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No Noose Is Good Noose- Or Sharpton Rides Again
« on: October 16, 2007, 01:00:35 PM »

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Noose Incidents Spark Sharpton Call for Rope Ban
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(2007-10-16) — In the wake of several recent noose-display incidents, meant to frighten African-Americans by conjuring memories of America’s history of violent racism, the Rev. Al Sharpton today testifies before a House panel to call for “a nationwide ban on sales, to members of the oppressor class, of rope segments longer than 24 inches.”

The House panel convenes to probe whether justice was served in the case of the Jena 6, a group of non-racist black teens accused in the gang beating of a white youth in Louisiana following a noose-display incident.

Mr. Sharpton, who rallied thousands of activists last month to demand lenient treatment of the Jena 6, will also call on Congress to decriminalize gang beatings in cases where the victim is suspected of displaying racist symbols.

“Just because you’re a victim of violence, doesn’t mean that you’re not a hate criminal,” Mr. Sharpton will reportedly tell the panel. “By the same token, sometimes a gang beating is an appropriate way to exercise free speech against the hate criminal … you know, speaking truth to power.”
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2007, 05:01:07 PM »

   Two of the Jena Six were invited to present the awards  at the annual Hip-Hop awards.
They received a standing  ovation.
     Consider the following photographs:
           http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2007/10/bet-honors-black-kids-who-beat-white.html
     "A people sick,unwholesome,muddied in their thoughts."
      They are very much the  kind of mob with whom certain(not all) Durham officials (and nearly an hundred Duke professors )had hoped to pack  a jury against Collin,Dave and Reade.
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2007, 04:59:10 PM »

   This recent article from the Christian Science Monitor  seems  to sum  up the Jena Hoax quite accurately.But one thing...the author does not seem to realize thattruthful  local Jena blogs  were set up by both a black and a white pastor the day this hoax broke .A number of us at liestoppers were immediately made aware of the situation but the media,as in the Duke case,simply decided playing politics was(is) more profitable  than scotching a vicious fake at the iinception.
   Anyway,here's the  story(courtesy of aabb at LS) of how three poor white adolescent males(plus the kid who requires some twelve thousand dollars in medical services) are getting railroaded with  exactly the same
tactics  by some of the same people who tried to railroad  three well-to-do rich white adolescent males in Durham. Well it looks like  the enablers  did at least one thing in Durham:it is easier for them to frame the poor than the wealthy.

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CRAIG FRANKLIN: Media myths about the Jena 6
  -- Christian Science Monitor
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2007
By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they've all heard the story of the "Jena 6." White students hanging nooses barely punished, a schoolyard fight, excessive punishment for the six black attackers, racist local officials, public outrage and protests - the outside media made sure everyone knew the basics.
There's just one problem: The media got most of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing but false narrative of racial injustice.

I should know. I live in Jena. My wife has taught at Jena High School for many years. And most important, I am probably the only reporter who has covered these events from the very beginning.

The reason the Jena cases have been propelled into the world spotlight is two-fold: First, because local officials did not speak publicly early on about the true events of the past year, the media simply formed their stories based on one-side's statements - the Jena 6. Second, the media were downright lazy in their efforts to find the truth. Often, they simply reported what they'd read on blogs, which expressed only one side of the issue.

The real story of Jena and the Jena 6 is quite different from what the national media presented. It's time to set the record straight.


 
 Myth 1: The Whites-Only Tree. There has never been a "whites-only" tree at Jena High School. Students of all races sat underneath this tree. When a student asked during an assembly at the start of school last year if anyone could sit under the tree, it evoked laughter from everyone present - blacks and whites. As reported by students in the assembly, the question was asked to make a joke and to drag out the assembly and avoid class.
Myth 2: Nooses a Signal to Black Students. An investigation by school officials, police, and an FBI agent revealed the true motivation behind the placing of two nooses in the tree the day after the assembly. According to the expulsion committee, the crudely constructed nooses were not aimed at black students. Instead, they were understood to be a prank by three white students aimed at their fellow white friends, members of the school rodeo team. (The students apparently got the idea from watching episodes of "Lonesome Dove.") The committee further concluded that the three young teens had no knowledge that nooses symbolize the terrible legacy of the lynchings of countless blacks in American history. When informed of this history by school officials, they became visibly remorseful because they had many black friends. Another myth concerns their punishment, which was not a three-day suspension, but rather nine days at an alternative facility followed by two weeks of in-school suspension, Saturday detentions, attendance at Discipline Court, and evaluation by licensed mental-health professionals. The students who hung the nooses have not publicly come forward to give their version of events.

