Let me see if I understand what was going on in Jena Louisiana yesterday. There apparently was a large group of outside protesters that came to Jena Louisiana to demonstrate their displeasure with the results of a trial held for a young man. The young man that was at the center of this protest was accompanied by five other young men but only the one young man was charged with a crime. The crime that was involved was the beating of another young man. This young man was beaten by the first young man so severely it left him unconscious and the group of young men that accompanied the young man that did the beating left the beaten young man for dead.
So the protesters showed up in Jena to protest that the young man that did the beating and his accomplices did not get a sentence that matched the seriousness of the crime he committed. I agree; there is no case that a young man going about his everyday business should have to become the victim of a crime and be beaten until unconscious merely for being a different race from those doing the beating. I thought the Congress had passed legislation that made using race as a basis for committing crimes especially heinous and extra charges and penalties are supposed to be added on in these types of circumstances.
The World Turned Upside Down
If buttercups buzz'd after the bee,
If boats were on land, churches on sea,
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows,
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse,
If the mamas sold their babies
To the gypsies for half a crown;
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.
John Renfro Davis