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Wednesday, October 24, 2007



White people were also frequent victims of lynchings. The photos of these lynchings of white victims are virtually indistinguishable for the one you posted. Until the Jena Six incident, few people equated hangman nooses with racism. Most Americans relate lynching to western movies in which posses strung up outlaws, cattle rustlers and horse theives.

An article by a local Jena journalist in today's Christina Science Monitor explained why the three white students hung the nooses at Jena High: "Myth 2: Nooses a Signal to Black Students. An investigation by school officials, police, and an FBI agent revealed the true motivation behind the placing of two nooses in the tree the day after the assembly. According to the expulsion committee, the crudely constructed nooses were not aimed at black students. Instead, they were understood to be a prank by three white students aimed at their fellow white friends, members of the school rodeo team. (The students apparently got the idea from watching episodes of "Lonesome Dove.") The committee further concluded that the three young teens had no knowledge that nooses symbolize the terrible legacy of the lynchings of countless blacks in American history. When informed of this history by school officials, they became visibly remorseful because they had many black friends. Another myth concerns their punishment, which was not a three-day suspension, but rather nine days at an alternative facility followed by two weeks of in-school suspension, Saturday detentions, attendance at Discipline Court, and evaluation by licensed mental-health professionals. The students who hung the nooses have not publicly come forward to give their version of events."

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