Myth 3: Nooses Were a Hate Crime. Although many believe the three white students should have been prosecuted for a hate crime for hanging the nooses, the incident did not meet the legal criteria for a federal hate crime. It also did not meet the standard for Louisiana's hate-crime statute, and though widely condemned by all officials, there was no crime to charge the youths with.

Myth 4: DA's Threat to Black Students. When District Attorney Reed Walters spoke to Jena High students at an assembly in September, he did not tell black students that he could make their life miserable with "the stroke of a pen." Instead, according to Walters, "two or three girls, white girls, were chit-chatting on their cellphones or playing with their cellphones right in the middle of my dissertation. I got a little irritated at them and said, 'Pay attention to me. I am right now having to deal with an aggravated rape case where I've got to decide whether the death penalty applies or not.' I said, 'Look, I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. With the stroke of a pen I can make your life miserable so I want you to call me before you do something stupid."'

Mr. Walters had been called to the assembly by police, who had been at the school earlier that day dealing with some students who were causing disturbances. Teachers and students have confirmed Walters's version of events.

Myth 5: The Fair Barn Party Incident. On Dec. 1, 2006, a private party - not an all-white party as reported - was held at the local community center called the Fair Barn. Robert Bailey Jr., soon to be one of the Jena 6, came to the party with others seeking admittance.

When they were denied entrance by the renter of the facility, a white male named Justin Sloan (not a Jena High student) at the party attacked Bailey and hit him in the face with his fist. This is reported in witness statements to police, including the victim, Robert Bailey, Jr.

Months later, Bailey contended he was hit in the head with a beer bottle and required stitches. No medical records show this ever occurred. Mr. Sloan was prosecuted for simple battery, which according to Louisiana law, is the proper charge for hitting someone with a fist.

Myth 6: The "Gotta-Go" Grocery Incident. On Dec. 2, 2006, Bailey and two other black Jena High students were involved in an altercation at this local convenience store, stemming from the incident that occurred the night before. The three were accused by police of jumping a white man as he entered the store and stealing a shotgun from him. The two parties gave conflicting statements to police. However, two unrelated eye witnesses of the event gave statements that corresponded with that of the white male.

Myth 7: The Schoolyard Fight. The event on Dec. 4, 2006 was consistently labeled a "schoolyard fight." But witnesses described something much more horrific. Several black students, including those now known as the Jena 6, barricaded an exit to the school's gym as they lay in wait for Justin Barker to exit. (It remains unclear why Mr. Barker was specifically targeted.)

When Barker tried to leave through another exit, court testimony indicates, he was hit from behind by Mychal Bell. Multiple witnesses confirmed that Barker was immediately knocked unconscious and lay on the floor defenseless as several other black students joined together to kick and stomp him, with most of the blows striking his head. Police speculate that the motivation for the attack was related to the racially charged fights that had occurred during the previous weekend.

Myth 8: The Attack Is Linked to the Nooses. Nowhere in any of the evidence, including statements by witnesses and defendants, is there any reference to the noose incident that occurred three months prior. This was confirmed by the United States attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, Donald Washington, on numerous occasions.

Myth 9: Mychal Bell's All-White Jury. While it is true that Mychal Bell was convicted as an adult by an all-white jury in June (a conviction that was later overturned with his case sent to juvenile court), the jury selection process was completely legal and withstood an investigation by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Court officials insist that several black residents were summoned for jury duty, but did not appear.

Myth 10: Jena 6 as Model Youth. While some members were simply caught up in the moment, others had criminal records. Bell had at least four prior violent-crime arrests before the December attack, and was on probation during most of this year.

Myth 11: Jena Is One of the Most Racist Towns in America. Actually, Jena is a wonderful place to live for both whites and blacks. The media's distortion and outright lies concerning the case have given this rural Louisiana town a label it doesn't deserve.

Myth 12: Two Levels of Justice. Outside protesters were convinced that the prosecution of the Jena 6 was proof of a racially biased system of justice. But the US Justice Department's investigation found no evidence to support such a claim. In fact, the percentage of blacks and whites prosecuted matches the parish's population statistics.

These are just 12 of many myths that are portrayed as fact in the media concerning the Jena cases. (A more thorough review of all events can be found at a href="http:/www.thejenatimes.net - click on Chronological Order of Events.)

