The Battle Against Racism In Jena: Day of Apocalypse
edited: Thursday, September 20, 2007
By Eddie Thompson
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2007
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(The people of Jena, many in fear of the unknown, await the arrival of an angry nation who have no idea who we are.)
Many people of the small town of Jena, Louisiana, are locking in for tomorrow's coming storm. This time it isn't a hurricane from the Gulf of Mexico or a tornado from the west: It's a whirlwind of judgment from the four corners of America. Even as I type these words, buses all over America are rolling south, redounding with chants and songs, destined for what has become America's poster child for racism, our quaint little town of Jena. Our citizens do not understand the fuss. We don't comprehend how an entire country has turned on us like this. We don't recognize the community we see on television. We gaze at one another, opened mouth, wondering just how far this thing could go. Rumors of race battles between the Black Panthers and the KKK abound. Talk of "burning this town to the ground" has made its way into the ears of our citizens. Moms, dads, grandmothers and grandfathers wonder how to tell their children there is nothing to fear, but they can see it in our eyes and in the tones of our voices. Fear of the unknown is always overwhelming. President Roosevelt's famous quote about "nothing to fear but fear itself" comes to mind.
Tonight there was a community prayer meeting in Jena at the First Baptist Church. Christians from across this town, from every denomination, both black and white, gathered together to pray for our community. To pray that nothing bad happens to the thousands of sojourners on the long, winding roads America is traveling to tell us personally how outraged they are with us. To pray for law enforcement officers who will lay their lives on the line to protect both citizens and demonstrators tomorrow in the searing heat of Louisiana. The media did not film us at the church house. They were busy at the court house. And that is fine with us.
When America leaves our town tomorrow, feeling good about itself for sacrificing our tiny community for its own sin of racism, we pray that it will address the bigotry and prejudice in their own cities, slums, and burrows. Tomorrow is doomsday to many of the people of Jena. Our prayer tonight was that it become a day of rebirth. That the thousands who visit our town will leave feeling differently about us than they did yesterday. And that the divisions wrought from all the attention poured upon our town will give us a bit of self-reflection as well.
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|Reviewed by Art Wild
|Thank you, sir, for being so positive and loving through this crisis of your town! I've been posting at a site where people can be very contentious, and someone put in a link to one of your articles. It was literally a Godsend. (to the blogsite and to me) Your writing and love are spreading, and doing good. (At such a needed time!)
|Reviewed by Dana Reed
|I wrote a blog today about a few disturbing items and Jena was one of them. These horrible racist acts need to stop. Hanging a noose on a tree by white students was taken by me as a direct threat to members of the Black population. When are the boys who instigate these matters going to be punished. After all, isn't there a law against racist acts? This has to stop or this country will never be fully healed. So six Black student retaliated in anger. Now what happens? Are the whites going to do the same. Enough is enough. Those who start the mess need some jail time and therapy to learn a lesson.
|Reviewed by I Know Eddie (Reader)
|I'm also praying that these people will see something different than what they expected....although it will definitely take a miracle, because it seems that most of them so far have only seen what they wanted to see.
Write on, Eddie!
|Reviewed by Jean Strickland
|Thank you Bro. Eddie for always stating the facts, the good, the bad, and the ugly. We need more people like you who are not afraid to tell it like it is... the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you God! God Bless you and your family, Jean R.|