Thursday, September 20, 2007

Edit on the State of Confusion...

I did read everything I could get my hands on regarding the situation in Jena, Louisiana prior to making any personal opinions. However, I have just been enlightened from a source previously unfound. NPR apparently broke this news story way back before the mainstream media got it, and there were a few details included that were coincidentally omitted from all other accounts.

I referred to this victimized white boy as being beaten inches from death. Interestingly enough, it appears that the evening following the fight, this white boy attended an awards ceremony of sorts at school and then went out with his friends afterwards.

That sounds a whole lot more like a schoolyard fight, even if it did have uneven odds with regard to the participants, and a whole less like a group of animals who savagely beat a lone and unarmed person.

And there is more.... It also seems that the lag in time I noticed about this whole situation is explained by noting that the black boys were football stars, and the town took care to hush the situation and wait to deal with it after the football season had ended.

Now, if those things are true, particularly the first part, then these boys should not be charged with anything as dire as what they have been charged with. Assault and battery is even pushing it.


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