September 21, 2007
The Truth About the Six

So, after all the sturm and drang about the "Jena 6," I eagerly read through the Post's sum-up, trying to figure out exactly WTF it was all about. You see, I'm no cable news junkie. I don't have time to watch six hours of CNN to try to piece together what's going on.

After skimming I don't know how many column-inches, I still wasn't clear just what, exactly, happened. As usual, this meant what really happened didn't fit the story of what the media thought should've happened.

I grew up in a small southern town, with a concomitant rabid sports circus such places seem to grow like noxious mushrooms under a rotted tree. The athletes (freaking teenagers!) in general were utterly untouchable. The black athletes were untouchable and extremely scary-dangerous. Mysterious, unexplained black eyes and broken bones were the expected, even logical result of anyone who called any of them what they were: brutal sub-humans who's only real talent was tearing up your stuff and beating you to within an inch of your life.

Worse still were the adults, parents and "alumni," who allowed it, no... encouraged it, all to happen. College kept them busy enough and far away enough the rest of us were generally left alone. Well, as long as we weren't female, or a cop. I sometimes wonder if today I stay away from playing in team sports because of the brutal, "if we can't beat them we'll beat you" athletic culture I was steeped in as a child.

Sad to say it would seem some twenty years after I graduated high school, absolutely nothing has changed.

Via Instapundit.

Posted by scott at September 21, 2007 04:45 PM

eMail this entry!


I don't remember that

Posted by: jeff on September 21, 2007 09:31 PM

I do. I even would up doing all the school projects for half my high school football team, because the alternative was to be put in the hospital for six months like one of my friends was. As a result, I didn't have enough time left over to do my own homework assignments, and ended up failing 11th grade twice and dropping out.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on September 21, 2007 09:43 PM

Umm Tatter

Scott and I went to the same High School 2 years apart.

I really don't remember that much trouble going on (Fights and crap) and I do know that if somebody had started something with Scott I would have hopped in.

Posted by: jeff on September 21, 2007 10:48 PM

"I do know that if somebody had started something with Scott I would have hopped in."

That's how my friend ended up in the hospital. After that, and after all my testimony as to what actually happened was ignored by the authorities, I made sure never to let my friends and family know what was really going on.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on September 22, 2007 10:53 AM
Post a comment

Email Address:



Remember info?