Local students return from Jena

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

AUGUSTA, Ga. - It's back to the normal routine at Paine College. But students here have made their mark in history.

"It was pretty amazing to see all those people gathered for the same cause--just thousands of people coming together to fight for justice," said Sophomore Justin Tigner.

Tigner was one of 80 students from Paine who traveled to Jena, Louisiana for what some people are calling--a civil rights march for justice and equality.

"Our school was a part of history--when you're contributing to something that's going down in the books for years to come--this was a really important event."

So important -- that the Dean of Students, Dr. Elais Etinge, will hold a forum soon to discuss the Jena 6 movement--to make sure all students understand the true meaning of the march.

"The matter was not to support the guy for what he did--but the penalty for which he was given was inappropriate--nobody condones violence in any form, but the punishment should fit the crime," said Dr. Etinge.

Mychal Bell was the only one of the Jena 6 still being held in jail. In addition to marching and opposing what could be a 22-year sentence for Bell--Paine students also helped others in raising money for his bond.

"There was no violence. Everybody was happy--no counter-demonstrations like some of us were expecting," said Etinge.

The students say--if they had to...they'd do it all again.

"It's not about race, it's about injustice. If it happened to anyone--I would feel we should stand up for them too--because wrong is wrong and right is right," said Tigner.

A forum called " Reflections on the Jena 6 Protest" will be held Monday on the campus of Paine College at 2pm. It's free and open to the public.

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  • by KJ Location: N. Augusta on Oct 26, 2007 at 06:31 AM
    Apparently ignorance is bliss. If white people are outraged by the injustice, why would they themselves not get a shirt like some of the others that are taking a stand? In order for people to really understand that racial hatred is embedded into our society, they would have to study history. Socio-political profiling is characterized in early literature that states that blacks are inferior "physically and emotionally". I think that is what makes blacks so very sensative to many things that whites seem not to understand. Because they have never been subjected to things that are commonplace to young black citizens of the United States. They say that racism is dead, but it is not dead. It is subversive and calculated and engrained into today business and social societies. Go back and research instead of just spitting nasty things out of ignorance. I find it hard to believe that the Man Upstairs would create a race of individuals that are not as capable as any other. Thats just dumb.
  • by NIck Location: North Augusta on Sep 28, 2007 at 07:22 AM
    They need to charge those six black boys. The white boys were just playing a joke. They all need to be put in the chair and killed. I love hate!!!
  • by Anne Location: Augusta on Sep 23, 2007 at 07:28 AM
    This is not the shirt most were wearing at the airport yesterday upon return. If it's not a race issue.... don't wear shirts that will alienate those who are white who agree with this injustice.
  • by ron Location: augusta on Sep 22, 2007 at 06:35 AM
    Your station has made too much out of this Jenna 6 story. If you revisit the facts of the story, the white tree and nooses were last year and the tree was cut down. The white tree and the nooses were done out of ignorance, but not criminal. The beating of the white boy happened recently and was criminal. After kicking him to unconsciousness, they continued to kick his head and body. You supporting the trip only increases the racial divide here in Augusta.
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