JENA SIX: WHY DID THE TOWN LEADERS CUT DOWN THE "WHITE" TREE?

I can't help but think if the school administrators had given the hangers of the nooses serious suspensions-making it clear that no one is going to intimidate anyone in this school based on the pseudo-scientific classification called race-the fight that ensued would not have occurred. If the town leadership really wants to do something healing they can appeal to the District attorney not to destroy these young boys for a schoolyard fight.
JENA, La. -- Here in the woodsy heart of Louisiana, town leaders were looking for a fresh start, a way to erase the recent memory of Jim Crow-like hangman's nooses dangling from a shade tree at the local high school. So they cut the tree down.

But after the events of the past 12 months, that attempt by white officials about two weeks ago to heal the town's deep racial divide before the start of a new school year might be too little, too late.


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***update(8/7)***
Jason Flaherty reports on the march that occurred on Wednesday, August 1 in support of dropping the grossly inappropriate charges against the teenagers involved in a schoolyard fight, aka the Jena 6. Listen

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