October 30, 2007

Jena 6 Myths and Myth-Busters


'Only when lions get to write history, will hunters cease to be heroes'. That is an African proverb that seems to describe the current situation in the mainstream media and the white-controlled blogosphere. Both groups are working overtime to re-write history as it relates to the Jena Six case.

Both groups have given wide marketing to a local reporter from Jena, LA area who woke up one day and decided that he needed to add his spin on the facts.

"The media got most of the basics wrong," he writes. "In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing but false narrative of racial injustice."

The Jena reporter provides his take on a dozen points from the Jena Six storyline:

  • Myth 1: The Whites-Only Tree.
  • Myth 2: Nooses a Signal to Black Students.
  • Myth 3: Nooses Were a Hate Crime.
  • Myth 4: DA's Threat to Black Students.
  • Myth 5: The Fair Barn Party Incident.
  • Myth 6: The "Gotta-Go" Grocery Incident.
  • Myth 7: The Schoolyard Fight.
  • Myth 8: The Attack Is Linked to the Nooses.
  • Myth 9: Mychal Bell's All-White Jury.
  • Myth 10: Jena 6 as Model Youth.
  • Myth 11: Jena Is One of the Most Racist Towns in America.
  • Myth 12: Two Levels of Justice.Myth 2: Nooses a Signal to Black Students.

Fortunately, we have some lions in the nubian regions of the blogosphere that are more than willing to bust the myths. I encourage all villagers that followed the Jena story to check out the myth-busting response by Prometheus 6.

The rhinos in our village love to run with lions such as Prometheus 6!

4 comments:

katherine. said...

I have read many blogs, news articles and op-eds about Jena. It is difficult to know what all the details are...

The All Seeing Eye said...

Thanks for the link to this story. It is a piece that I had not see before now.

Blu Jewel said...

with so much media hype on this issue, it's hard to discern truth from fiction. i'm happy that E.V always seeks to post the truth and investigate stories to get to the heart of the matter.

Villager said...

Katherine, Eye, Blu Jewel - Thank you very much for sharing your village voices with us. I hope you will come back often!