3 FINANCIAL LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM THE JENA SIX
I have been watching with great interest, the case of the Jena Six. For those of you who may not be aware of this high-profile case, it involves six young Black men in a central Louisiana town called, Jena. This town of 4,000 residents has been the hotbed of controversy, demonstrations, and media from all over the world. The issues began when a young Black man decided to sit under a tree on the school property, a privilege that up until that time, had been only reserved for white students. Soon after he did this ‘unthinkable’ act, a group of white students did an unthinkable act of their own, and hung a noose from the tree to send a message to the black students of Jena, “You don’t belong here. Remember you place”. This culminated in a fight where the 6 young black men are being charged with attempted murder and other charges in the beating of a white student and supposedly giving him a concussion (he later attended a party that evening). There have not only been inflammatory statements by other white students but by the District Attorney in that area. He was quoted telling a group of protesting Black students, “I could end your life with the stroke of a pen.” Since then fights have broken out and tensions have flared bringing this small town into the spotlight for many weeks.