Posted Oct. 29, 2007 – In response to the Sept. 20 march for racial justice in Jena, La., a Mississippi-based White supremacist group says it will hold a “pro-majority” rally at the same site on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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In a statement, the Nationalist Movement says that its Jan. 21 "Jena Justice Day to Empower the Majority" will feature a two-mile march, parades, speeches and petitions geared toward abolishing the King holiday and giving a voice to White folks everywhere who are opposed to the demands of the Rev. Al Sharpton.
The civil rights leader was one of several activists who called for the initial Jena rally to protest what they said was the unfair prosecution and incarceration of six Black teens arrested for a schoolyard altercation with a White classmate.
Prior to arresting the Black teens, District Attorney Reed Walters failed to arrest or prosecute Whites youths who attacked African Americans or those who admitted hanging nooses on a tree at the local high school.
"Of course we can't stop them from marching," the Rev. B.L. Moran, who has advised the “Jena Six” families, told The Associated Press. "They can do whatever they want. It is bothersome, but everybody has their freedom to do whatever they want."
Jena Mayor Murphy McMillin said the White supremacist group had not yet applied for a permit to rally.
“Here in Jena, we are very careful to abide by the Constitution of the United States. So we will do the appropriate thing to keep with that document," he said.
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