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Media myths about the Jena 6 (A local journalist tells the story you haven't heard)
Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 24, 2007 | Craig Franklin

Posted on 10/23/2007 10:58:14 PM PDT by RWR8189

By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they've all heard the story of the "Jena 6." White students hanging nooses barely punished, a schoolyard fight, excessive punishment for the six black attackers, racist local officials, public outrage and protests – the outside media made sure everyone knew the basics.

There's just one problem: The media got most of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing but false narrative of racial injustice.

I should know. I live in Jena. My wife has taught at Jena High School for many years. And most important, I am probably the only reporter who has covered these events from the very beginning.

The reason the Jena cases have been propelled into the world spotlight is two-fold: First, because local officials did not speak publicly early on about the true events of the past year, the media simply formed their stories based on one-side's statements – the Jena 6. Second, the media were downright lazy in their efforts to find the truth. Often, they simply reported what they'd read on blogs, which expressed only one side of the issue.

The real story of Jena and the Jena 6 is quite different from what the national media presented. It's time to set the record straight.

Myth 1: The Whites-Only Tree. There has never been a "whites-only" tree at Jena High School. Students of all races sat underneath this tree. When a student asked during an assembly at the start of school last year if anyone could sit under the tree, it evoked laughter from everyone present – blacks and whites. As

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1 posted on 10/23/2007 10:58:16 PM PDT by RWR8189
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To: RWR8189
I wish this came out earlier.
Don't people understand that if they don't get the facts out early the race-baiters will define the issue?
3 posted on 10/23/2007 11:04:48 PM PDT by rmlew (Build a wall, attrit the illegals, end the anchor babies, Americanize Immigrants)
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To: RWR8189

Imagine that. The MSM and race baitors working in concert to get a story peversely wrong


4 posted on 10/23/2007 11:13:23 PM PDT by SShultz460
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To: RWR8189
The reason the Jena cases have been propelled into the world spotlight is two-fold: First, because local officials did not speak publicly early on about the true events of the past year, the media simply formed their stories based on one-side's statements – the Jena 6. Second, the media were downright lazy in their efforts to find the truth.

Wrong. The reason the media told the Jena 6 lies is that they seek to undermine American unity and self-confidence in order to bring about socialistic world government.

5 posted on 10/23/2007 11:17:05 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: SShultz460

What bothers me is how many posters on this forum trashed the white students and essentially gave a pass to the Jena 6.

The white students were supposed to be racists, and the Jena 6 were just racting.

Strangely even the Jena 6 didn’t blame the violent attack on the nooses until after the media got involved. First statements from them after the attack didn’t mention the nooses at all.


6 posted on 10/23/2007 11:18:04 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has PAY FEEVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
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To: RWR8189; Admin Moderator

Are we able to print the whole story from the Shristian Science Monitor? Or only paragraphs and summaries?


7 posted on 10/23/2007 11:19:16 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: DoughtyOne

But lets all not forget. This is not the medias fault. They are blameless.
POTUS Bush should have put together a state run information organization to broadcast the real truth to us poor misguided citizens.

That worked so well for the soviets, after all.

Its not the medias fault.


8 posted on 10/23/2007 11:26:26 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: RWR8189

Thank you for posting this. I confess to not following this very closely. It’s a little hard for me to believe that the high schoolers who hung the nooses weren’t at all aware of the symbolism of nooses in the South, though. (Be easy on me, I’m a northern gal, and someone who is old enough to have gone to public school when they actually taught you something.)


9 posted on 10/23/2007 11:32:51 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (FRED!)
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To: Grimmy

Yes, the media is treated so unfairly in the U.S. We damand the full truth, unlike the readers of the heroic press of the former USSR.


10 posted on 10/23/2007 11:33:38 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has PAY FEEVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
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To: RWR8189

This makes me ill. The MSM is sick. Those first boys got too much punishment for their prank with the ropes. Good grief. No wonder kids are growing up with so many mental problems the school system and the adults are driving them crazy.


11 posted on 10/23/2007 11:41:39 PM PDT by therut
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To: Theresawithanh

I believe it. Many kids today do not even realize what racism was to a great extent. I grew up in the 1960’s in Arkansas of all places and never saw racism. Hard to believe I know. But small towns were and still are that way. We knew each other too much to be hateful.


12 posted on 10/23/2007 11:45:12 PM PDT by therut
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To: RWR8189

Truth has never been a big concern for the media. In the mid-70’s, my husband got out of the military and went back to school in Arkansas. We lived in an unusual corridor, where we could hear the pure news alerts from the AP & UPI before they made the evening news. I was shocked at the story on the TV, having heard the unedited stories earlier in the day. That was in the 70’s when it probably was closer to the truth than what we get today. It is easy to become a conspiracy nut when you see stuff like this, but I feel the conspiracy is not the government trying to regulate the news...it seems more the news companies want to manipulate the news.


