How could this still happen? Jena 6
A white only shade tree. A barbershop that only serves white customers. And six black students who were assaulted and only fought back facing 80 years of jail time in a town that is 85% white. What time period does this sound like? 1960? Nope. It happened just last year and the trial is still being carried out to this day.
Here is an exceprt from www.DemocracyNow.org :
Last December, six black students at Jena High School were arrested after a school fight in which a white student was beaten and suffered a concussion and multiple bruises. The six black students were charged with attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy. They face up to 100 years in prison without parole. The Jena Six, as they have come to be known, range in age from 15 to 17 years old.Just over a week ago, an all-white jury took less than two days to convict 17 year-old Mychal Bell, the first of the Jena Six to go on trial. He was convicted of aggravated battery and conspiracy charges and now faces up to 22 years in prison.
Here is a video explaining some of the details and with photos:
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