Saturday, November 24, 2007

Hates crimes in geographic perspective

Tomorrow morning's print edition of the New York Times includes a startling and disturbing piece on the Op-Ed page that highlights the geographic distribution of "noose" incidents since the September 20th, 2007 public demonstration on behalf of the "Jena Six," the name given to the six teen-age African-American students who were arrested and prosecuted on charges ranging assault to second-degree murder for beating a white student who hung a noose from a tree in the school's front lawn.

The sequence of events that spawned the Jena Six controversy took place in the fall and early winter of 2006. Read for yourself where and how often "noose incidents" have occurred in just the last two months.

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