This is too much


When it comes to the injustices forced upon the six boys involved in the now famous Jena Six case,  I’ve pretty much supported those involved.

However, I’m a bit miffed that these boys (Byrant Purvis and Carwin Jones) are acting as if they are celebrities on the red carpet at the BET Awards. Do they not know that they are facing criminal charges handed down by a judicial system that is looking for anything to send them to prison.

Where were the parents? Where are they attorneys of these young men? Somebody should have known that this would not go over well with people, many who took off from their jobs on Sept. 20 to show support to their cause.

Speaking of Sept. 20. While standing near the stage where Al Sharpton and Michael Baidsen held court in front of the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, I thought I was at a concert when the these same young men walked around greeting the crowd. Of course, the screaming girls didn’t help the situation. They treated the young men as if they were Hip Hop artists, instead of the boys who were facing the toughest challenge of their lives.

Certainly, the boys have gained notoreity, but  I don’t think this is the way to go. Somebody, anybody, please remind the boys they are not Hip Hop artists. They are two of the six boys involved in a case that could change the face of America.

The Light, Oct. 15-31


Here is the latest edition of The Light. Please click on the above link.

This issue celebrates spiritual leaders as October is National Pastor’s Month. We also take a look at breast cancer in the black community.

You will read an interesting column by Leonard Ford, “Is there a need for black leaders?”

Leave your comments,

Louisiana governor says Mychal Bell in good hands


BATON ROUGE – Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco issued the following statement today regarding the current developments regarding Mychal Bell:

“I have learned Mychal Bell has been placed in custody of the Office of Youth Development following yesterday’s hearing in juvenile court in Jena. He is not in the same adult facility where he was previously incarcerated, and instead is currently housed at a juvenile facility. OYD is following its customary procedures with Bell, as it would with any youth committed to its custody by a court. OYD will approach the court with its recommendations for placement and service next week. OYD’s goal is to recommend services in the most appropriate and least restrictive placement for all youth. As with all cases, this recommendation will be based on a standard risk assessment tool that looks at a youth’s history, including behavior, school record, family history, any previous offenses and what type, and whether the youth presents a risk to the public. It will also include pertinent records and a psychological evaluation.

“Let me say once again that as Governor, as a mother and as a citizen, I condemn racism in any form, and the people of Louisiana join me in respecting and promoting the rights of all our citizens. My administration has worked hard to reform our juvenile justice system, and changes I have implemented through OYD have made us a national model for reform. I believe OYD will handle this matter in a fair and appropriate manner.”

Police brutality in Alexandria, La.?

 Don’t read any further until you’ve watched the vido clip by clicking on the above link.  If the link doesn’t work, you should copy it into your browser.

Now that you’ve looked at the video, are you as appalled as I am. Almost six months after this dreadful incident, we learn that such tradgedy occurred in our fair city. Why did it take so long? Mayor Jacques Roy is asking that same question.

According to the local press, Sgt. Kenneth Rachal used a Taser stun gun and physically threw Doris Moses to the ground in an incident that occurred on April 8, which was Easter Sunday.

Apparently, the city prosecutor is saying there was no reason to arrest Moses. The mayor and police chief are concerned that the city is in trouble. The chief is already talking about settlements.

Look at the video for yourself. You decide if the officer used excessive force.

Mychal Bell back in jail

A LaSalle Parish Jail ordered Mychal Bell to the Renaissance Home for Youth in Alexandria for 18 months. The judge ruled that Bell violated his probation for  previous juvenile offenses, according to CNN. 

Carol Powell-Lexing, one of Bell’s attorneys, said the judge’s decision would be appealed.

Bell was freed on $45,000 bail on Sept. 27, after an appeals court threw out his conviction on battery and conspiracy charges in adult court and remanded the case to juvenile court.

But Judge J.P. Mauffrey agreed with prosecutors that Bell had violated the probation he was given for four previous juvenile offenses, including two simple battery charges, the sources said.

Bell had been placed on probation until he turned 18.

Do you have a godly spiritual leader?

October is National Pastor’s Month, and The Light will have a special page in its Oct. 15 issue honoring local spiritual leaders.

Let me be the first to say that I believe I have the best pastor in the world. Dr. Joe S. Green, senior pastor of St. Matthew Baptist Church in Boyce, La., is a leader among leaders. In Central Louisiana, he’s called upon to help in all kinds of situations involving the community, the local church and the universal church. Not only does he care for the souls of his members, folks from other churches sometimes would rather call Rev. Green,  than their own pastor. Isn’t that strange.

Of course, as all humans, Pastor Green is not perfect. Yet, his daily walk exemplifies the godly character that Christ has called each of us to live. Unfortunately, every Christian can’t say that about his or her spiritual leader. It seems that more and more we’re hearing of ungodly actions of those who are “called” to keep us on the straight and narrow.

I hate to say it, but some of our pastors, preachers, ministers, apostles, bishops are living far beyond what Christ has called us to and that is holiness. Of course, holiness, is a word that we don’t like to talk about these days. The buzzwords appear to be “prosperity,” “vision,” “potential,” and other words that indicate it’s all about me rather than about God. I’m all for prospering because God has promised to take care of those who are obedient to Him.

OK. That’s enough of that tangent.

Just as with any profession or vocation, there’s always a few who make the others look bad. I’m sure that your pastor, priest, iman or rabbi is not like the ones I described above.

I’ve told you how I feel about my pastor. How do you feel about your spiritual leader?

Noose at Grambling school: History lesson or stupidity



I know you’re asking yourself, “What in the world is happening in this photo?” Let me fill you in before I give you my opinion.

According to the Associated Press the Grambling State University president is investigating a case in which teachers at Grambling State University’s elementary school on campus put a noose around at least one child’s neck and the school newspaper’s publication of photographs of it.

Kindergarten and first-grade students at Alma J. Brown Elementary School were being taught why nooses are a symbol of racism, an article from the historically black university’s student newspaper said.

The article said the children also were being taught about the “Jena Six.”

That’s the facts according to the Associated Press.

These are my opinions

I ran across this story in the local newspaper. My first thoughts were that there was nothing wrong with teachers using the Jena Six saga as a history lesson. That was without seeing the photos.

I ran across the photos and my opinion changed instantly. I became sickened. As a former school teacher, I can quickly think of several ways this lesson could have been presented without “show and tell.” I do believe that the adults involved just didn’t use good judgement. They were stupid.

This morning Grambling’s president is meeting with the concerned parties to get to the bottom of the matter. I’m not sure any meeting is going to make sense of what is certainly gaining worldwide attention. President Judson ordered the photos off of the school’s newspaper Web site. Too late. Just as I’ve captured this photo many others have done so. There’s no taking it back.

The little girl’s life in this photo is changed forever.

Let me know your what you think about this. History lesson or stupidity?