A clean slate," LaSalle Parish School Board member Billy Fowler said of why the tree was cut down in the past few weeks. "There's nothing positive about that old tree. It's all negative. And I'm serving on the new School Board, and we're wanting to start fresh on some things."
Fowler said the tree eventually would have been cut down for construction purposes, but that he also is hopeful its removal will help heal old wounds.
"School's about to start," he said. "We don't want the Blacks coming back up there looking at the tree knowing what happened, or the whites. We just want to start fresh."
Amazing how reasonable folks get when hundreds of people drive into your town to let you and the other 2,970 residents know of the international support that flows to the six young brothers whose lives have been tossed about by the Jena legal system.
The AfroSpear is committed to keeping a vibrant flow of information on this issue as it still doesn't get the play in the traditional media that it deserves. Personally, I hope that all villagers are sharing information with as many people as possible. We never want to see this Jenacide again in our nation.