Its the Young People Stupid….

12 09 2007

News coverage of the Jena 6 controversy has recently increased in no small part because of Rev. Al Sharpton’s, Rev. Jesse Jackson’s, and Martin Luther King III visits to Jena, Louisiana. While it’s certainly great to see such figures keep part of the national spotlight on this story, a concerted effort must be made to sustain media attention of this issue.

That’s why it’s so encouraging to hear of demonstrations held this past Sunday in Chicago to protest the charges, students in Durham, North Carolina and Albany State organized a bus trips to Jena, Louisiana for the September 20, 2007 to support the Jena 6 teens. I hope the young people that attend the September 20th marches actually become the face of black America’s frustration of this case instead of say Rev. Al or Rev. Jackson. That day is significant because it also happens to be when Mychal Bell, one of the Jena 6 teens, will be sentenced on an aggravated second-degree battery conviction. He could get up to 15 years in prison.

Nothing against the dynamic media duo, but it’s the young people driving the activism on this issue, not our elders. And news coverage of the September 20th marches should reflect that fact.

Free the Jena 6.


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