13 posted on 10/23/2007 11:48:39 PM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: RWR8189
In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism.

not that he tried very hard or anything. This is just par for the course.

14 posted on 10/23/2007 11:51:46 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

CSM is on the excerpt only list.


15 posted on 10/23/2007 11:56:32 PM PDT by RWR8189 (Fred Thompson for President)
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To: Shery

Wait a minute, the MSM got the story wrong? Next you’ll tell me we aren’t losing in Iraq!


16 posted on 10/23/2007 11:56:51 PM PDT by benjamin032
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To: DoughtyOne
Just yet another example of the media creating the news, sensationalizing a story to boost ratings, and of course advance the Democrat agenda. MSM are just as bad of race baiting as are the democrat masters in the field, Jackson and Sharpton.

The rope in the tree had nothing to do with blacks, nor was it directed toward them, the "tree in question wasn't even a "white only tree", and until the race baiters showed up, people got along fine in that school and town.

The white kid simply got jumped, and the race baiters turned it into a racial issue.

See how racism is created where it doesn't exist by the media and black leaders in this country? I've always noticed that no matter what, if there are black and white people talking about something, like on a talk show, etc. It's always the black person that makes a "black and white" comment. Every single time, no matter what the conversation. Just watch the view. every single show, Woopie or the otherone always brings up something against "whitey" or about whitey. They always have to bring up skin color no matter what.

17 posted on 10/24/2007 12:24:59 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: therut

Same here. Racism is something I learned along the way from those who claim to be it’s victims. THEY are the racists. Always blaming anyone with white skin for their problems. It doesn’t matter who you are or where your from. If your white, it’s you’re fault.


18 posted on 10/24/2007 12:30:57 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Nathan Zachary

Couldn’t a small municipality file some actions against the media along the lines of insighting to riot, defamation or some such? This would be a great case to use as a platform to slap down the media. The white boys could sign on to the case and would certainly have standing due to the slander the press aired against them. The school, the local DA and other agencies might also jump on board.

I guess this is grasping at straws but I’d love to see the media get bitch slapped so hard it would knock them into the next decade.


19 posted on 10/24/2007 12:36:28 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has PAY FEEVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
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To: RWR8189

thanks, bfl


20 posted on 10/24/2007 12:41:29 AM PDT by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: RWR8189
Never let truth get in the way of the race baiters, Civil rights leaders urge DC march
21 posted on 10/24/2007 1:08:53 AM PDT by DakotaRed (Liberals don't rattle sabers, they wave white flags)
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To: Nathan Zachary
well, you all will be happy to know that the trial of Orange Taylor, the black student accused of raping and killing a white college girl was declared a mistrial, partly because one black woman couldn't convict....

this Orange guy states that she was already dead, so he just raped her ( pulled her tampoon out and flung it across the room) and left her there half naked, and never called the police...oh, and stole a few items as well....

somehow, the two holdouts...one black...not sure about the other....thought that the girl just took her bottom clothes off, pulled up her shirt, put a pillow over her face, and pulled her tampoon out and tossed it across the room, and just upped and died.......

I am so sick of our two tier justice system....blacks won't convict black men of anything...especially rape or killing of a white girl....

I believe we will see someday true vigilantes....

22 posted on 10/24/2007 1:19:44 AM PDT by cherry
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To: DoughtyOne
Comrades, comrades we can all agree that Pravda was good for the bird cages.
23 posted on 10/24/2007 1:49:32 AM PDT by carumba (The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Groucho)
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To: RWR8189

Bump


24 posted on 10/24/2007 2:10:43 AM PDT by sport
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To: rogue yam

Wrong. The reason the media told the Jena 6 lies is that they seek to undermine American unity and self-confidence in order to bring about socialistic world government.

5 posted on 10/23/2007 11:17:05 PM PDT by rogue yam

Your reply cannot be said loud or often enough. Every word you say is true.


25 posted on 10/24/2007 2:12:34 AM PDT by sport
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To: RWR8189

Good article. Just like the Duke case, if we just wait, the truth eventually comes out. Unfortunately, as the article says, the media does not apologize for their biased reporting. They just move on.


26 posted on 10/24/2007 2:32:44 AM PDT by Rocky
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To: rogue yam; DoughtyOne; sport
rogue yam>Wrong. The reason the media told the Jena 6 lies is that they seek to undermine American unity and self-confidence in order to bring about socialistic world government.

Before you go jumping onto that horse, consider...

DoughtyOne>What bothers me is how many posters on this forum trashed the white students and essentially gave a pass to the Jena 6.

