The Jena Six—and Other “Hoax Crimes”
As the Washington Post rushed to
remind us, President Bush was "responding to news
coverage of such episodes as the `Jena Six.`" [At
Black History Month Event, Bush Denounces Noose Displays,
By Michael Abramowitz and Hamil R. Harris, February 13,
By now, most folks know the media story.
White students at Jena High in Louisiana hung nooses on
a tree to warn black students not to sit under it. After
a fistfight over this racist outrage, black kids in the
indicted for attempted murder, while the white
racists who hung the nooses walked away with a verbal
Last September, 20,000 traveled to Jena
to march against this prosecutorial outrage.
Fortunately, however, there are still a few real
journalists around. Among them are Craig Franklin,
assistant editor of the Jena Times, whose wife
teaches at Jena High, and Charlotte Allen, who wrote an
extended piece for
The Weekly Standard. According to Allen and
Franklin, here are the facts and chronology you have
been denied by the Mainstream Media.
There never was a "whites-only"
tree at Jena High. Both races sat under it, though
whites congregated there. The nooses, or lariats, were
the work of three young teens, who got the idea from
watching Lonesome Dove on TV,
where rustlers are hanged.
Franklin says they were a joke aimed at
white friends on the rodeo team. As they were painted in
Jena High`s gold and black, Allen reports that the kids
said the nooses were directed at a rival school`s
Western-themed football team.
When school officials confronted them,
all were remorseful. All had black friends, and none
knew the nooses were offensive to blacks.
Far from being let off, they spent
"nine days at an alternative facility, followed by two
weeks of in-school suspension, Saturday detentions,
attendance at Discipline Court and evaluations by
licensed mental-health professionals." [Media
myths about the Jena 6, By Craig Franklin,
Christian Science Monitor, October 24, 2007]
They were not
prosecuted for a hate crime because none of those
who investigated the incident believed they committed a
hate crime. Hung on Aug. 31, 2006, the nooses had been
taken down instantly. Only a few students ever saw them.
September, October and November passed
at Jena High with no racial conflict emanating from the
noose incident of August.
On Dec. 1, however, Robert Bailey Jr.
tried to crash a party at the Fair Barn in Jena. One
Justin Sloan, 22, not a student, put a fist in his face.
So witnesses and Bailey reported to police. And Sloan
was prosecuted for battery.
On Dec. 2, Bailey and two friends jumped
a white male entering the "Gotta Go" grocery.
When the latter ran to get a shotgun out of his car,
they wrested it from him and took it. So two witnesses
at the "Gotta Go" agreed.
Two days later came the "schoolyard
fight." Only this was no fight. Black students
barricaded an exit to the gym and
lay in wait for Justin Barker. As Barker went for
another exit, he was struck in the head from behind by
Mychal Bell. Multiple witnesses say Barker fell
unconscious as a gang of eight or 10 blacks stomped and
kicked him in the head. The assistant principal who
reached Barker thought he was dead.
Barker`s emergency room bill ran to more than
When the six were arrested and charged
with attempted second-degree murder, none of them and
none of the witnesses mentioned the noose incident. It
had had nothing to do with this vicious racist assault.
After the charges were reduced to
battery, Bell, tried as an adult, was indeed convicted
by an all-white jury—because no blacks answered the
summons to the jury pool.
Why was Bell prosecuted as an adult?
Because he had four prior convictions for crimes of
After his conviction was overturned,
Bell was ordered retried as a juvenile. Rather than face
the same 17 witnesses, he pled guilty in December to
hitting Barker from behind, slamming his head into a
concrete beam and kicking him in the head. Sentenced to
18 months in juvenile detention, he agreed to testify
against his co-conspirators.
While some $500,000 has been raised for
the Jena Six defense, its whereabouts is unknown. Bailey
did pose on the Internet grinning, however,
with $100 bills in his mouth. Bell`s mom is said to
be driving a new Jaguar, and Bailey`s mom a new Beamer.
Two other Jena Sixers, Carwin Jones and Bryant Purvis,
appeared in rapper attire on Black Entertainment
Television as presenters of a Hip-Hop Award.
A week ago, 6-foot, 6-inch Purvis, who
had transferred to Hebron High in Carrollton, Texas, was
charged with assault, choking a student and ramming his
head into a bench.
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