September 21, 2007

Racism: First Jena 6, Now This

Contrary to the absurd claims of Tony Snow, racism is alive and well in the United States. As if the reputation of the Southern states couldn't get any worse, we have another incident involving nooses in Louisiana. Unfortunately, the Jena 6 case did not receive anywhere near the attention it deserved until more than a year later. One wonders if this latest example will be similarly ignored by the media.

According to CNN, two suspects, at least one of whom told police he and his family are Klan members, were arrested in Alexandria, LA, after nooses were observed hanging from the back of their pickup.
Alexandria is less than an hour away from Jena, Louisiana, and was a staging area Thursday for protesters who went to the smaller town to demonstrate against the treatment of six black teens known as the "Jena 6" in racially charged incidents.
Maybe it is time we finally have that discussion about race in America that we were supposed to have after the Don Imus fiasco. I won't hold my breath.