Saying goodbye to the ‘Jena 6’
by ALTON H. MADDOX JR.
Originally posted 10/25/2007
Black leaders belatedly stepped into a hornet’s nest when they supposedly sought to free the “Jena 6.” It was apparently unknown to them that they were dealing with the evil spirits of Bull Connor in 1963 Birmingham and Jim Clark in 1965 Selma. If Dr. King could advise them, he would say that you had better bring your “A” game to Jena.
Instead, Black leaders ran for the tall grass when the bees started flying. Jena, LA after September 20 is now a no-fly zone. Local officials drew a line in the sand. Black leaders responded by getting hat. Jena is history and represents a successful pacification program.
The first leg of the retreat included a stop in the nation’s capital. The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Jena 6, but forgot to subpoena the two prime suspects, Judge J.P. Mauffray and LaSalle Parish District Attorney J. Reed Walters, who fabricated and prosecuted false accusations against Mychal Bell under color of law.
Mychal Bell was tucked away in a prison after 60,000 persons exported the First Amendment to Jena. Mauffray and Walters saw them as “outside agitators.” Someone would have to pay, and the juvenile justice system in Jena could easily put its hands on Bell.
Arbitrary and capricious decisions are routinely accorded immunity under Louisiana law. The prosecutor is accorded prosecutorial discretion and qualified immunity. The judge enjoys absolute immunity. This is why Blacks must always have supportive watchdogs in the judicial system.
No Black child, ensnared in Louisiana’s juvenile justice system, “has any rights that whites are bound to respect.” This is no joke. Once a Black child is captured by law enforcement officials, he or she has the same rights as Africans caught by bounty hunters for the slave trade.
The issues in 1963 Birmingham and 1965 Selma were small potatoes compared to the Jena 6. They were about integrating social rights and participating in plantation politics. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. would desert the Civil Rights Movement in 1967 and demand a redistribution of wealth.
Whites will never get over the 1960s, and they hang nooses periodically to remind us of what is still in store. Eventually, they will make good on this promise. In the meantime, whites are stockpiling assault weapons. This country is headed for a race war with defenseless, in addition to incarcerated, Blacks.
Jena 6 represents our very survival as a people. The statistics are alarming. Nearly 90 percent of all children in Louisiana’s juvenile justice system are descendants of enslaved Africans. Black youth constitute only 39 percent of the state’s youth population.
Louisiana has an official custom of not incarcerating white children unless they pose a clear and convincing threat to other whites. This explains why the white students at Jena High School were given immunity. For years, Louisiana has prosecuted an unchallenged war against Black children.
The white taxpayers have a solution for Black youth. Louisiana, at great expense, arbitrarily incarcerates Black youth. The state spends up to $200 per day to keep Black youth behind bars after they have been railroaded in district courts operating with two sets of books and judges wearing two hats.
It is twice as expensive to incarcerate Black children in Louisiana than to send them to Harvard. Eight students could be sent to Louisiana State University for what it costs to keep a Black child behind bars. Most of this money is used for security instead of education and rehabilitation. Whites are willing to pay dearly for genocide.
The worst statewide prison for Black children in Louisiana was located in Jena, with oversight responsibilities conducted by the local judge and the local prosecutor. This institution resembled a slave ship. Europeans manned the ship and Africans were the captives.
A state judge in New Orleans found that Black youth were being physically abused and were being starved and given few, if any, clothes in Jena. This statewide institution was privatized and lucrative contracts were given to political cronies. A videotape showing some of the abuses took a hike. The Jena facility was closed in 2004.
LaSalle Parish has some of the most mean-spirited whites in the United States. It was local residents who abused Black children under color of law. Black children will pay for September 20, while Black leaders are on the run and living large.
You hear no current demand to free Bell from his false imprisonment. The remainder of the Jena 6 will suffer the same fate on and after November 7. Black leaders are known to engage in double-dealing and to leave Blacks hanging. The noose cuts both ways. As we put more Blacks in political offices, our condition is worsening. Bell who?
The graduate school for the Jena 6 will be the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, which is reputedly the worst prison in the South. Only Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonio Scalia believed that the horrendous beatings at this prison were constitutional.
Despite the harsh conditions at Angola, prisoners have been able to publish the Angolite, a hard-hitting prison publication. The House Judiciary Committee had no interest in hearing from these men, many of whom graduated from the state’s juvenile justice system.
If Dr. King were alive today, he would already be serving time in a Louisiana prison for civil disobedience. There would have never been a detour to the House Judiciary Committee and a call for a one-day “boycott” on November 2. Blacks will be asked to behave like consumers who live in jurisdictions with blue laws.
Consumers will stockpile goods the day before and the local businesses can kill two birds with one stone. This is part of the pacification program that Black leaders disclosed to Gov. Kathleen Blanco. This “boycott” is as threatening to an economy as the blue laws.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for another 1963 Birmingham or a 1965 Selma in Jena. No one is walking in the footsteps of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth or of the late Hosea Williams. Our current leaders harbor the belief that the Revolution will be televised. They spend most of their time in green rooms and no time on battlefields.
It is hard to ignore the argument that the House Judiciary Committee sponsored a dog and pony show on October 16. This was a diversionary tactic to keep the heat off white officials in Jena. Apartheid is running amuck in Louisiana.
Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a Democrat, is running the show. Instead of subjecting her to public criticism, Black leaders have put her in the witness protection program. She enjoys the executive power to pardon Mychal Bell. This should be a demand.
Oct. 27: Alton Maddox will conduct an advanced seminar on “Critical and Strategic Thinking and Legal Reasoning” in the NAC Building at City College in Harlem. The seminar will cover new materials, including political and legal forecasting, like in Don Imus and “Jena 6,” in addition to detecting fallacies, framing syllogisms, writing analogies, understanding legal and racial classifications, constructing definitions for the Black experience and applying legal reasoning to legal problems. Dr. Leonard Jeffries will make a presentation entitled “Systems Analysis.”
For registration information, call (718) 834-9034.
Oct. 30: PWV Acquisitions, LLC v. Maddox, in Manhattan Housing Court, 111 Centre Street, Rm. 523, New York, N.Y. at 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 31: United African Movement will host its next forum at 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman Avenue (Fulton Street) near Classon Avenue in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin Avenue.
See: www.reinstatealtonmaddox.net for “Letter to Sen. Barack Obama on the “Jena 6,” and “Democratic Party and the “Jena 6,” “Strategies to Free the Jena 6” and “Letter to Louisiana Disciplinary Committee on “Jena 6.”