I am trying to make sense of this one. Why were the white students not charged in their assaults? And I must ask…seriously? There is a white section (next to a tree)? And a when a black student dared to ask to sit there, they responded by hanging nooses on the tree? What is the damage here?! Hanging nooses in 2007?!
And I have no problem with students paying a penalty for assaulting a person. But where is the threat of 100 years to the white students accused of beating a black kid who showed up at their “whites only” party? Or the one who pulled a gun on some black students? Why are these kids not facing the same threat? (Well, I think we know why…I just wish it was not true)
This is just angering, heartbreaking and stunning. In 2007 we still have people seeing such hate and division as acceptable. We still have people working to instill terror in the hearts of minority groups. What the hell is wrong with people?! Nooses?! Would Michael Richards sell out in this town?
On the other hand, I am troubled by the “No Justice No Peace” chants. Since the “No Peace” part usually means innocents getting hurt, not the guilty. In the L.A. Riots, it was not the four policemen on trial that paid the price (although the Rodney King case was a tragedy in more ways than one). It was innocent people on the street, innocent shop owners. No Justice, No Peace results in mob violence and is no better than the lack of justice it claims to oppose. And it is frightening, because that is exactly the point in chanting “No Justice No Peace”. It’s supposed to invoke the L.A. Riots. It’s supposed to scare people into compliance. And that is every bit as bad as the injustice going on here in this small town. I want to see protesters step back and not be as big a threat to human safety as the racist thugs. I want to see a better solution than threats of violence like “No Justice No Peace”.