On the day of the march, CNN aired an interview with Tina Jones, mother of Jena 6 defendent Bryant Purvis(and aunt of defendent Carwin Jones), says her son wasn't even in the fight. I watched this interview from a bar in Alexandria Louisiana where all the marchers who didn't go straight home went to decelerate after leaving Jena.
Purvis wasn't even arrested on the spot after the fight, because he wasn't on the spot. He wasn't arrested until the next day. He wasn't at the fight, but he was one of the leaders of the silent protest under the tree where the nooses were hung; in response to the noose hangers getting the light punishment of in-school suspension. The protest that lead D.A. Walters to comeout to the school and threaten the Black students that if they didn't knock it off and stop making trouble, that he would "end your lives with the stroke of my pen".
Hmmm, not at the fight and not arrested, but was one of the leaders of the protest where he was threatened to have his life ended.
Rober Bailey, Jr told CNN that by the time he arrived at the fight, students and coaches had broken it up.
"When a fight breaks out, all the kids just run to see a fight. That's just how it was," he said. "You really couldn't see nothing. So when I'm running to see what's going on, I got down there to the fight, it was over."
Anybody who's been in high school at least during my life time (I'm 29), knows this good and well. I went to Junior High and High School in Bossier Louisiana, and anytime there was a fight there was a big croud around it, because everyone would run to see what was happening.
Other so-called facts taken for grant by those who have no interest in actually investigating the claims, nor an interest in dealing with the issue of the obvious racially intimidating environment that was fostered in Jena for months leading up to the fight:
1. Just becasue the big white man at the district attorney's office with the pen says that Justin Barker was attacked from behind for no reason, doesn't make it so. Where's the evidence of this? Many students have claimed that he was slanging racial insults while taunting the black kid that had been beat by whites and hit with beer bottles. (by the way, only one white person was charged in that attack and offered probation; not 80 years in prison)
As noted here, the story of a no reason attack makes no sense; and to believe that, you first have to believe that these boys are just natural born black savages who picked out a totally innocent white boy at random, to beat him up for kicks.
2. Just becasue D.A. Walter and U.S. Attorney Donald Washington claim that the nooses hangings had nothing to do with the fight, doesn't make it so. That's his opinion, and a self serving one for both, because neither of them did anything about that threat; which started the build up of tension that lead to the school fight. In Washington case, even thought the FBI investigated and recommended it the noose hangings be prosecuted as a hate crime; which Washington refuses to do just because the noose hangers don't have a prior record.
3. Further, Justin Barker was doing this taunting with one of the noose hangers. How do we know, because, besides the students who were there saying so; he testified in court against Mychael Bell as a witness to the fight.
There are other points that I may add as I think of them