12 thoughts on “USA: mayor of Jena friendly to David Duke’s racists; angry at singer John Mellencamp

  1. Black Teen Marked With ‘KKK’ At Deaf School

    CBS 5

    October 04, 2007

    A group of students at a Washington high school for the deaf scrawled “KKK” and swastikas on a black student’s body with a marker while holding him against his will, police said Wednesday.

    District of Columbia police are investigating the Saturday night attack as a possible hate crime, Chief Cathy Lanier said. The incident began in the dorms of the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, on the campus of Gallaudet University.

    Seven students – six white and one black – took part in holding the black student, Lanier said.

    University officials would not say whether they had been disciplined, but in a campuswide e-mail Wednesday, Katherine Jankowski, dean of the center that includes the high school, said the seven were sent home.

    The school discussed the incident at an assembly Monday and has worked with students on issues of diversity and race, said Stephen Weiner, provost of Gallaudet.

    “We do not tolerate any kind of action, any kind of behavior of this type,” Weiner said.

    Lanier said the attack began when two groups of students, one white, one black, were “horsing around” in the dorms. The groups eventually separated, but the seven students took the black student and held him for about an hour.

    The student who was held contacted Gallaudet authorities, who called police early Sunday. He is at home with his family, the provost said.

    No charges have been filed, but police said they have identified all seven students involved; they range in age from 15 to 19. “We take it very seriously,” Lanier said.

    Gallaudet, the nation’s only liberal arts university for deaf students, was founded in 1864 by an act of Congress. The university offers 40 majors and had about 1,800 students last year.

    About 170 students attend the Model Secondary School, with roughly 100 living in dorms on campus, Weiner said.

    It is part of Gallaudet’s Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, which also includes an elementary school. The center works on developing courses and teaching methods for deaf and hard of hearing students.

    The school was temporarily closed last year when students protested against the appointment of a school president who was deaf but grew up speaking.

    Copyright © 2007 CBS 5, All Rights Reserved.

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  2. Tennessee student sues for the right to wear a ‘Free the Jena Six’ T-Shirt

    Associated Press – October 10, 2007 6:23 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee student is suing her suburban Nashville high school for the right to wear a T-shirt with the words “Free the Jena (JEE’-nuh) Six” on it.

    And she wants damages for being sent home to change the shirt when she tried to wear it to class.

    The T-shirt refers to a Jena, Louisiana, case in which three white students were suspended for hanging nooses from a tree at their high school. Six black students were later prosecuted for allegedly beating a white student.

    Danielle Super showed up at her Nashville school wearing a Jena Six T-shirt after attending a march but was told it would “cause a problem.” So she went home and returned wearing another shirt.

    Super wants an injunction allowing her to wear the shirt. And she wants damages, though no amount is listed.

    School officials say they don’t think the school was in the wrong and think things will “play out” in its favor.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.

    http://www.newschannel10.com/global/story.asp?s=7192457

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  3. Fight racist terror in Jena, La.!

    The Nationalist Movement have gotten the green light to spread their message of racist terror by local and statewide authorities which should be condemned by all progressive activists of nationalities. Fascistic groups like the Nationalist Movement should not have the right to free speech in order to spread their vile, hateful venom especially against Black and other people of color.

    Historically, extra-legal terrorist groups like the KKK and the Nationalist Movement have been encouraged by the U.S. government to raise their ugly heads especially during periods of deepening economic crisis which is happening at this very moment in the U.S. after millions of people face foreclosures, evictions, loss of jobs and much more. It is also not an accident that these racists targeted Jena, where tens of thousands of mainly Black students from around the country marched last Sept. 20th to express their support of the heroic Black youth known as the Jena 6.

    The Jena 6 defended themselves against racist white youth who hung nooses on a “white” tree outside of Jena High School in September 2006.

    By hanging these nooses, these racist youth were saying that Black people deserve to be lynched which has been terror tactic of groups like the Nationalist Movement and the KKK since the end of the Civil War. Five of the Jena 6 will be standing trial for assaulting one of the racist students. Mychal Bell, one of the Jena 6, is still imprisoned for an old charge.

    The Martin Luther King March Against Racism Coalition in N.Y. which includes Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST), Troops Out Now Coalition and International Action Center stands in solidarity with the Jena 6, the Black people of Jena and the anti-racist demonstration that is being planned in Jena on Jan. 21st which will gather at 9 a.m. in the Jena City Park for a rally, just off route 84 followed by march to the courthouse.

    Down with the Nationalist movement! Smash racist terror! Unity and solidarity forever!

    Free the Jena 6!

    Donate to help send Martin Luther King March Against Racism Coalition activists to Jena: http://troopsoutnow.org/donate.shtml

    For updates and more information, see: Januaryinjena.blogspot.com

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  4. DVD: The Jena 6
    Narrated by Mumia Abu-Jamal

    “This is not the story of the lynching noose. It is the story of the DA’s pen.”—Mumia Abu-Jamal

    In a small town in Louisiana, six families are fighting for their sons’ lives.

    Two nooses are left as a warning to Black students trying to integrate their playground, fights break out across town, a white man pulls a shotgun on Black students, someone burns down most of the school, the DA puts six Black students on trial for attempted murder, and the quiet town of Jena becomes the site of the largest civil rights demonstration in the South since the 1960s.

    The Jena 6 is the story of racism and violence becoming visible. It is a powerful symbol for and example of, how racial (in)justice works in America—where the lynching noose has been replaced by the DA’s pen.

    30min, color, stereo

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