Local support for Jena 6

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

NEWS 12 FIRST at FIVE - September 20, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - You could call September 20th "Blackout Thursday." People wore black to show their support of the Jena 6.

In large letters a banner reads "Jena 6". Students at Josey High School signed it and wore black to show their support.

"I almost found myself in tears because I couldn't believe we had that much support," said Dr. Shannon Moore.

Administrators said it looked like 'a sea of black' as students poured through the front doors at the start of school.

The buzz about Jena 6 started in Dr. Moore's Science class. Her students write daily journals, and one was about the Jena 6. Students described it as "not fair" and said it made them "really feel upset."

"It's not a black or white issue--it's about the right thing," said 11th grader Jacquez Dorsey.

Thousands of people are questioning whether the right thing was done in Jena, Louisiana. People nationwide gathered to show their support for the six black students, jailed after a school fight that landed one white student in the hospital.

The problem started at a tree. White students traditionally hung out at a tree near the high school. One day black students stood by the tree, and the following day, three nooses were hanging from the tree.

The white students were suspended. The black students were put in jail.

Students at Josey say they're glad they can do something to show their support for the Jena 6.

"Even though we couldn't go to Louisiana, we can still show our support by wearing black," said Dorsey.

12th grader Darius Collins says the black doesn't symbolize race--it symbolizes unity.

"It does my heart proud to see that a school can come together to support something going on in a different part of the country. It shows that if there can be unity here--there can be unity there."


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  • by KJ Location: N. Augusta on Oct 26, 2007 at 06:21 AM
    The media is doing a bad job of covering this and giving all details of what happened. The responses that I have read so far speak to why the racial devide is widening and not shrinking because no one is ready to admit any wrong doing. Those 6 boys should be penalized for their actions. Attempted murder is much too harsh a punishment. The 1 beating victim should be punished also, because as I heard it, he was friends with the boys that hung the nooses and antagonizing the boys that beat him. What people fail to realize is that injustice is injustice. A noose (whether you believe it or not) is a murder weapon. Just as dangerous as a knife or a gun to anyone that is threatened with one. That does not make it right for those boys to have beaten one. It also does not speak to why some of the boys that beat the one were also beaten and ridiculed within their community for just being black in the wrong place at the wrong time. Times need to change. Are we as human beings capable of changing?!
  • by Connie Location: Georgia on Sep 21, 2007 at 01:16 PM
    This is for n:First off,you say I am stupid and prejudice for supporting Jena 1(white boy that was beaten)Well,I am NOT prejudice,but if that makes me prejudice,then I guess all the black people that are supporting Jena 6 are prejudice as well!!!!I was simply saying that all of this is uncalled for.White people get blamed for what happened back in the day of slavery.News flash honey,this is the 21st century and not the slavery days.Who do we have to run to when we have issues with something a black person does?You guys have the NAACP,which in my opinion is just a black version of the KKK(which I might add we don't have anymore)You also have the infamous duo,good ole Al and Jesse.I am sickened by the fact that 1 boy was beat almost to death and people are wanting justice for the kids that done it.What about his justice??I don't agree with the nooses in the tree,but he didn't deserve that kind of beating nor would anyone.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2007 at 01:15 PM
    It is amazing to me that some rope almost got a kid killed and started such a fuss. They should have used the rope to hold up sagging pants. Anytime you have six people beating on one unconscious person is just WRONG! Do the crime pay the time.
  • by robert Location: miami florida on Sep 21, 2007 at 11:42 AM
    man dis some *******
  • by Curtis Location: Trenton on Sep 21, 2007 at 10:45 AM
    Why is liberial media just covering the support of Jena 6 and not the support of the law? I feel both parties have done wrong but the fact that 6 boys beat a boy cannot be disregarded. To me the violonce should be dealt with just as it is with that being said, I also think the parents of the 3 who hung the nooses just get some well justifield bad publicity for teaching thier kids that this is the way it should be. My support goes to the 1 and only victim which is the beaten boy. A comment was written about the nooses affecting the Jena 6...give me a break these boys arent hold enough to know any better, all they know is that they were taught to scream victim anytime things get tough or dont go thier way. The parents are to blame both white and black. Folks the victim is the innocent people in this town and the 1 victim...not the Jena 6.
  • by n on Sep 21, 2007 at 10:33 AM
    To Connie you stupid and i mean stupid. You sitting up here talking about you got this one and that one is with a black boy or someone having a mixed child in your family who cares. Most white women that be with black men end up having children by them and the same white women and there families are prejudice. Matter of fact can't stand black people but have had a child that is mixed and got to look in that child face everyday. Know you tell me thats stupid. If you with a black man hes still black if you have a child by a black man the child is still part black. You say your part of Jena1 that's for the white boy not for Jena 6 so that means your a prejudice white woman that don't no matter and [hate speech removed].
  • by Heather Meadows, News 12 Web Producer Location: North Augusta, SC on Sep 21, 2007 at 09:23 AM
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  • by Connie Location: Georgia on Sep 21, 2007 at 09:14 AM
    I think the people that proof reads these blogs are prejudice.I have sent in 2 blogs and my fiancee sent in one,but they haven't been posted.I truly think that there is bad and good in every race.I have a niece that lives with a black boy,my fiancee has a son that lives with a black girland has 2 children,and I have a cousin that has an interacial child.I am NOT PREJUDICE,but so sick and tierd of hearing how the black people have been done wrong.They all need to get over themselves and put the past where it belongs....in the PAST!!!!!!You guys worry about who might get offended,well I think it's high time that the whites start taking up for each other as well.I am a HUGE supporter of JENA 1!!!!!
  • by David Location: Augusta on Sep 21, 2007 at 08:16 AM
    The beating and the noose incidences are two separate things and must be handled as such. The noose in the tree was wrong, stupid and probably should have warranted expulsion rather than suspension. As stupid as this was I'm not sure if the law doesn't look at it as freedom of expression (yes even when that expression makes the blood boil). Vigilanty justice must never be allowed. Also there are no hate crime laws in Louisianna so that doesn't apply. What should the kids responsible for the noose be charged with? The kid beaten into unconsciousness was not involved in the noose incident. The kid beaten had other kids standing on his head while he was unconscious and it was six against one. Sounds like a felony assault to me at the least.
  • by James on Sep 21, 2007 at 04:49 AM
    The problem started at a tree. White students traditionally hung out at a tree near the high school. One day black students stood by the tree, and the following day, three nooses were hanging from the tree. The white students were suspended. The black students were put in jail. The above misrepresentation of the facts is what cuase turmoil in our society. The white students were suspended for hanging the nooses, the black students were put in jail for beating a white student. It doesn't matter if you are black or white both incidences were WRONG and should be punished accordingly.
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