As with the Duke Lacrosse case, the truth about Jena will eventually be known. But the town of Jena isn't expecting any apologies from the media. They will probably never admit their error and have already moved on to the next "big" story. Meanwhile in Jena, residents are getting back to their regular routines, where friends are friends regardless of race. Just as it has been all along.
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2008, 04:28:37 PM »

   Today  Charlotte Allen  runs an extensive up to the minute review of the Jena Six Case."Jena:The Amazing,Disappearing Hate Crime" .
    Well worth consulting. I don't recall getting more readable information in the same amount ofspace recently.
     http://weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/589bfhgz.asp
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2008, 03:43:02 PM »

   Here's a thorough (and lengthy )analysis of how the commercial press covered  Jena. It is followed by a useful and concise chronology of the same.
           http://ajr.org/Article.asp?id=4454

   
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Noose Incidents Spark Sharpton Call for Rope Ban
by Scott Ott · 24 Comments
(2007-10-16) — In the wake of several recent noose-display incidents, meant to frighten African-Americans by conjuring memories of America’s history of violent racism, the Rev. Al Sharpton today testifies before a House panel to call for “a nationwide ban on sales, to members of the oppressor class, of rope segments longer than 24 inches.”

The House panel convenes to probe whether justice was served in the case of the Jena 6, a group of non-racist black teens accused in the gang beating of a white youth in Louisiana following a noose-display incident.

Mr. Sharpton, who rallied thousands of activists last month to demand lenient treatment of the Jena 6, will also call on Congress to decriminalize gang beatings in cases where the victim is suspected of displaying racist symbols.
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“Just because you’re a victim of violence, doesn’t mean that you’re not a hate criminal,” Mr. Sharpton will reportedly tell the panel. “By the same token, sometimes a gang beating is an appropriate way to exercise free speech against the hate criminal … you know, speaking truth to power.”
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2008, 03:18:47 PM »

“By the same token, sometimes a gang beating is an appropriate way to exercise free speech against the hate criminal … you know, speaking truth to power.”

How do you determine which "gang beatings" are protected speech and which are not?

I imagine Al's take would be, "if the the beaters are black, it's protected speech!"
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2008, 05:48:07 PM »

   Another of the Jena Six,Bryant Purvis, appears to have struck again.He says he only beat the alleged new victim because the guy  trashed his car the night before. The victim's race was
not specified.Perhaps Sharpton will again appear to defend Bryant's freedom of speech.

 http://www.thetowntalk.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a.../802070330/1002
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2008, 03:07:29 PM »

   An afternote:
      http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Nov07/0,4670,JenaSix,00.html
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NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana judge did not have authority to close the juvenile court proceedings involving a defendant in the racially charged "Jena Six" case, a state appeal court has decided.

The decision, released Thursday from the Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles, was a partial victory for news media outlets that challenged the closure of the courtroom in the case of Mychal Bell. But the decision does not say whether the media can have access to records in the Bell case, which ended with a guilty plea.
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December 30, 2008

Jena Six defendant shoots self

Mychal Bell suffers chest wound following reports of new charges

By Barbara Leader
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Monroe police confirmed late Monday that Jena Six icon Mychal Bell was taken to LSU Health Sciences Center in Monroe with a gun shot wound to the chest.

Sgt. Cassandra Wooten said Bell apparently shot himself in the chest about 7:40 p.m. at his home with a .22-caliber weapon. She described his injury as not life-threatening.

Wooten said an ambulance took him to the hospital.

Asked if Bell gave a reason for the self-inflicted wound, Wooten said, "he said he couldn't take it anymore; he was back in the media again."

Bell, 18, who lists his address as 109 Grayling Lane, Monroe, is free on bond following a Christmas Eve arrest on multiple charges, including shoplifting, resisting arrest and simple battery, related to an incident at Dillard's in Pecanland Mall in Monroe.

Bell was arrested less than one month after he completed a sentence for his role in the beating of a fellow classmate, Justin Barker, at Jena High School in 2006.

Police said Bell and an unidentified male were spotted Wednesday by store security after they placed $370 worth of merchandise in a Dillard's shopping bag.

After the two separated, Bell left the store, was followed by a security officer and began running through the parking lot. Police said Bell was discovered under a vehicle in the Sears parking lot.

Lt. Jeff Harris said Bell began "swinging his arms wildly" and delivered a glancing blow to the security officer with his elbow.

Bell was booked into Richwood Correctional Center and released on $1,300 bond. He will be arraigned at a later date. Each of the charges carries a possible penalty of up to six months in jail.

Louis Scott, a lawyer who has represented Bell in the past, said that preconceived notions on the part of Dillard's employees may have played a role in Bell's arrest.

"Dillard's has a tradition of being overly suspicious of young black males," Scott said.

Scott said that personal and court experiences have led him to that conclusion. "He should at least have the presumption of innocence," he said.

Dillard's has been accused of racial profiling in lawsuits in Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Georgia.

A Dillard's store manager in Monroe referred requests for comment to Roger Williams in the company's Little Rock, Ark., office.

