The Jena Six

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 16 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

Am I naïve when I think that racism to this degree doesn’t happen in the United States? I know that racism still exists and will for many more years. Yet, when I read this story, I feel transported back in time to world I’ve only read about.


In September 2006, a group of African American high school students in Jena, Louisiana, asked the school for permission to sit beneath a ‘whites only’ shade tree. There was an unwritten rule that blacks couldn’t sit beneath the tree. The school said they didn’t care where students sat. The next day, students arrived at school to see three nooses (in school colors) hanging from the tree.

via Kottke

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