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August 30, 2007

don't let the sun set on you in a t-shirt in Jena with your ass hanging out

JENA, La. - Officials at a central Louisiana high school have banned T-shirts supporting six black students accused in the beating of a white schoolmate, saying the shirts are disruptive.

About nine students at Jena High School wore the "Free the Jena 6" T-shirts on Tuesday, and the slogan caused too much of a stir on campus, said LaSalle Parish Schools Supt. Roy Breithaupt.

John Jenkins said his three daughters wore the shirts to make a statement, not to cause trouble.

"They weren't doing anything other than wearing the shirts," Jenkins said. "The school doesn't have a dress code. They were covered. They're trying to tell them what they can and can't wear."

His son, Carwin Jones, is one of the six students charged with attempted murder in the December 2006 beating of 18-year-old Justin Barker.

Barker was treated for a swollen and cut face and released the same day. [full item, h/t Prometheus 6]

I wonder what happens if you wear a "Free the Jena 6" tee and baggy jeans?

Posted by ebogjonson in race and other identities, on August 30, 2007 3:23 PM


Before I delve into your insights on the Jenna Six, I wish to discuss the baggy jeans ban. This reaction reminds me of a rumor/possible truth I heard about Haiti while growing up in the U.S. I remember hearing from then recent immigrants and people who visited the Island in the late 60's-early 70's that Duvalier had made the all famous Afro hairstyle illegal on the island. Having rocked a fro' in the early 70's, I remember being rather shocked at the ban. Later I was told that the Afro was banned in Haiti because it was veiwed as a sign of rebellion, which the Duvalier regime could not accept. Furthermore, the Afro-toting Black panthers of the time were partial to Marxist-Lenninist ideology wich was an anathema to the Duvaliers.
When comparing the pinnacle of fashion politics represented by the Afro to the base mimickry of jailhouse culture the baggy jeans embody, it pains the heart to realize WHAT HAS COME OF BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA? I am no fan of gestapo tactics to stop a bunch of young kids from wearing their clothes the way they want, but DAMN this baggy jeans style is an everpresent reminder of the destruction ignorant socially negative behavior is having on urban youth. Banning the pants is not the answer to the question. The answer lies in decreasing urban crime, teenage pregnancy among black and brown people, job training, basic literacy, and increased high school graduation. Black youth have a 50% high school drop out rate. THESE ARE SERIOUS PROBLEMS. Yet the hipocrasy of the left embodied in the NAACP and Al Sharpton types is that they will spend all day talking about racism, but not talk about Black on Black crime. They will bemoan police brutality but not discuss the fact that the super majority of Black men dying by homicide will be killed by other Black men. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO BLACK PEOPLE SINCE THE 60'S? And the answer is WELL beyond Reaganomics. Though that played a significant role. Baggy jeans are not a problem... They are a sign of a bigger problem...THE NIHILISM OF TODAYS BLACK YOUTH... Check out a documentary that shows Black fashion asthetics when it reflected our politics, not our mental poisoning:

Posted by: Abdul Jabbar at August 30, 2007 6:11 PM

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