Yesterday, Mychael Bell was released from jail, after finally being allowed to post $45,000 bail. I see Bell’s release and upcoming trial in juvenile court as a positive sign — in my opinion the whole issue of the Jena 6 was not that these boys were in the right — a beating DID occur, and they certainly should be held accountable for their actions. But this boy should never have been charged as an adult. Finally, there is hope that the punishment will fit the crime.
Read more on Concrete Loop, and if you’re closely following the case, watch today’s episode of Dr. Phil, which will focus exclusively on the case. Dr. Phil is heading to Jena to hear both sides of the story. I also read this interesting and nuanced article on Slate.com, that criticizes those who identify the Jena 6 protests as a reawakening of the civil rights movement.
There are so many divergent and controversial perspectives on this issue in our community. I personally enjoy reading opposing perspectives on this issue, I like an intelligent debate. I don’t agree with everything in that Slate article, but I think it’s really important to think critically, and really research these issues from as many perspectives as possible before falling into lockstep with any prevailing opinion.
I wish a peaceful weekend to all the residents of Jena, Louisiana.