Mr. Jindal, Meet Mr. Crow

Ah, it’s deja vu all over again. Clear case of racism in Jena. After a lot of hard work, individual blogs run by people of color, sometimes under nasty threats, cover this story enough for it to be taken up by the traditional media (usually badly, but that’s the way it goes). Add to that, these blogs, along with grassroots organizations, through the intertubes and radio, organize an astonishing march in Jena, a march for civil rights, for equal protection under the law.

And the unjust charges which would have put Mychal Bell away for way too many years are reduced by the racist DA.

Does anyone think this would have happened without protest, without media coverage of this injustice? Because I don’t. But seems Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Bobby Jindal has a different view, a — shall we say — “old-fashioned” view.

Thanks to NOLA blogger oyster over at Your Righthand Thief — well, actually, thanks to one of his commenters, N. La. Lady, Mr. Jindal seems to be living in an older America, say, the Jim Crow era.

While the peaceful protest was going on in Jena, Mr. Jindal was stumping in Shreveport, speaking to students at LSUS. His reaction to the peaceful protest?

When asked about the impact of racial conflict in Louisiana, his response was déjà vu – unpleasantly reminiscent of the words and attitudes of southern politicians of not so long ago. When asked to comment on the demonstration in Jena, he said, “We don’t need anybody to divide us. We certainly don’t need outside agitators to cause problems.”

This comment attributed to Jindal was posted a while back over at Your Righthand Thief, but several commenters wanted more proof that this had been said — thinking that of course this kind of language would have made the news … wouldn’t it?

Turns out Tannie Lewis Bradley wrote an op-ed piece at the Shreveport Times, which is where the quote above originated, giving further credence to this story.

Outside agitators. Hmm, where have I heard this before?

Perhaps from Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail — yeah, come to think of it he had something to say about that phrase:

Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds

Two different views here. I prefer Mr. King’s view to Mr. Jindal’s. I don’t think it is a coincidence that Mr. Jindal used the words “outside agitator.” And I don’t think he needed to consult The Racist Codebook to do so. It’s a state of mind, a view point that is crystal clear. Anyone who followed this case knows that without “outside agitators,” Mychal Bell would have been tried as an adult and put away for a long long time.

The courts realized this, even the DA realized this – belatedly. And they finally bowed to justice only because of this outside agitation.

Mr. Jindal — meet Mr. Jim Crow. I’m sure you’ll have a lot to talk about. And I hope we all talk a lot about you, too. I don’t live in Louisiana. But I live in the United States. And I agree with Martin Luther King when it comes to the “interrelatedness of all communities and states,” especially when it comes to justice.


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  1. … somehow, there can be a real challenger who will defeat Bobby Jindal.

  2. McMillin has insisted that his town is being unfairly portrayed as racist-an assertion the mayor repeated in an interview with Richard Barrett, the leader of the Nationalist Movement, a white supremacist group based in Learned, Miss., who asked McMillin to “set aside some place for those opposing the colored folks.”

    “I am not endorsing any demonstrations, but I do appreciate what you are trying to do,” Barrett quoted McMillin as saying. “Your moral support means a lot.”

    was taken from this article.  McMillin is the mayor of Jena….lovely, eh?

    i used it in this essay which buhdy fp’d…so i’m not panhandling recs here…i swear…just wanted to point it out.

    as i say in the comments, i cant even imagine being african american in Jena.  cant even fathom it….

  3. Another part of the state of mind you mention.

    State’s rights is another buzz word for the righties (I know that should be buzz phrase–but it doesn’t sound right).  This code is used to imply that a state should have the right to impose any laws the majority wants. 

    That’s why we have the Bill of Rights.  No state can elect to have a state religion–even though the majority wants one.  No state can outlaw free speech–even if the majority wants to.

    But, the people who run this meme think that a state should be able to unequally prosecute  people who are of a different race.


    Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.

    Section 1.
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    We also (are supposed to) have a Free Press.

  4. inhumanity and injustice never want ‘outsiders’ to witness their atrocities. The sheer lawlessness of the right with it’s ungodly coalitions is mind boggling! States rights, are used like a license, to disregard equality and  the common laws that have taken centuries to develop and used in the pursuit of lawlessness and oppression. The worst of our culture is allowed and encouraged to flourish, backed up by the New Order, the stuff of nightmares. 

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