Sunday, September 23, 2007

My Jena Complex

I've been meaning to write about the Jena Six but I haven't done it. It's a very strange situation. I'm trying to figure out why it's felt so impossible to write about despite how strongly I feel about it. I think it has to do with the fact that it happened here in Louisiana. It's humiliating to think that we need all of these people from outside of the state just to get justice in one case.

I'm really going to have to get over this, today.

3 comments:

michelle said...

It's humiliating to think that we need all of these people from outside of the state just to get justice in one case.

What's humiliating about it, specifically?

And -- Hmmm I don't know if this is relevant but ... the thing that's been bugging me about some of the mainstream approaches to the Jena struggle is that it is too easily fit into a framework in which certain places (eg the Southeast) are (or are accused of being) "racist" and somehow behind the times, in contrast to the overall United States which is more "reasonable" and "evolved."

That was a dynamic in relation to the the Civil Rights Movement, and it was useful but in some ways then didn't easily open into looking at how the entire United States as a nation is built on and depends on the racism/white supremacy as a foundation for its existence.

I just wonder if shame is part of this dynamic in various ways. But maybe that is not what you're talking about at all.

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DaisyDeadhead said...

I am with you, Bint... and I feel that way in a generalized "southern" way! I can only imagine how difficult it is when it's your own state!

It's hard to explain how that feels to people who haven't been talked down to SPECIFICALLY because of where they live! (I remember thinking, almost reflexively: at least it wasn't South Carolina.) :(

You write about it, I will link you --as a local black woman's perspective--fair deal?

Love ya!

Tamika said...

Its okay, I have very strong emotions about the Jena 6, I just don't know how to express my outrage in a constructive manner. I've enjoyed reading you blog.