You’ll know that African-Americans have achieved equality when they don’t feel compelled to support thugs:
Martin Luther King III, son of the slain civil rights leader, said the scene was reminiscent of earlier civil rights struggles.
Marching for voting rights is one thing, but for 6 toughs who beat 1 kid into unconsciousness?
“We all have family members about the age of these guys. We said it could have been one of them. We wanted to try to do something,” said Angela Merrick, 36, who drove with three friends from Atlanta to protest the treatment of the teens.
Excuse me but I have family members their age too, and if one of them jumped a kid with five others and beat him unconscious, I sure as hell wouldn’t be marching in the street for him. I wouldn’t even bail him out of jail.
These aren’t 6 kids who were jailed for a crime they didn’t commit. These were kids involved in the beating another kid to unconsciousness. Now that word may not mean much to most people, but making one unconscious – especially a health 16 year old – takes a lot of effort; and it doesn’t take much to go from unconscious to coma and death, which is why the prosecutor initially charged them with attempted murder. That kid is lucky to be alive – and the “Jena 6” lucky to have a prosecutor that quickly ratcheted the charges down to battery.
6 Kids railroaded by the cops for a crime they didn’t commit? That’s an offense worth protesting. But black Americans have got to stop running to the defense of other black Americans who happen to be criminals. I don’t get all charged up about the fact that the majority of child predators and serial killers happen to be white guys. In fact when one is arrested, I feel relief that there’s one less criminal on the street.
These 6 kids weren’t altar boys. They worked together like a wild pack of animals to savage another human being. Chances are they will do so again, and since most crime victims of black criminals happen to be black Americans, their next victim will most likely be another black American.
Will those marching today march for them?
UPDATE: 9/24/2007 – It’s clear that there is more going on with this story than meets the eye – so my above commentary may be off-base. I may have jumped the gun in leaping to my conclusion that the Jena 6 got a fair deal. If so, Aziz P gets some credit for showing me the error of my ways.