I am very angry and upset tonight and all of it stems from a "White Tree" in Louisiana.
I was reading my blog favorites today -one of which happens to belong to a cousin of mine and her husband who live down in Tennessee. It's on my favorites list then for obvious reasons - a means to keep in touch with them, see how much their little girl has grown, exchange a few family pleasantries now and then as well as show our mutual support of our favorite university and football team. Cousin Erika and I are both graduates of Penn State University and I think you all know by now I'm a big Nittany Lion fan.
Today, when reading Erika's husband's post, I noted in the comments section a reference to a website and a request to support the "Jena 6." I had no idea what this was about but being curious, I copied the url over and opened the site.
What I read there was this article about racial injustice that is alive, very well and kicking furiously down in Jena, Louisiana!
I'm not going to write the details here - you can go to this website and read the articles for yourself - all very well written, detailing what has transpired in this little town.
I will say this much about the situation - and somehow, referring to it as a "situation" makes is seem so much lighter, less important than this really is but I am at a loss for words how else to describe it. It is appalling, absolutely appalling to read about the gross miscarriage of justice taking place in that community in this day and age.
What is wrong with people -people who are in elected positions on school boards, holding high office like the district attorney, the general citizenry of the community at large that they can't comprehend the illegality of their actions? What on earth has to happen to make people understand racism is not just immoral, ethically wrong but carried out the way it was in this town by the legal system, it is illegal!
Please, take the time to read this piece and if you are in a position to step forward and help -even if it is just to make people aware of what happened and is continuing to happen to these people in Jena, Louisiana, maybe it will help in some small way.
To leave this type of treatment continue to be carried out in this country really shows the inhumane side of many people in our society today.