From the Francis Holland blog:
thegrio.com counts the Jena Six March among the ten most important events for Black people of the last decade, saying:
We didn't know what to expect of course and there's no way anyone could have truly predicted the events of the early 2000s. It's definitely been a roller coaster. As we close out the decade and await the imminent arrival of 2010, here are the ten stories that have shaken us up and changed the way we see this country, the world and ourselves.
It feels good to have known political news when I saw it and to have participated in helping to write and catalyze the enormously successul petition and organizing for the Jena Six March, as well has having announced in writing in 2006 and then on YouTube in April 2007, that, 'It's time to end the 43-term white male monopoly of the presidency.'
Not everyone agreed with me initially, particularly many jaded Black bloggers, that it was time for a president who is not a white male, but virtually everyone who is not a Republican or a right-wing independent eventually realized the truth of this proposition.
This post along with the prioritized list of "important stories in Black America during the 2000's" highlights the problem that the power to "self-prescribe' one's own tonic" presents to our interests as Black Americans struggling to obtain and maintain the standard of living that we desire.
In the mind of "The Grio.com" and Mr Holland of AfroSpear fame the actions of a few Black males and a White district attorney in a small town in Louisiana had a more significant impact upon Black Americans than did the daily slashing upon our collective epidermis suffered by our community from other "less noteworthy" self-inflicted wounds from forces from within.
In the bifurcated threat assessment that is present among some Black Americans - no "Street Pirate" will ever be able to do anything that threatens the interests of the Black community to the scale at which J. Reed Walters - the district attorney of Jena Louisiana did to threaten our collective spirits. (Note: The PBS Series: "The History Detectives" ran an episode today that featured a fund-raising stamp associated with the "Scottsboro Boys". They were the group of Black males who indeed suffered from the race driven injustice of a small town, racist White criminal justice system that attempted to railroad them the rape of two White women in a railroad box car in Jim Crow-era Alabama. I strongly suspect that the Civil Rights Establishment was seeking to make the "Jena 6" into the modern day "Scottsboro Boys". The key difference is that the "Scottsboro Boys were COMPLETELY INNOCENT. The story was a complete fabrication)
I am still on a quest to define the formula that models the number of assaults upon Black people by "Street Pirates" that equals the assault of ONE White man in the authority of a police man, a district attorney, a judge or a jailer. Thus far not even the aggregate impact of individual pirate attacks in total in just one large metro area out of many around the nation can trigger such a large protest march where thousands of interested souls are willing to drive more than 9 hours to attend the rally which tells the Street Pirates: "NO MORE!!!".
In my view the "Jena 6" diversion is not worthy of mention in the top 10 list of "important stories" for the decade with respect to Black America. If the "HIV Epidemic" made it to the list despite the fact that this threat has metastasized via one interaction where "body fluids" were exchanged at a time - then so should merit the gross number of "Pirate Attacks" upon the Black Community during the decades. In addition the fact that these CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS did not register on the radar of the Black Civil Rights establishment should also be noted.
There is no other event that took place in the decade that had more "Black people crying on the nightly television news" than what these serial pirate attacks around the nation hath triggered.
In just ONE DAY in ONE CITY'S newspaper - the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
- Man Killed In Dekalb Home Invasion - There Will Be No Protests
- Smash And Grab Street Pirates Hit West End Mall - There Will Be No Protests
- Three Men Shot In A Night Club Argument - (You know the deal)
- Former NFL Player Shot In Dekalb - No Police Involvement - No Protests