There’s something a little ironic about a rally in support of what everyone believes are violent criminals themselves joyously breaking the law:
Wave after wave of marchers walked a long hot mile to Jena High School. There, with only a handful of police to stop them, they swept past the school’s chain link fence and on to the school grounds.
But unlike the protests that became landmarks for civil rights when fire hoses and police dogs greeted demonstrators, the rally to support six black teenagers charged in a school fight had a festive yet laid-back air.
“It was a great day,” said Denise Broussard, of Lafayette, La. “I really felt a sense of purpose and commitment, but it was also a lot of fun. I met great people and made some good friends.”
The assault itself seems to be a case of honor violence, endemic among ex-confederate populations (both white and black). One wonders how much of the national attention is an attempt by Jessee Jackson’s southern clique to sink the candidacy to half-white Barack Obama who, whatever he is, is not Dixie.
Update: Shannon Love ads his thoughts.