Thousands marched in Jena, Louisiana yesterday to protest the treatment of the “Jena Six” by the fucked up American legal system. I’m glad it was such a strong demonstration of solidarity against institutional racism. Our man Jordan Flaherty over at Left Turn Magazine wrote a great article awhile back explaining the context of the Jena Six here.
At the same time, we have a discreet “War On Gangs” taking place in San Francisco City Hall that is a reminder of how institutional racism takes on a much more subtle form here in the Bay Area. SF District Attorney Dennis Herrera has entered a heated debate with SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi over proposed “gang injunctions’ as a way of tackling what is perceived as a rising problem with SF gangs. I posted awhile back a very informative piece written by Adachi that outlined how such gang injunctions have proven to actually increase violence. Essentially, they become a means to legally target and further criminalize inner-city youth of color. Fuck that. Don’t believe any of the bullshit, Adachi knows what he’s talking about and should be supported.
As the murder rate approaches the 100 mark in Oakland this year, the questionable killing of Gary King by the Oakland Police Department reminds us that racist violence extends everywhere from Jena to Oakland.