A spokesperson who answered the telephone in Williams' office said he would have no comment on the matter.

Scott has not been contacted to represent Bell on the new charges.

"I am predicting that once all the facts are established, he probably will not be guilty," Scott said. "There has been more put on this young man than anybody can bear — people trying to provoke him, trying to make him react.

"If he was going to break the law, I believe he would have done it before." (Scott, Bob Noel and Carol Powell Lexing of Monroe represented Bell when he pleaded guilty to second-degree battery for his role in the attack on Jena High School student Justin Barker in December 2006.

Bell was sentenced to 18 months in the custody of the Office of Youth Development for his part in the crime. Bell also served a sentence for three previous unnamed crimes.

Because he was a juvenile when he pleaded guilty to the previous crimes, Scott said Bell is not considered to have a criminal record. 

   SC:
    The poor lad is obviously- once  again -being framed!
       Durham bussed  in at least two loads of Crystal Mangum supporters to aid Miichael the last time around. I suggest Rev,. Al and Crystal herself should drive the first bus in this time, and woe to any law enforcement officer who stands between her and this evident victim of "Lonesome Dove" mentality.
    In fact,another old pal of Al's, Tabitha Rawley,also now lives in North Carolina.Al and Crystal can stoop by and enthrone  her on top of the bus as they merrily lead their second posse into Jena.
   Thanks to Sharpton,among others,this kid collected scores of thousands from his marks the last time around.One of his  pals had himself filmed for Youtube literally rolliing in the filthy lucre.
Under these conditions how could Michael possiblly be reduced to pilfering a meagre 370 bucks?
  It must be entrapment.Michael doesn't have a gun permit.He couldn't possibly be packing a 22.
     It may be worse.
   
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2009, 01:03:58 PM »

   Here is the police report(thanks abb).
      He was caught red handed  by security police and,presumably,security cameras.
       As both the accomplice and the gun remain "unidentified",Bell seems to be stonewalling.His  family now deny any knowledge of the gun's origin.
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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2009, 06:42:00 PM »

   From bet.com yesterday:
     Jan. 19, 2009 ‘Jena Six’ Teen Explains His Suicide Rationale From Staff & Wire Services
 Last month, when “Jena Six” teen Mychal Bell took his Christmas money and bought a .22-caliber gun to kill himself, he says he couldn’t face the world after running into trouble again. After all, he had the support of tens – maybe hundreds – of thousands of Americans who thought he had been wronged by a racist Louisiana judicial system.
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    That leaves hundreds of millions who forewarned by  the Duke Rape Fraud were too intelligent to immediately swallow a second hoax.But the three busloads of Durham supporters who were bused to Jena are not numbered among these.


 
   In 2007, some 20,000 activists headed to the tiny town of Jena to protest a prosecutor’s decision to try him as an adult for attempted murder, over a schoolyard fight with a White schoolmate. So, when he got nabbed recently for shoplifting at a Dillards department store, he felt his world was caving in.
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     Mychal abetted by five fellow thugs(several of them with criminal records) jumped the lone,skinny white boy from all sides and ran the victim's family  a fifteen thousand dollar(and still counting)medical bill.

"I just hear so many people supporting me and everything, and I always feel that if I ever make a mistake again, that whatever I do, it is going to have an effect," he told CNN.

Bell said he took the gun he has just bought and pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger. The gun misfired, so he tried again, this time aiming the gun at his chest. The bullet tore through his body, and he fell to the floor of his grandmother's home in Monroe on December 29, CNN reports.

"It just got to the point where I just couldn't take it anymore," Bell, who is recovering from the wound, said in an interview with CNN.

The 18-year-old is back in school despite being in pain from his wound.

"Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I just lay in bed, I cried, I tried to shake it off," he said. "I knew it was nothing but the devil, and I tried to shake it off. I kept asking people, 'Do you know where I can get a gun from?' ... I take my Christmas money to buy a gun; it don't matter how much it costs," he said. If the gun would not have misfired, "I would have hurt my family, my friends, my classmates and everybody who support me," Bell said.

"The biggest thing is graduation," he said. "One of the main things you want to do is walk across that stage and get that diploma. ... And everybody will say, 'he did it.' …A year from now, I want to be in college. ... I will be on somebody's roster, playing college ball…. I love football Saturdays."

    SC
      Since Mychal knows that he has such a forceful effect on his mans,should he be carefully checking the alleged rise in teenage  Christmas suicide attempts and the much more accelerated
rate of massive teenage shoplifting. Considering Mychal self-proclaimed  power to influence,he might be indicted for inciting certain of the said teenagers to their manifold crimes.
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