The ululations of the aggrieved ebb and flow like the tide. If there's an insult to be milked -- Macaca! Nappy-headed ho! -- the professional victims will rush in, sell some T-shirts, fire up their bullhorns, make the media rounds, issue their 21-point demands, and then recede until the next race-hustling opportunity comes along.
Thanks to his bipartisan enablers in politics and the media, leading civil rights charlatan Al Sharpton never lacks a stage. Still surfing on the wave of publicity over the Jena Six case in Louisiana, Sharpton is scheduled to lead an anti-hate crimes demonstration on Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C., outside the Justice Department. He's targeting both the Bush administration and Democrats who he thinks haven't pandered enough to him and his small flock of career shakedown artists.
Sharpton complained that the Democrat presidential candidates didn't address his agenda in recent debates. "Hate crimes and racism and Jena never came up one time. Even the Democrats have not, in our judgment, raised their voices to the level they should," Sharpton complained in an Associated Press piece on his upcoming demagogue-a-thon. "Don't come to us for our vote and then not speak about our needs when you're center stage."
Politicians would be wise to stay away from the Jena Six case on the debate stage and campaign trail, however, because the popular narrative of innocent young black men being victimized by the bigoted white Southern establishment is as slippery as Al Sharpton's hairdo. Jena Times newspaper assistant editor Craig Franklin demolishes the myths of the "whites-only tree," the truth about the supposed "model youth" who comprised the Jena Six, the bogus claim that the Jena Six gang's attack on a white victim was related to a noose-hanging incident, the smears against his city and other falsehoods at www.thejenatimes.net.
"As with the Duke Lacrosse case, the truth about Jena will eventually be known," Franklin wrote in a recent piece for the Christian Science Monitor. "But the town of Jena isn't expecting any apologies from the media. They will probably never admit their error and have already moved on to the next 'big' story. Meanwhile in Jena, residents are getting back to their regular routines, where friends are friends regardless of race. Just as it has been all along."