The Congressional Black Caucus today petitioned Gov. Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana to commute the sentence of an African-American thug because he beat up a white kid.
If you've relied on television and mainstream media reports to inform your knowledge of the so-called Jena 6, then you might suspect me of coloring (no pun intended) my characterization of Mychal Bell and his victim. If that's the case, I encourage you to read this article from October in the Christian Science Monitor.
Myth 7: The Schoolyard Fight. The event on Dec. 4, 2006 was consistently labeled a "schoolyard fight." But witnesses described something much more horrific. Several black students, including those now known as the Jena 6, barricaded an exit to the school's gym as they lay in wait for Justin Barker to exit. (It remains unclear why Mr. Barker was specifically targeted.)
When Barker tried to leave through another exit, court testimony indicates, he was hit from behind by Mychal Bell. Multiple witnesses confirmed that Barker was immediately knocked unconscious and lay on the floor defenseless as several other black students joined together to kick and stomp him, with most of the blows striking his head. Police speculate that the motivation for the attack was related to the racially charged fights that had occurred during the previous weekend.
This is the guy the CBC wants freed. It's ironic that many in the black community rightly complain about black-on-black crime, but then elect people (the CBC) who want to unleash these people on the community.