Does anyone think that all those FReepers are pushing for a socialistic world order?* Obviously not, which illustrates why so many in the media reported the what they did...because of poor (lazy) primary reporting and the propagation of the partial story that was available at first. It wasn't any idea of dividing America or other nonsense...it was that the reporters on the scene believed the race-baiters out of laziness and stupidity and the great story it made, and the downstream papers had nothing else upon which they could rely.

As Bernard Goldberg pointed out in Bias, there's no organized conspiracy among all the journalists out there. There are left-leaning tendencies of individuals, and low enough salaries that you don't get many highly logical or investigatory-minded recruits, so the net effect is one of bias, even if it's not organized.


*well, other than the neocons ;-)

27 posted on 10/24/2007 2:51:57 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Shery
We lived in an unusual corridor, where we could hear the pure news alerts from the AP & UPI before they made the evening news. I was shocked at the story on the TV, having heard the unedited stories earlier in the day.

As a former editor-in-chief (yes, that was the title...no AP style at our papers! :-), I can confirm how shocking this can be...to see the raw feeds and then realize that what makes it into the paper is so different. Often, that isn't malicious...it's just reporting what the readers are interested in. But when you have dishonest editors, it can mean a distorted picture of the news.

One of my favorite (albeit geeky) pasttimes in grad school was to have an acquaintance watch C-Span with me all day while we studied...and then watch CNN in the evening to see how they reported what had happened. A typical response I got was: "But...but...but...that's NOT what happened!" ...and I would just say, "I rest my case on liberal bias in the news media." :-)

28 posted on 10/24/2007 2:52:10 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: cherry
But after so much complaining on this thread about the distortions of the MSM, you're illustrating that FReepers can be just as bad.

somehow, the two holdouts...one black...not sure about the other....thought that the girl just took her bottom clothes off, pulled up her shirt, put a pillow over her face, and pulled her tampoon out and tossed it across the room, and just upped and died.......

For example, the holdouts did not claim that she "pulled her tampon out and tossed it across the room"...the holdout who spoke after the trial said that it was because the victim's DNA was not found on it (i.e., presumably, the prosecutors had not proven that the tampon was hers). While this is silly and a misunderstanding of "reasonable doubt," IMHO, the fact is that you misrepresented her position. She felt that the prosecution had simply not made the case.

Codrington said she could not, and did not, find Orange Taylor III innocent.

She found him not guilty. And the two, she said, are not the same.
At least she understands that very important principle.
29 posted on 10/24/2007 2:53:26 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Theresawithanh
It’s a little hard for me to believe that the high schoolers who hung the nooses weren’t at all aware of the symbolism of nooses in the South, though.

I'm an 18 year old male that graduated with Honors this past June. I attended both private and public schools in Texas from 2000 until graduation. (BTW...I received my Associates Degree two weeks after I graduated from High School and currently enrolled @ Purdue University.) I guess I'm a candidate for the short bus. I had no idea that a hangman's noose was symbolic for something other than a means of execution. I've never associated a hangman's noose with racism.

I have made some observations over the past several years. I've made numerous trips to places like Chicago, New York, and Boston. Racism is alive and well in the northern midwest, the Atlantic coast and New England. It appears the South surpassed the North some time ago in race relations...it's just the media was never officially notified. And how can we mention race and/or racism without mentioning the ilk of Jesse Jackson. If it were not for the South poor ol' Jesse wouldn't have a stage and the media whores lusting after his every word. (I think Jesse's afraid to stay at home with all the black on black and black on white crime that occurs in Chicago on a daily basis.)

I guess from now on when I see anything similiar to a noose I'll think of racism or when I see an open fire I'll think of Salem Ma.

30 posted on 10/24/2007 2:56:29 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (THE NEXT GENERATION CONSERVATIVE)
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To: RWR8189

That’s okay. When Jesse and Al got involved, the town of Jena, La was vindicated before all the world.


31 posted on 10/24/2007 3:09:10 AM PDT by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: carumba

I don’t know. I think it was an insult to bird poop. LOL

I know the LA Times is.


32 posted on 10/24/2007 3:10:03 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has PAY FEEVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
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To: yeehah

The Jena 6: This year’s Duke rape case.


33 posted on 10/24/2007 3:18:53 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Just laugh at them!)
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To: Gondring

I could believe that the members of media and the posters were both lazy, but after having the facts pointed out to the forum participants, I had to accept at one point that there was some very suspect agenda driving the opinions.

Some of these folks had to have had some sort of vested interest in propigating the theory that racism must be a factor, or they were just shockingly unable to reason.


34 posted on 10/24/2007 3:28:14 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has PAY FEEVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
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To: DoughtyOne

This reminds me of the ABC News Fabricator (I believe it was ABC) who was on-air in a canoe somewhere, talking about the horrific flooding, when 2 guys in boots walked in front of her, revealing the ankle-deep “flood.”


