Last week, for example, a dispute over which race gets to sit where threatened to boil over into a more general clash between racial groups here at Logan.
In the Jena case, the spark that ignited the set the Jena Six to brawling up on a white student was struck when a black student sat under a tree that a group of white students had reserved for themselves. That lead to the white kids' hateful use of a noose to intimidate black students, which gave them the excuse to jump the white kid and send him to the hospital, and get themselves sent to jail.
The court has dismissed or reduced charges against all six of the students.
At first only five of the students were released. But I guess the other black student, Mychal Bell, had more serious counts against him than the others, so his charges stuck the longest.
Their cases all should have been dismissed the same time because its not like Bell did more damages to the kid then the others.
Maybe the court realized how unfair it was being to the six of them. Why would you put someone in jail for a school fight? The court probably also changed its mind because of the march that happened a week or two ago. It was great to see everybody come together and participate in this event.
When asked about her opinion about the situation in Jena, Dorothy Allen, the veteran Logan African-American History teacher, said the Jena Six situation is “degrading and wrong”. She said it never should have happened and the whole situation could have been avoided.
She also explained that it probably would start a whole new Civil Rights situation in the south. She believes that “if the boys got in trouble for fighting, then the white kids who pointed a gun at the black crowd should get in trouble too,” referring to an incident at a party in Jena.
But Jena High School is not the only school that has race issues. Logan does, too. One of the things that happened to cause the fight at Jena happened at James Logan High School.
On Tuesday of last week, an altercation developed at one of the lunch tables in “The Spot”(cafeteria) between two groups of people.
A group of African-American students decided to sit at a so-called “Norte Table," which led to some of the students who usually sit there getting upset and telling the African-American students they couldn’t sit there.
You can guess what happened next.
Logan staff and Union City police were able to keep actual violence from breaking out, but it was tense. Word is that some students will be put up for expulsion because of the incident.
For the most part, I feel that African-Americans and Latinos should be getting along because both are often targets and victims of racism. We should not be fighting each other. We should be fighting together.
People are still acting like they are in the '70s and '80s. If there is not security at school ,this thing could get worse.