Friday, September 28, 2007

Jena 6 Prosecutor And The Power Of Jesus

Before I saw this decision by DA Reed Walters to not appeal the ruling which vacated the conviction of Mychal Bell in adult court and return it to juvenile court, I received an anonymous comment on an unrelated post speculating about the contents of Mychal Bell's juvenile record.

The anonymous commenter may have had the best of intentions, but past crimes don't undo improper actions taken by a prosecutor such as charging a teen as an adult with attempted murder when that teen should have been charged with a lesser crime as a juvenile.

If past crimes mean that present and future injustice against a person or groups should be ignored that will make our country a much more dangerous place to live.

Further, during his press conference the DA has declared that God is on his side in the form of:
"I firmly believe and am confident of the fact that had it not been for the direct intervention of the Lord Jesus Christ last Thursday, a disaster would have happened. You can quote me on that."
How insulting and how blatantly racist. I wonder if he wished he could charge all the protesters with attempted murder since he seems to believe that the town was only saved by the "direct intervention of the Lord Jesus Christ."

He feared what violent and destructive crimes blacks would do while protesting in Jena and when they committed none of the expected crimes, he is unable to admit to himself that his fears were unfounded.

This completely undermines his credibility related to the Jena 6 since this latest intervention echoes his story about how the victim in that case was saved from certain death by the intervention of white students.

If Jesus is intervening in Jena, maybe he saved the lives of blacks from those who hung those nooses at the local high school? I bet this idea would be instantly rejected by DA Walters yet there is a closer linkage between death and nooses than there is between death and demonstrators or between death and fights on school grounds.

This fear and projection absolutely impacts behavior. Unfortunately, this isn't limited to one man or one town. These behaviors have serious ripple effects.

From CNN:

More than three times as many black people live in prison cells as in college dorms, the government said in a report to be released Thursday. The ratio is only slightly better for Hispanics, at 2.7 inmates for every Latino in college housing.
Now the white supremacists want us to believe that this is because blacks and Hispanics are born more violent than whites and that they are born with less mental capacity. I don't buy it.

Monica Lovato, a super flyweight boxer, is working in a positive way to give more options to children in her rural hometown, EspaƱola, New Mexico, which is among the poorest communities and which has a drug overdose rate which far exceeds the national average.

Slapping a label on the residents of that community is easy for many people, but easy doesn't equal right.

Who needs high moral ground?
Is being reasonable is strategic mistake


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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:09 AM   1 comments links to this post


At September 28, 2007 2:10 PM, Anonymous joe said...

I agree with you completely on this. Prosecutors need to be held more accountable when they make mistakes. I'm not saying he shouldn't be punished if he did something wrong (i.e. beat the crap out of someone) but this was too far.


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