If you recall, I did a podcast on the outrage of the [tag]Jena 6[/tag]. These are the six children who have been condemned for defending themselves against physical attacks spawned by hatred. The first boy will be sentenced on the 20th of this month. With only ten days to the rally, you can still make a difference, you can still change the future for these boys. Sign the petition, read about their plight…blog about it. Tell your family, friends, people you don’t even know, people you don’t like…everyone. Something must be done to change this situation for these boys.
Last fall in Jena, Louisiana, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the “white tree” on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a “prank,” more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town’s police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, “I can be your best friend or your worst enemy… I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen.”1
A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Imagine it was your child, beaten and bloodied because of the color of their skin. Imagine it was your child, threatened and thrown into jail due to someone else’s disdain. Picture yourself in their shoes, in their parents’ shoes. Can you guess how you would feel as a sibling to one of these boys? A friend? A relative? A classmate who didn’t foster the same racist hate?
If you can, go down to Jena and take part in the protests against their inevitable fate. Al Sharpton is spear heading the march against the treatment of these boys. Go to Color of Change.org. Read about their plight. Sign the petition on their site and Petition ONline. Blog this. Digg it. Stumble it. Post it to all the social networks you know. All it takes is few minutes to save lives.
|If you do blog this, leave me a comment with the link to your post. Please include a link to http://www.colorofchange.org, a link to my friend Marisa‘s blog entry, and one to this blog entry. I will be putting your link in a post or page on this blog on the 20th of September. Our goal is to get as many bloggers as we can to join in this effort to save lives.|