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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 18, 2007, 08:04:09 AM »
Y'all probably knew about this case, but I'm posting it here anyway:

Last fall in Jena, Louisiana, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the "white tree" on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a "prank," more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town's police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, "I can be your best friend or your worst enemy... I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."1
A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

It's a story that reads like one from the Jim Crow era, when judges, lawyers and all-white juries used the justice system to keep blacks in "their place"--but it's happening today. The families of these young men are fighting back, but the odds are stacked against them. Together, we can make sure their story is told, that this becomes an issue for the Governor of Louisiana, and that justice is provided for the Jena 6. It starts now. Please add your voice:

The noose-hanging incident and the DA's visit to the school set the stage for everything that followed. Racial tension escalated over the next couple of months, and on November 30, the main academic building of Jena High School was burned down in an unsolved fire. Later the same weekend, a black student was beaten up by white students at a party. The next day, black students at a convenience store were threatened by a young white man with a shotgun. They wrestled the gun from him and ran away. While no charges were filed against the white man, the students were arrested for the theft of the gun. 2

That Monday at school, a white student, who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses, taunted the black student who was beaten up at the off-campus party and allegedly called several black students "n-word." After lunch, he was knocked down, punched and kicked by black students. He was taken to the hospital but was released and was well enough to go to a social event that evening. 3

Six Black Jena High students, Robert Bailey (17), Theo Shaw (17), Carwin Jones (18), Bryant Purvis (17), Mychal Bell (16) and an unidentified minor, were expelled from school, arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder. Bail was set so high -- between $70,000 and $138,000 -- that the boys were left in prison for months as families went deep into debt to release them. 4

The first trial ended last month, and Mychal Bell, who has been in prison since December, was convicted of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery (both felonies) by an all-white jury in a trial where his public defender called no witnesses. During his trial, Mychal's parents were ordered not to speak to the media and the court prohibited protests from taking place near the courtroom or where the judge could see them.

Mychal is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31st, and could go to jail for 22 years.5 Theo Shaw's trial is next. He will finally make bail this week.

The Jena Six are lucky to have parents and loved ones who are fighting tooth and nail to free them. They have been threatened but they are standing strong. We know that if the families have to go it alone, their sons will be a long time coming home. They will lose precious years to Jena's outrageous attempt to maintain a racist status quo. But if we act now, we can make a difference.

Please add your voice to the voices of these families in Jena, and help bring Mychal, Theo, Robert, Carwin, and Bryant home. By clicking below, you can demand that Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco get involved to make sure that justice is served for Mychal Bell, and that DA Reed Walters drop the charges against the 5 boys who have not yet gone to trial.

Thank You and Peace,

-- James, Van, Gabriel, Clarissa, and the rest of the team
   July 17th, 2007


1. "Injustice in Jena as Nooses Hang From the 'White Tree,'" truthout, July 3, 2007

2. "Racial demons rear heads," Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2007

3. See reference #1.

4. See reference #1.

5. "'Jena Six' defendant convicted," Town Talk, June 29, 2007

Other resources:

NPR: Searching for Justice in Jena 6 Case (streaming audio)

Democracy Now! - The case of the Jena Six ...

Too Sense: Free The Jena Six Now

While Seated: Jena Six

Nooses, attacks and jail for black students in Jena Louisiana

Justice In Jena, by Jordan Flaherty

The Perpetrator becomes the Prosecutor (and other related entries)

'Stealth racism' stalks deep South


Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 16, 2007, 06:32:20 AM »
Do you even get points over the summer?  And no, it wouldn't be a great way b/c it's illegal (unless you're working for a nonprofit).

Been racking up 10pts each day..(westlaw)

Jontor! Where ya been?  Nice to see you made it thru to the other side [of 1L] :)

Gemini: We thank God!..I'm currently trying to stay cool in Phoenix.

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 14, 2007, 10:55:49 AM »
Do you even get points over the summer?  And no, it wouldn't be a great way b/c it's illegal (unless you're working for a nonprofit).

