It’s been a couple of days since I updated my blog, but frankly speaking I didn’t know where to begin. There’s been so many twists and turns, ups and downs that I hardly know where to begin. As you read this post, you may think that I’m rambling. I’m not. I’m just trying to get in all in.
Since the Sept. 20 march, where many estimated about 60,000 or more people gathered in Jena, Mychal Bell remains in jail as the judge has refused to release him. Mychal is held without any charges in the LaSalle Parish adult jail instead of juvenile detention. Many people who marched on that historic day had faith that Mychal would join them. That was not the case, and I never thought it would be. Just think about it. That would be too much like right, and the powers that be in Jena would not go down in history and let it be said that they did the right thing.
The right thing. What exactly would be right thing be in the case? In my heart and humble opinion, I believe that the Jena Six teens were involved in a fight that day. I believe that they gave the victim, Justin Barker, a beat down that caused him great injuries. Therefore, I believe that the boys deserved to be punished, but on lesser charges that District Attorney Reed Walters has given them.
The local authorities are amazed that we came to Jena and didn’t cause any problems on Thursday, Sept. 20. Police didn’t issue one ticket, one citation. We did leave a lot of trash, which is to be expected. I didn’t like the fact that people trampled the shrubs at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, but that’s minor compared to what could have happened on that day.
The local authorities are estimating the crowd on that day to be no more than 25,000 people. I beg to differ. I don’t know how one counts that many people but it sure seems like the “official” number is low.
The FBI out of New Orleans is investigating threats the families of the Jena Six are receiving from white supremacists, who posted the names and addresses of the families on a Web site urging their followers to take care of the situation in Jena. I refused to post their threats on this blog, but you get the picture.
According to the local press, Justin Barker’s parents gave an interview to a “reporter” with the nationalist movement because the “reporter” claimed he wanted to tell Justin’s story. They gave the interview, but later said they were “duped” because the “reporter” misled them. I can’t believe out of all of the requests from reputable media outlets, the Barkers would say yes this time. Nevertheless, they did, and the rest is history.
What should have been a good day for me Saturday turned out to be a day of distress after I saw Robert Bailey’s myspace.com page. Judge for yourself, but this is not the image we need to see of Bailey and any of the other defendants.
Bailey’s myspace page has since been taken down, but unfortunately I saw it before it was deleted. I took notice of the page after the local press had the story in that day’s paper. The local press insinuated that the money that Bailey is basking in is from the money people are sending to the legal defense fund. I don’t know, and I sure hope that’s not the case. You be the judge of that. It’s too much for me to even begin to wonder.
For all I know this photo could have been taken before this tragedy occurred. However, there were other pictures of Bailey and another teen wearing “Free the Jena Six” T-shirts. Robert presented himself as a “thug” on his page. Maybe, it’s a teen thing that I don’t know about. I hope that’s the case. There’s already too much going on with this case. We don’t need to find out that the money that many people donated for the legal defense fund is being used for other purposes.
Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and beyond
You may have seen the parents of the Jena Six circling the country making appearances on The Larry King Show, Howard University and Congress. I didn’t get to see The Larry King Show, but I’ve been told Melissa Bell and Marcus Jones, Mychal Bell’s parents, held their own. Also, the Rev. Brian Moran, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church and spokesman for the LaSalle Parish NAACP branch, along with Justin Barker’s parents were expected to be in Los Angeles Monday to appear on the “Dr. Phil’s” talk show. If the Barkers went, this will be the first time that both sides will be in the same place to talk about the issue.
That’s all I have for now. Keep coming back to The Light.