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Jena... and Genarlow

Jena... and Genarlow

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By now, you may have heard of a little town in Louisiana called Jena. You may know it's pronounced GEE-nuh, and that there was an incident there involving high school students, race, and nooses hung from a schoolyard tree. But did you know that the beating in question took place almost a year ago? That the nooses went up long before that, last August? Black bloggers were all over the story nearly from the get-go thanks to a Chicago Tribune article by Howard Witt, but it took a VERY long time for the mainstream media to pick up on the story. Kind of reminds me of another long-ignored case of African American high school students facing charges... that of Genarlow Wilson (not to mention Shaquanda Cotton, another of Witt's subjects). Are the stories truly comparable? And if so, what does that say about the cases and the coverage?