It is currently posted at The Weekly Standard Online, and is written by Charlotte Allen, and her article opens with:
The case of the amazing disappearing hate crime.
by Charlotte Allen
01/21/2008, Volume 013, Issue 18
In early December the case of the "Jena Six"--the six African-American high school students in Louisiana accused of viciously beating a white classmate in 2006--collapsed dramatically with a felony guilty plea by one of the defendants. As something that was going to trigger "America's next great civil rights movement" (to quote National Public Radio) and grassroots protests against the "new Jim Crow" and the systematic discrimination against blacks in the criminal justice system, this was quite a letdown.
If you have been interested in this case, I urge you to go and read the whole article, though it isn't a short one.
It covers the whole escapade from beginning to end, and includes how the original reporter intentionally linked the beating of Justin Barker with the hanging of nooses from a school tree two months previously, even though there was no link between the two incidents.
It's amazing how little the truth of the scenario was reported by major media outlets.
Time and research has proved the LaSalle Parish District Attorney to have been right initially, that this was a case of a couple of thugs with juvenile criminal records for violent crime inspiring a few friends to help them beat up some kid for no other reason than pure meanness.
My previous post on the Jena Six can be found HERE.