This video from the USA is about the ‘Jena Six’.
From ABC News in the USA:
Jena Mayor Calls Song Inflammatory
John [“Cougar”] Mellencamp‘s Song About Jena, La. Gets Mayor Upset; Calls Song’s Video Inflammatory
A video in which rapper-actor Mos Def asked students around the country to walk out Oct. 1 to support the “Jena Six” escaped comment by this town’s mayor. But when John Mellencamp sang, “Jena, take your nooses down,” he took issue.
“The town of Jena has for months been mischaracterized in the media and portrayed as the epicenter of hatred, racism and a place where justice is denied,” Jena Mayor Murphy R. McMillin wrote in a statement on town letterhead faxed on Friday to The Associated Press.
Well, Mr Murphy R. McMillin, that is hardly a surprise; if people consider your reaction to US arch racist and neo nazi David
Puke Duke‘s and his ilk’s involvement in the Jena scandal.
A brief note from Mellencamp posted Thursday on his Web site says he is telling a story, not reporting. “The song is not written as an indictment of the people of Jena but, rather, as a condemnation of racism,” it says.
Nooses hung briefly from a big oak tree [in the US South, a death threat to African American people, in the murderous Ku Klux Klan tradition] outside Jena High School a year ago, after a black freshman asked whether black students could sit under it. A white student was beaten unconscious three months later, in December.
Six black students, four of them 17 years old and legally adults, were arrested. Five were initially charged with attempted murder, although that charge has been reduced to aggravated second-degree battery as four of the older youths have been arraigned. The only youth tried so far was convicted, but that conviction was overturned on appeal and the case was sent to juvenile court.
Mellencamp’s song opens, “An all-white jury hides the executioner’s face; See how we are, me and you?” As he sings, images of Jena, the high school and the tree are followed by video from the 1960s, including civil rights marchers, police beatings, and President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King speaking. Still images include one of a protest sign reading, “God demands segregation,” a stylized drawing of people in Ku Klux Klan robes and an older image of a black man in shackles, begging.
Watch the video here.
Update 17 October 2007: here.
13 November 2007: here.
30 November 2007: here.
DNA Surprise! White Supremacist Finds Out He’s 14% Black: here.
John Mellencamp: On My Mind: The State of the Music Business: here.
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