I’ll take a stand, but I won’t take off from work
This NPR Story has the most information I’ve seen online from a news source, when reading CNN, I was confused because their stories seem to downplay that the final incident was sparked not only by the nooses, but a previous assault at a party. Read up about it, draw your own opinions, and take whatever action you deem appropriate. CNN has an updating page about the story as well as live video from the demonstrations today.
Personally? I knew about the story and the incidents that took place last year, and like many, was fairly unsurprised. I know I should have more faith in people, but convincing me that racism is still a big factor in Louisiana isn’t all that difficult.
What I wasn’t aware of was today being a day for rallies about it, as it’s the day that Mychal Bell would have originally been sentenced. I’ve been a little more concerned with my brother’s condition. Apparently that makes me a bad person because I’m not wearing black today “in support”. I’ve already been called on it by two co-workers. One of them, I asked if they did anything in support of the recent decision in Maryland about gay marriage. The other, I asked if they did anything to turn out for the DC Vote efforts. Apparently neither of those things were on their radar. Additionally I asked why they were in the office instead of out at a rally and added that while they didn’t really need to answer that last one, was my not wearing black really going to make a difference?
I know I’ve been out of the loop for the past few days, but honestly, how about you enlighten me on the issue at hand instead of putting me down for being ignorant of a fashion-centric protest? Don’t just look at me and say, “Duh, Jena 6!” like that explains anything.