Last week, thousands of peaceful demonstrators came from across the country to protest the criminal injustice done to young African-American men in Jena, La. The protesters spanned the generations and the country’s geography. They came because of the chilling injustice in Jena, where a series of fights began after white students draped three nooses over the “white tree” in the schoolyard. The white students involved got slaps on the wrist; six African Americans were charged with attempted murder.
They came because Jena isn’t simply in Louisiana; similar injustices take place in our criminal justice system routinely. Mothers and fathers came knowing their children could be the next ones accused.
© 2007 The Chicago Sun Times