hey look! Jena 6 Media Myths!
Now I haven’t been following this case very closely because it really isn’t business of mine, or within my frame of interest, what six kids did to another kid. If I wanted real life terrible events, then I’d know all about it.
It turns out there is a whole bunch general beliefs flowing around out there and I have no idea who believes what but apparently a lot of people are giving six violent bastard delinquent brats a lot of slack because of some sort of offensive anti-black racial hoo-ha and Jesse Jackson is orbiting around like a missile satellite.
“Jesse Jackson.” There’s a sign something is not kosher.
It turns out the ‘generally known’ stuff is a bunch of horsehockey… “media myths“. Over three pages in this essay Craig Franklin lays out twelve myths generally accepted and propagated as fact.
Just remember that truths, facts actually matter!
• Craig Franklin is assistant editor of The Jena Times.
More about Craig Franklin and his relevance to the case
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.
I think when people see racists and scumbags where none/few exist(s) it contributes to a general condition of taking racists and racism, bigotry for granted.
Of course, for all I know, Craig Franklin is selling the CSM and me a load of bull, and an upstanding citizen of Jena has more to get out of a good image for the town than any outsider; but between Mr. Franklin and Rev Al Sharpton, I’ll take the POV of the local citizen.