Rising against racism
Aisha Carr, a 10th grader at Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore County, was just on the phone with me explaining why she and her schoolmates plan to protest tomorrow morning in support of the "Jena 6." They are the group of black students in Jena, Lousiana, who were originally charged with attempted second-degree murder in connection with beating a white student in December after nooses were hung from a tree at the school. Their case has drawn criticism from people, who like Aisha, feel that the blacks were being unfairly treated more harshly than whites after racial confrontations and fights at Jena High School.
"We know racism existed, but we never knew it would become so real for us," Aisha said, as she worked with schoolmates to create posters for tomorrow's protest. "It's clear we have a long way to go."
Aisha --- who is enrolled Milford Mill's International Baccalaureate program -- said she has heard some people say the white students hung the nooses as a joke, "but that wasn't funny."
She said she and her schoolmates decided on a protest after hearing announcements on the radio, at church and at school calling on people to wear all black tomorrow as part of a national call that has designated Sept. 20 as "Support the Jena 6: A National Day of Action."
"It's time for the youth of America to have a say," she said. "
Their protest is scheduled for 6:45 a.m. tomorrow at the school.