Mr. McDermott was taking a walk early New Year’s Eve when a group of young African-Americans attacked him from behind. They slashed his face, kicked him, and mashed his leg with a lead pipe, the police said. A neighbor banging on a window scared the teenagers away.
Since the beating, Ludlow residents say they pay more attention to their surroundings as they walk their dogs at night. They make sure to lock their doors, even when they are at home. Some plan to install motion-detector lights, alarm systems and security cameras.
No doubt you've heard about this "Hate Crime" where a White is nearly murdered by a gang of blacks, right?
Police said a 15-year-old got off a Capital Metro bus and was walking through this parking lot when three men in a beige Chrysler 300 pulled up alongside her and one of the men asked for her phone number....The driver of the vehicle then exited the vehicle to help his friend. And she began fighting both subjects and they were able to force her into the backseat of the car,” said APD Detective Justin Newsom.
The teenager said the men drove her through some nearby neighborhoods where she was sexually assaulted. She describes the driver as black, mid-30s, heavy-set, balding and wearing silver framed glasses. Another suspect is described as black, light-skinned with afro-style hair, light brown eyes, tall and muscular. The third suspect is described as a black man wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
No doubt you've seen wall-to-wall news coverage of the above story, right?
But the best known of the Jena Six, Mychal Bell, appeared with his team of lawyers at the parish courthouse in this tiny Central Louisiana town of 3,000 on December 3 and pled guilty to second-degree battery, to intentionally inflicting serious bodily injury on another person. In doing so, Bell—who will turn 18 this month and who had repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack—admitted that on December 4, 2006, he hit 17-year-old Justin Barker from behind, slamming Barker’s head against a concrete beam outside the gym at Jena High School and knocking him unconscious, and that he then joined a group in stomping and kicking Barker in the head. Bell agreed to serve 18 months in juvenile custody for the offense and to “testify truthfully” concerning the involvement of the other five members of the Jena Six should their cases come to trial.
Three months before the attack on Barker, on the morning of August 31, teachers and administrators at Jena High School had discovered two crudely constructed hangman’s nooses made of nylon rope hanging from an oak tree in the center of the campus.
The three students maintained that the nooses were a school spirit-prompted prank directed at a rival school’s Western-themed football team (the youths said they were inspired by a hanging in the 1980s television miniseries Lonesome Dove).
This explanation, although belittled by Jena Six supporters, does not seem entirely implausible. The nooses were in Jena High’s school colors—one black, one gold—high-school football is a major fall event in the rural South; and inter-school pranks, such as draping rival campuses with toilet paper, are frequent.
No one who subsequently investigated the noose incident—and that included sheriff’s deputies for LaSalle Parish and the U.S. attorney for Central Louisiana—Donald Washington, who is black himself and led a behind-the-scenes FBI probe of the Jena nooses within days of their discovery—found any connection between the nooses and the attack on Barker in December.
So it was that the attack on Barker—which, viewed from any other angle, was simply a brutal and potentially lethal six-against-one pile-on at a high school—became a civil rights cause célèbre. The Jena Six affair generated more than seven months’ worth of national news headlines and scolding op-eds; became a pet cause of the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the rapper Mos Def, the Congressional Black Caucus, and dozens of black bloggers, commentators, and talk-show hosts (one notable exception was the black contrarian sportswriter Jason Whitlock); provoked a September 20 march through Jena by some 20,000 people (setting a record for a post-1960s civil rights demonstration); and inspired a BBC documentary titled Race Hate in Louisiana; and catapulted Jena into the dubious standing of “the most racist town” in America. Jackson called the charges against the Jena Six a “miscarriage of justice,” while Sharpton labeled Bell “a fine young man” and vowed to keep returning to Jena until “the charges are dropped on these young men and until Mychal walks out of that jail.” A strange logical inversion had occurred in which Barker became the aggressor in the December 4 incident and his six alleged assailants the victims.
But, by the time of the plea bargain, Jena Six supporters were already tiptoeing away from the case, as revelations about Bell’s criminal history and the lack of any connection between the attack on Barker and the nooses began to filter into the press.
Nearly all the symbolic themes—hate crimes, Jim Crow justice, rogue prosecution, and the ghosts of the Old South that were supposed to be alive and well in Jena—that attached themselves to the Jena Six case as the months rolled by can be traced to the work of a single man: Alan Bean, a white American Baptist minister who operates an organization called the Friends of Justice in Arlington, Texas.
Bean decided that it was his job to fire up the interest of the mainstream press in the story by connecting the hanging of the nooses and the attack on Barker in a coherent and dramatic narrative whose overarching themes were institutional racism and systematic injustice. “I knew the nooses were going to be the selling point,” Bean told me in a telephone interview
...to an observer examining the numerous stories about the Jena Six that flooded newspapers, radio, television, and blogs, the three nooses, which appear again and again, are a kind of journalistic dye-marker signaling a tendency on the part of the reporters to rely on Bean’s narrative, his handpicked sources, and the reporting of Witt.....instead of doing their own legwork by consulting court records and other documents..
No doubt you've seen the Old Media back up and apologize for its false reporting of the events in Jena with the same zeal with which they originally expressed in demonizing White people, right?
The Liberal establishment (whose mouthpiece is the Old Media) just cant let go of its own fantasy and acknowledge reality.
Insisting that racial equality exist in a world where the races are in fact not equal, is like running after the end of a Rainbow for a pot of gold you're certain is not there.
For the Old Media and the Liberal of today, the quest for that gold defines their existence.
Thus they continue to demand from fantasy, that which can never be made into reality...