Our History Spotlight: Jena 6


In December 2006, six black students in Jena, (a mostly white), small Louisiana town, reportedly beat a white student after numerous racial incidences at the school. Because of what was considered harsh, inconsistent treatment of the black students, an estimated 20,000 protesters traveled to Jena to demonstrate. The judge was removed from the case in August of 2008 for making biased statements. Five of the codefendants are still awaiting trial. No one every said what the boys did was right but we still need fair judgement and has yet to be seen but it’s process but overall it was good to see us as people still able to stand up for one another, would like to see this more often than killings on the news.

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