Here it is people. The now infamous tree that only white people were allowed to sit under. The tree where after a black student sat, nooses were hung to send a message. The tree that is responsible for sparking the whole Jena Six controversy. The poor tree…I bet it had no idea that it was racist. It’s been cut down now and no one, white or black, will ever enjoy its shade again.
I think I shall never see, A poem as lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed, Against the earth's sweet flowing breast. A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray. A tree that may in summer wear,A nest of robins in her hair. Upon whose bosom snow has lain, Who intimately lives with the rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.- Joyce Kilmer
Can someone explain to me why the hell the tree had to be cut down? The tree was not the problem. The problem was the fact that the school, in 2007, still allowed the archaic “white’s only” mentality to strive. What up with that? Cut down the injustice. Cut down the ignorance. Cut down the hatred. Cut down the bigotry. But don’t cut down the tree! What the hell did that prove? And don’t give me that “it was a symbolic gesture” crap either!
Just as a side note: The parents of the kids that hung the nooses needs their asess kicked and so do the parents of the kids that committed the violence. Oh, and so should the administration at the school for allowing there to still be a white or black only any thing at their school. If we could get parents to do their jobs maybe we could nip some of this crap in the bud to begin with.
One Man’s Opinion. Peace.