Lessons from Jena, La.
Everyone should read this. I am not going to add any comments. This COLUMN was written by a black columnist and I appreciate him being so bold to write this column. Everyone, please take time and read this. We all have to be open to what is going on today and we all can make a difference.
It’s almost never mentioned that Bell’s absentee father returned from Dallas and re-entered his son’s life only after Bell faced attempted-murder charges. At a bond hearing in August, Bell’s father and a parade of local ministers promised a judge that they would supervise Bell if he was released from prison.
Where were the promises and supervision before any of this?
We don’t practice preventive medicine. Mychal Bell needed us long before he was cuffed and jailed. Here is another undeniable, statistical fact: The best way for a black (or white) father to ensure that his son doesn’t fall victim to a racist prosecutor is by participating in his son’s life on a daily basis.
That fact needed to be shared Thursday in Jena. The constant preaching of that message would short-circuit more potential “Jena Six” cases than attributing random acts of six-on-one violence to three-month-old nooses.
Families need fathers and mothers that do what it takes in order to survive in a world that is determined to destroy the family as a unit.
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