Been racking up 10pts each day..(westlaw)

Black Law Students / Re: 1L's & Current Black Law Students
« on: March 29, 2007, 11:10:48 AM »
I have some great K's stuff for anyone that wants it.

It would be nice to get any great stuff on K...sending you a pm

Black Law Students / Re: 1L's & Current Black Law Students
« on: March 19, 2007, 02:40:39 PM »
Interesting, out of my three substantive classes this semester, Crim, Con Law and K, K is the only one class I am yet to fall asleep once. It is my fave so far..until the grades come out...;)

Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: February 28, 2007, 04:43:37 AM »
Interesting Column Published in AsianWeekly:


SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Asian-American leaders are calling on a weekly newspaper to apologize and cut ties with a writer who penned a column titled "Why I Hate Blacks."

In the piece, which appeared in the February 23 edition of San Francisco-based AsianWeek, contributor Kenneth Eng lists reasons why he supports discrimination against blacks, writing, among other things, "I would argue that blacks are weak-willed. They are the only race that has been enslaved for 300 years."

An official at the nationally circulated paper apologized and called the column's publication a mistake.

Leaders at the Asian American Justice Center, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans and other groups are circulating a petition denouncing the piece as "irresponsible journalism, blatantly racist, replete with stereotypes, and deeply hurtful to African Americans."

The petition calls on AsianWeek to cut ties with Eng, issue an apology, print an editorial refuting the column, and fire or demote the editors who published it.

"Something like this should never have been printed," said Vincent Eng, deputy director of the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, who is not related to the columnist. "Deliberate action needs to be taken to make sure this type of hate speech doesn't continue."

AsianWeek, with a circulation of 48,505, issued a statement apologizing for "any harm or hurt this has caused the African American community."

The newspaper plans to hold a news conference with NAACP leaders in San Francisco on Wednesday to discuss how the Asian and black communities "can be different and yet get along and work together," said Ted Fang, the paper's editor at large.

"The newspaper is sorry that this got published, and I am personally sorry that this got published," Fang told The Associated Press. "The views in that opinion piece do not in any way reflect the views of AsianWeek."

The paper plans to review its policies to "understand how this happened and make sure it doesn't happen again," Fang said, calling the decision to publish Eng's piece a "mistake."

Fang's family publishes AsianWeek, along with a local newspaper called the Independent, and owned the San Francisco Examiner between 2000 and 2004. AsianWeek calls itself "The Voice of Asian America."

The column was among several written by Kenneth Eng, who has described himself as an "Asian Supremacist." Previous columns have been titled "Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us" and "Why I Hate Asians."

A telephone listing for Eng could not be located.

Sophie Maxwell, one of the city's top black officials and a member of the city's board of supervisors, said she doesn't believe Eng's column will hurt relations between blacks and Asians in San Francisco. She has co-sponsored a city resolution condemning the article and AsianWeek's decision to publish it.

"This man clearly is very ignorant of African-American history and his own history, and he's very angry," said Maxwell, who represents a district with large black and Asian populations.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Black Law Students / Re: 1L's & Current Black Law Students
« on: February 16, 2007, 07:27:39 AM »
Hello all:
Looking for good K, Con Law & Crim Outlines. If any of you have any of these outlines, please do share with me. My email is
Thanks in advance

Black Law Students / Re: How Come...?
« on: February 07, 2007, 12:36:49 PM »
How come this thread got to second page?
How come grades come out morrow?
How come no sleep for me tonite?

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: February 07, 2007, 12:34:52 PM »
great question.. I don't know but I can tell you the first Black woman was Clara Burrill Bruce from Boston University

Who was the first Black editor in chief of a law review article in America?

Thanks Blk for the information.

Black Law Students / Re: boston/harvard
« on: February 06, 2007, 05:25:18 AM »

Cambridge, especially the Harvard/Porter/Central/Kendall/Inman Square area and into Davis/Ball/Powderhouse/and Teele Squares in Somerville is a really diverse, accepting, and interesting area to live.

Diverse because of students leave after gettting their diplomas?

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