Jena, LA

“A 2000 study co-sponsored by the Justice Department codifies the obvious: People of color receive starkly unequal treatment in the ‘justice’ system.

“Where blacks are concerned, it seems, that system often still exists not to enforce the law and protect order, but to intimidate and compel. But at least they care enough about appearances these days to lie.”
Leonard Pitts Jr.: White justice, black justice, In Jena, and in America, they still are not the same, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Friday, September 21, 2007

I have been thinking about Naomi Wolf’s book: the injustice she’s writing about has always been true for people of color, except now it might happen to (more) white people. Much of the South was built with convict/slave labor. The song “Crossroads” is about a Black man after dark who is in an area where Blacks could be kidnapped to prison indefinitely without trial just for being Black after dark in that area.

I went to the crossroads, fell down on my knees
I went to the crossroads, fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above, have mercy now, save poor Bob if you please

Standin’ at the crossroads, tried to flag a ride
Whee-hee, I tried to flag a ride
Didn’t nobody seem to know me, everybody pass me by

Standin’ at the crossroads, risin’ sun goin’ down
Standin’ at the crossroads baby, the risin’ sun goin’ down
I believe to my soul now, po’ Bob is sinkin’ down

You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
That I got the crossroad blues this mornin’, Lord, baby I’m sinkin’ down

I went to the crossroad, mama, I looked east and west
I went to the crossroad, babe, I looked east and west
Lord, I didn’t have no sweet woman, ooh well, babe, in my distress
Crossroads Blues, Robert Johnson, from the November 27, 1936 recording session in San Antonio, Texas. Blues Lyrics Online

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One Response to Jena, LA

  1. janinsanfran says:

    Exactly — U.S. white are getting more of the treatment people of color have long received from our elites. Guess what? We don’t like it.

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