x-posted @ Comments From Left Field
Via The Thin Black Duke: you go, John Mellencamp.
AP reports that poor ol’ Mayor Murphy McMillin is in a breathless tizzy over the video, claiming the media has “portrayed [Jena] as the epicenter of hatred, racism and a place where justice is denied.” Of the video itself, McMillin said it was “inflammatory, so defamatory, that a line has been crossed.”
Hold on, here it comes. Wait–nope, can’t shed even a solitary glycerin tear.
Hey, at least I tried.
However, amidst all the self-righteous indignation, this little gem caught my (clear-eyed) attention:
[McMillin] said he had previously stayed quiet, hoping that the town’s courtesy to people who have visited over the past year would speak for itself.
McMillin has insisted that his town is being unfairly portrayed as racist—an assertion the mayor repeated in an interview with Richard Barrett, the leader of the Nationalist Movement, a white supremacist group based in Learned, Miss., who asked McMillin to “set aside some place for those opposing the colored folks.”
“I am not endorsing any demonstrations, but I do appreciate what you are trying to do,” Barrett quoted McMillin as saying. “Your moral support means a lot.“
Talk about speaking volumes.