I have held my opinion on this blog from some months now regarding the Jena 6 but I cannot any longer. I felt, at first, that this was not part of our mission at Peace Action. Then I received a press release from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. The release condemns the Islamophobic comments of Rep. Peter King (R-NY). This got me thinking. The media and Congress shake their fingers at the Iraqi government for not overcoming ‘ethic tension’ and not ‘moving forward with the democracy’ – how can we ‘promote democracy’ abroad while we do not uphold it here at home?
The charges brought against these 6 teenagers for fighting at an off-campus party includes attempted murder and theft.
The theft charge stems from one white kid bringing a gun into the house party and threatening the black kids. The black child being charged with theft took that gun away from the fight to eliminate the threat.
The potential murder weapon was not the gun, it was a shoe. A black kid threatened a white kid with a shoe after taking the white kid’s gun – and now that black kid is in jail.
None of the white children have been charged with anything. They were never punished for hanging nooses from a tree to spark the fighting in the first place. They have never been punished for fighting. The town believes everyone in the country is ‘blowing this out of proportion.” This is the most disgusting breech of our justice system since Alberto’s political firings came to light. It’s particularly disturbing how closely these two are chronologically – tells you something about the state of our own ‘democratic’ justice system.
Rep. King believes Muslims are “an enemy living amongst us.” In an interview with The Politico, Rep. King said, “Unfortunately, we have too many mosques in this country. There are too many people who are sympathetic to radical Islam. We should be looking at them more carefully. We should be finding out how we can infiltrate.” Go to our website to see the full press release.
As the Bush Administration beats the war drum toward Iran telling us they hate freedom, they practice state sponsored discrimination, and we must save the innocent Iranians from their dictator I say, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
We have systemic racism that wasn’t discussed until Katrina hit and with the Jena 6 is still a controversial issue. In an interview with USA Today one local resident called the protest a “knee jerk reaction.” We have justice system that is far form blind – more like politically motivated. We have a dictator who shuns the democratic system by ‘staying HIS course.’ More than ever, I am dedicated to eliminating our military presence around the world and focused on cleaning our own house. I demand justice in Jena, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Columbia, Venezuela, Washington, all over the U.S. and the world. I am reminded of a bumper sticker that speaks closely to my heart: “Know Justice, Know Peace. No Justice, No Peace.”