35 posted on 10/24/2007 3:53:37 AM PDT by elk
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36 posted on 10/24/2007 3:55:18 AM PDT by Bon mots
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I saw that. What a fraud. Good call...

There was flooding, but that photo op sure turned on her. It was one of the funiest moments in broadcast news I’ve seen.


37 posted on 10/24/2007 3:56:35 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has PAY FEEVER. There she goes now. Ah hsu, ah hsu, ahhhaa hsu, ah hsu, ahhhhhh hsu...)
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To: Theresawithanh
Even if they knew the significance of the nooses, the most you can say about this is that they were making a statement. As such this is considered free speech. Freedom of speech is not just for unoffensive stuff, or we wouldn't’t have flag burnings and insults to Christianity.
38 posted on 10/24/2007 3:57:35 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Theresawithanh
Thank you for posting this. I confess to not following this very closely. It’s a little hard for me to believe that the high schoolers who hung the nooses weren’t at all aware of the symbolism of nooses in the South, though.

A couple of months ago I put up a clothes line and my 9 year old Grandson asked me: "Grandpa, what's that"? So as hard as it is to believe about the nooses.....it could be true!!

39 posted on 10/24/2007 4:08:27 AM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: rogue yam

“The reason the media told the Jena 6 lies is that they seek to undermine American unity and self-confidence in order to bring about socialistic world government.”
finally another poster sees the same thing that I do.


40 posted on 10/24/2007 4:09:54 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: RWR8189

The media want to incite racial strife. They leap on any event that they can distort to promote their agenda.


41 posted on 10/24/2007 4:11:23 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (MSM: created for the express purpose of promoting leftist ideology.)
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To: RWR8189

“As with the Duke Lacrosse case, the truth about Jena will eventually be known. But the town of Jena isn’t expecting any apologies from the media. They will probably never admit their error and have already moved on to the next “big” story.”

Another big fat liberal lie. And people cry out that we improperly malign the media....


42 posted on 10/24/2007 4:22:04 AM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: RWR8189

nice read - thanks for posting this article.


43 posted on 10/24/2007 4:59:10 AM PDT by q_an_a
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To: RWR8189
"When a student asked during an assembly at the start of school last year if anyone could sit under the tree"

This doesn't pass the smell test.

Forget race, just for a minute. Let's say boys and girls always sat under the tree. A girl then asks, during assembly, if girls could sit under the tree.

Wouldn't the reaction be, "WTF is she talking about?" I mean, her question is just absurd. It makes no sense. Why in the world would she ask if girls could sit under a tree where boy and girls have always sat?

Similarly, why in the world would a black student ask if black students could sit under a tree where black and white students have always sat?

"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."

Again, this smells.

The author expects us to believe that this was just a coincidence that they hung nooses in that particular tree, for the first and only time, the day after black students sat under that very same tree.

One time. That tree. The next day. Pure coincidence. And it wasn't aimed at blacks. And none of the boys had a clue that nooses were racist. In Louisiana.

Oooh ... kay. Well, we have the MSM account. We have this one. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

44 posted on 10/24/2007 6:33:40 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

“The reason the media told the Jena 6 lies is that they seek to undermine American unity and self-confidence in order to bring about socialistic world government.”

I always thought they promoted racism so the whole country wouldn’t unite in anger against the people in power who are screwing everybody regardless of race, religion or economic staus.


45 posted on 10/24/2007 6:40:26 AM PDT by Califreak (Duncan Hunter-no clothespin necessary!)
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To: Theresawithanh
They were only 14 and from a teacher posting on a local news forum they weren't that bright. These were kids were in the rodeo club. IOW, they were just country kids into cowboys which includes watching westerns like Lonesome Dove, NASCAR, hunting, and boy stuff. Believe it or not, white kids aren't indoctrinated on the history of lynchings in school. Black kids on the other hand are. This was a lesson taught at the lab school at Grambling State University and the teachers still haven't been fired.

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46 posted on 10/24/2007 6:43:48 AM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: RWR8189

I strongly suspect this is another tawana brawly case.


47 posted on 10/24/2007 6:44:44 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Theresawithanh

The key... go to public school...


48 posted on 10/24/2007 6:55:35 AM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: CajunConservative

These were kids were in the rodeo club. = These kids were in the rodeo club.

Don’t post before coffee.


49 posted on 10/24/2007 6:55:46 AM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: robertpaulsen
Oh, I don’t know about that. I grew up in the “racist” state of Arkansas. The backward state where Slick Willey came from and saw the black churches burning. :0)

I wouldn’t have thought the nooses were racist. I would have been thinking more of Cowboys. You know, like the hangings in the Clint Eastwood movie, “Hang ‘Em High. But then, I am not a Racist.

50 posted on 10/24/2007 7:51:23 AM PDT by seemoAR
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