio shock-jock Don Imus.

The Jena Six were charged a few months after the local prosecutor declined to charge three white high school students who hung nooses in a tree on their high school grounds.

Five of the black teens were initially charged with attempted murder, but that charge was reduced to battery for all but one, who has yet to be arraigned; the sixth teen was charged as a juvenile.


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  • by DCD Location: HAVANA on Sep 20, 2007 at 12:51 PM
    UNFORTUNATELY DAVID FROM THOMASVILLE, SOME WHITES IN AMERICA HAVEN'T LEFT THE PASS ALONG AND YES INDIANS ARE THE TRUE AMERICAN BUT REMEMBER YOUR HISTORY WHITE AMERICA TOOK THAT AWAY FROM THEM TOO, BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO TAKE OVER OR KEEP OTHER (MEANING THE MINORITY) UNDER THEM...THEREFORE IF THERE IS UNJUSTICE GOING ON BELIVE ME, WE AS PEOPLE WHO ARE TRULY AGAINST UNJUSTICE ACTIVITIES ARE GOING TO STAND FOR A CHANGE...SO IF YOU WANT US TO LEAVE THE PAST ALONG THEN THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO BRING TO THE FULL FRONT NEED TO LEAVE IT ALONG. FURTHERMORE YOU DON'T HEAR OR SEE INDIANS MAKING A FUSS BECAUSE THEY WASN'T MENTALLY NOR PHYSICALLY ABUSE THE WAY WHITES DID BLACKS IN THE PAST.
  • by david Location: thomasville on Sep 20, 2007 at 09:39 AM
    When are people gonna quit pondering in the past ? it's ALWAYS about the BLACK... african-american? you are either Afican or you are American. Then again, the Indian is the ONLY true American here. You don't see and hear them throwing up the past every time an Indian is arrested. It's high time we ALL get along and forgive the past of our fore-fathers. The King family needs to mind THEIR OWN BUSINESS !!! All they do is keep people stirred up and cause a scene. It's time the MEDIA ignor them. Less press on the King's, the better we can all live together in peace.
  • by DCD Location: HAVANA on Sep 20, 2007 at 08:52 AM
    THANKS...I THOUGHT THIS STORY WOULD NEVER MAKE IT TO THE NEWS. ANYWAY I AM PROUD OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE ABLE TO ATTEND THE RALLY HOWEVER FOR THOSE WHO COULDN'T ATTEND THE RALLY SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY WEARING ALL BLACK OR BY SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT JENA SIX, CALL THE GOVERNOR OF LOUSIANA AND OR GO ONLINE TO WWW.COLOROFCHANGE.ORG/JENA TO SIGN THE PETITION....THANKS BECAUSE THIS COULD HAVE HAPPEN TO ONE OF US.
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