Father of Jena Attack Victim Speaks Out

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Justin Barker, the high school student who was beaten up by six black youths last year that sparked the Jena Six case. Now his father David talks to host Madeleine Brand about his son, the altercation and race relations in the rural Louisiana town.

David says his son's injuries were worse than what has been reported. He doesn't believe the nooses are entirely behind the attack, and that his son was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As for the growing image that Jena, La., is a town divided by race, David says that is not the case.

"They're making us look like a real racist town, but it's not," David says. "Prior to this, I speak to some of these kids' daddies and shake their hands. Even today, I still do."

Still, David believes the teens involved in the incident should face justice.



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