x-posted @ Comments From Left Field
So tell me again why Mychal Bell is still in jail (other than his complexion)? As Carmen D. points out, “He has been in jail since DECEMBER 2006“. Kevin’s right: “The Jena Courts seem intent on giving the middle finger to any notion of decency. ”
Speaking of a distinct (and disturbing) bird-flip to decency, CNN also reports that “the FBI said it was looking into an online posting by a neo-Nazi white supremacist group that published the home addresses of all six of the African-American teenagers, as well as the phone numbers of some. The group said on its Web site it is calling on followers to “let them know justice is coming.””
This sort of response, (and more asinine varients, such as this) are hardly unexpected, alas. I have a feeling the noose is going become a rejuvenated icon of hatred for the racist far-right.
None of the top-tier liberal bloggers paid the Jena situation much attention in the weeks leading up to the march, and those of us on the left dedicated to civil-rights and race issues — like myself — tended to let it slide. The bloggers who made this happen were all “bloggers of color” whose own burgeoning network turned out to be truly potent.
Fortunately, their energies made the difference in Jena, and now the whole world is watching and paying attention. That includes those of us who should have been doing so in the first place.
Update: Earl Ofari Hutchinson: enough with the tears; show Mychal the money.