In one of the largest shows of support for civil rights in recent memory, thousands of protesters packed the streets of a tiny Louisiana town that has been thrust into the media spotlight.
The fact that white students placed nooses in the now infamous "Tree" is shocking as is the unstated "Whites-only" rule about hanging out under the tree. Is this really 2007? The facts are confusing but clearly illustrate the deeper underlying roots of racism, prejudice and bigotry that still exist in the south.
Some are saying the Jena 6, the name given to the group of black HS students who were charged in the beating of a white student, is a wake up call to action for the next evolution of the civil rights movement.