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Whiskey tango foxtrot. [Friday, Sep. 21st, 2007|01:20 pm]
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Two arrested in noose incident near Jena, Louisiana

ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (CNN) -- A Louisiana city that hosted many of the "Jena 6" protesters Thursday became the site of a racially charged incident of its own.

Authorities in Alexandria, less than 40 miles southwest of Jena, arrested two people who were driving a red pickup Thursday night with two nooses hanging off the back, repeatedly passing groups of demonstrators who were waiting for buses back to their home states.


[User Picture]From: flightviolation
2007-09-21 08:25 pm (UTC)

time warp

that is my home town.

oh godDAMN it. i can't even imagine how this is going to go down.
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[User Picture]From: mooflyfoof
2007-09-21 08:35 pm (UTC)
People make me sick.
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[User Picture]From: zoe_trope
2007-09-21 08:43 pm (UTC)
Hanging nooses from a pickup truck = hate crime

Hanging nooses from a tree = harmless fun!
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2007-09-21 09:20 pm (UTC)
FWIW, Wikipedia has a summary of this nonsense for those of us who are too lazy to try and piece the timeline together from dozens of different articles.
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[User Picture]From: black_pearl_10
2007-09-21 09:22 pm (UTC)
"The driver and passenger are white, according to the police report."

I'll take "That's Pretty Fucking Obvious" for $500, Alex.
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[User Picture]From: dahled
2007-09-21 09:48 pm (UTC)
um... wow.
are you supprised though? none of this really supprises me. disgusts me, sure - pisses me off, absolutely - but suprises me, not in the least.
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[User Picture]From: spokenn
2007-09-21 10:11 pm (UTC)
I hear ya on that and...

man, that makes me incredibly sad.

I wanna be surprised. I wanna say "WTF?" for real.

But that's not reality. And reality is shit.

I'm tired of this being reported as if it's reasonable that in 2007 that there was a "white tree" where only whites were allowed.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2007-09-21 10:26 pm (UTC)
And then cutting down the tree, as though its roots in Southern racism will suddenly vanish.

I feel a poem, riffing off of "Strange Fruit", coming on.
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[User Picture]From: spokenn
2007-09-21 10:35 pm (UTC)
I missed that...

I feel a "my southern roots" poem coming...

These are the days I'm glad I'm 1/4 redneck.

You can ignore your family tree only for so long, que no?
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[User Picture]From: dahled
2007-09-21 10:41 pm (UTC)
word THAT!

there ain't no white tree any more btw - they cut the offending flora down - like it was the tree's fault or something.

to me that's just the south.
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[User Picture]From: spokenn
2007-09-21 10:50 pm (UTC)
I kinda see why... in a school admin. sense.

It's also like the "no one gets to play there then" kinda thing my parents used to run on me and my sister when we fought over a toy.

But the symbolism of the tree, with the roots... deep ass roots at that... is too much.

It's disturbing that they got rid of it instead of saying there are no exclusive areas or trees.

Clearly they are not poets.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2007-09-21 11:05 pm (UTC)
It's the equivalent of taking the ball and going home instead of owning what actually happened and supporting the black students in their quest for equality on school grounds.
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[User Picture]From: alceria
2007-09-21 09:53 pm (UTC)
Is it wrong that part of me wishes that happened in Detroit, because the asshats riding in the truck would have been shot probably within their first roll around the block?
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[User Picture]From: baconmonkey
2007-09-21 09:54 pm (UTC)
I don't see how that can't be seen as a threat of death, or at least injury. if they drove by waving knives would it be any different?
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[User Picture]From: imnotandrei
2007-09-21 09:59 pm (UTC)
Best quote on the subject, from a USA Today article:

"The best charge would be aggravated ignorance, but that charge doesn't exist," Sgt. Clifford Gatlin of the Alexandria Police Department tells On Deadline.


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[User Picture]From: dykestar
2007-09-21 10:39 pm (UTC)
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