Jena activists should focus on poverty too

first_imgEvoking memories of civil rights marches in Birmingham and Selma, although thankfully without the violence, is not at all a bad thing. A new generation, we hope, will be inspired by ideals of justice. Perhaps Jena will help teach the positive values of activism to the young. Yet we cannot help but wonder what national attention on the Jena 6 controversy missed. ? One thing has received too little national attention in all this: the grinding poverty of the (Mississippi) Delta region. Many of the farm towns of the Delta, from just north of Baton Rouge to Memphis, are places where schools are poor, expectations for the future are low, and opportunities for advancement are extremely limited. ? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySome of the poorest towns in America are in the Delta. Across the nation, people are talking about a rebirth of activism because of Jena. We hope there’s a rebirth of action about the waste of lives in the Delta, every day. – The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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