Friday, September 21, 2007

Speaking of Protests...

The Wounded Man_Gustav Courbet


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

10 comments:

dons_mind said...

you got the basics - - but there's a lot of history preceding all these events at this particular school. been a racial hotbed for many years - lots of incidents on all sides, none really prosecuted until now. personally i disagree with the way this one is being handlded also - lots of trumped up charges for a schoolyard fight. way out of proportion....

J_G said...

They can heap all the toppings they want on the incident but the fact remains that young man was beaten unconscious and the young man that did it is behind bars doing time as well he should. It makes little difference what happened before or since, beating someone so bad and leaving them for dead is unacceptable no matter how many protesters they bring in to feign righteous indignation. A crime was committed and the person responsible for it was tried and convicted without reasonable doubt of his guilt.

Up here in Philly our jails are full of young criminals like this guy that would kill you for looking the wrong way at them. The enablers of such behavior have arrived at Jena, LA.

Marie's Two Cents said...

And everywhere there is a Racial Pot of Crap to be stirred you can bet your bippy the Justice Brothers (Sharpton and Jackson) will be there to keep that pot a stirrin!

J_G said...

This story really burns me up. You have the Rev's Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson down in Louisiana trying to free someone that is obviously guilty of the crime he committed but every day here in Philadelphia young black males are killing other young black males and you hear nothing absolutely nothing from these two charlatans about it.

If they were truly committed to improving the lives of blacks they would be in Philadelphia every day marching up and down the streets with all those that attended this protest until the killing would stop. That doesn't get front page news, that kind of thing doesn't fit their template of demagoguery.

Bill Cosby who grew up in Philly and is an alumni of Temple University comes to Philly and gives speeches admonishing the parents of children to make them behave in school and to make their children get an education. Cosby gets polite applause from the crowds he speaks too and nothing changes. The killing and lack of respect for human life continues because the solutions to the problems require that people do something to change their behavior.

There may be problems in Jena with their judical system but it pales in comparison to problems that actually affect millions of residents of some the major cities in the US and is being totally ignored by these protestoers that came to protest what amounts to a young man being punished for the crimes he committed.

Many people are afraid to tackle these problems because they are afraid to be labled as a racist. To me the word racist hurled at me has lost any kind of meaning because it is now used as club for charlatans like Shrapton and Jackson to further their own political ambitions and power.

MonicaR said...

I totally agree with you on this.

J_G said...

You know how ridiculous this whole thing was. People in the major cities are being murdered every day and these very same people that witness the murders consider it wrong to testify against the murderer because it's snitching.

I have no more time for this because its more than hypocritical its so blatant its beyond any kind of reasoning. That's why the song "the World Turned Upside Down" when my blog page opens.

Fix your own neigborhoods before you go to someone else's and tell them how they should do things.

Stop Snitching

Chip said...

JG and others. I still don't know what makes a crime a "hate" crime.
It's so difficult to define intentions.

J_G said...

Thanks for stopping by Chip.

I have always been against "Hate Crimes" legislation. It is a very bad idea. The laws unintended consequences say that you create a class of people that their lives and the crimes that are committed against them become more important and more headline grabbing than the rest of us ordinary citizens.

It is also unconstitutional to provide special classes of people because it violates the equal protection clause. The legislation that should be passed is that all district attorneys, attorney generals or prosecutors have to bring charges that fit the crimes committed no matter who the victim is. Murder is murder, rape is rape, assault is assault and so on.

DirkStar said...

Do you know what the only difference between a closed mind and a closed book is?

The closed book contains wisdom...

J_G said...

dikstart, Well, then you should attempt to open both your eyes and your mind and then you will be able to see the book of wisdom and you can decide for yourself whether to pick it up and read it because it certainly something that could help you.