Although I am not naive enough to believe that racism is gone from our society, I am saddened to know that it can still be dispalyed in such a blatant manner. I personally have never been the recipient of overt racism, however, indirectly I see on a regular basis.
It has been said that Jena 6 could be the new "civil rights" movement. Unfortunately for me, I'm not sure if this is the case. I wonder where our "leaders" were when the nooses were being hung on the tree? Perhaps if they had been around, there would not have been a need for these six african american boys to take matters into their own hands. Futhermore, where will these "leaders" be when the smoke clears? Somehow it seems that they only become visible when there is an opportunity for press coverage.
I then wonder about us as a people. Have we become too complacent? Are we allowing other cultures to believe that since they have thrown us some bones, (a little money, fame, etc.), that we are happy with the status quo. I suppose to that end, we should not only rely on our "leaders" to make change. Rather, we as a people should rise to the occassion and tell society enough is enough.
Lastly, what of the Jena 6? Should they be punished for what they have done?