Melanie Hunter | Senior Editor | Friday, October 19, 2007
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a talk show host, author and president of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny), said in a press release that the recent congressional hearing on the 'Jena 6' case of six black students charged in the unprovoked beating of a white classmate, was a "disgrace."
The assault took place several months after a noose was found hanging from a tree on school grounds. Rev. Al Sharpton called on lawmakers to expand hate crime laws to make a noose hanging a federal hate crime even for juveniles.
"The attack on Justin Barker (white victim of the 'Jena 6' beating) is the real hate crime - so who's representing his interest?" Peterson asked. "We need to expose the racial double standard of these false black leaders in order to stop them from destroying this country."
House Democrats and black activists blamed the Bush administration for doing nothing to stop additional copycat noose hangings reported since the Jena 6 case.
"Shame on you ... why didn't you intervene?" Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) yelled at Donald Washington, the U.S. attorney for Louisiana's western district, during a congressional hearing this week.
"This hearing was an absolute disgrace," Peterson said. "The same race hustlers who created this racially divisive atmosphere are now going to write laws to fix the problem? Shame on John Conyers and the Republican members for allowing this circus to continue," he said.
"Black Democrats have no answers for serious social issues destroying black Americans. They're only interested in holding on to political power. This is why they're defending the 'Jena 6 thugs' - and trying to fabricate a racial crisis. Whites need to speak up and stop giving into these race hustlers' demands," Peterson added.
Meanwhile, two of the 'Jena 6' defendants were allowed to leave the state to attend BET's Hip Hop Awards, which was broadcast Thursday night, after receiving the court's permission.
Carwin Jones and Bryant Purvis presented the Video of the Year award to rapper Kanye West. The two thanked their "fans," the "hip hop nation" and other supporters. The rally in Jena, La., was proof that "our generation can unite and rally around a cause," Purvis said.
Make media inquiries or request an interview about this article.