The Jena 6
As if you’d check here before some other news source, but thought I’d put it out there – The Jena Six:
The cause of Thursday’s demonstrations dates to August 2006, when a black Jena High School student asked the principal whether blacks could sit under a shade tree that was a frequent gathering place for whites. He was told yes. But nooses appeared in the tree the next day. Three white students were suspended but not criminally prosecuted. LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters said this week he could find no state law covering the act.
Apparently in Louisiana hanging nooses from a tree that has been historically known as a “whites only” tree doesn’t qualify as a hate crime. I can only imagine what would qualify in Reed’s mind.