The Jena 6: Typical Negro Behavior – blacks love attacking people
JENA, Louisiana (CNN) — Thousands of protesters clogged the tiny town of Jena, Louisiana, Thursday to show their indignation over what they consider unjust, unequal punishments meted out in two racially charged incidents.
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While the tension was palpable, news broke Thursday afternoon that the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal ordered a hearing within 72 hours to determine if the only one of the six still behind bars can be released.
The order has “got to be good,” Mychal Bell’s attorney, Bob Noel, told CNN. “It means we have a day in court. Any day in court is going to be a good day.”
Earlier, there was an aura of a pilgrimage at the site where the controversial tree once stood before school administrators had it removed.
Many people touched the ground and some retrieved a lump of dirt, said CNN’s Eric Marrapodi. He said the part of the town he was in was ill-prepared for the crowds — no water or toilets were available.
In the background, groups shouted “Black power” and “No justice, no peace.”
The estimated 15000 to 20,000 demonstrators shut down the town of 3,000 in central Louisiana. Many residents left for the day, and government agencies, businesses and schools were closed.
Sgt. Tim Ledet of the Louisiana State Police said protesters in buses were still bringing people to town at midday because of the gridlock, but many protesters got off and walked into town on foot.
“There is just no room to maneuver in this small town,” he said.
Jena resident Terry Adams disagreed with any accusations that there might be a black-white divide in the area.
“We are not a racial town. We get along with each other, we get along fine. This is something that got out of proportion. It really has.”
Jena’s racial tensions were aggravated in August 2006, when three white teens hung the nooses the day after a group of black students received permission from school administrators to sit under the tree — a place where white students normally congregated.
The guilty students were briefly suspended from classes, despite the principal’s recommendation they be expelled, according to Donald Washington, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana.