We are there when it matters.
Whenever injustice rears its ugly head and affects those we care about most, Florida A&M University is on the scene to do all it can to correct the problem.
Thousands are expected to rally in Jena, La., Thursday to show concern for the ‘Jena 6’ and demand justice. Thursday was scheduled to be the day that Mychal Bell, the first of the six young black males to be convicted, would be sentenced. Friday his aggravated-battery conviction was thrown out by a Louisiana appeals court.
However, we are still dissatisfied.
We encourage you to join the buses that are leaving Tallahassee on Wednesday to take students to the rally. Do not let the overturning deter you from going. Friday’s news was just the first of many steps that need to be taken towards justice.
When Martin Lee Anderson needed our help in 2006 we were there; in 2000 when talks of affirmative action in Florida being done away with came to light, we were there; and when the ‘Jena 6’ needs us, know that FAMU will be there.
There comes a time in an individuals’ life when he or she is given the option of doing a deed that will help shape and change history forever.
FAMU, this is one of those moments that you will reflect upon 50 years from now with your grandchildren.
If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem. If we stand by and keep quiet about this issue we are supporters of the all that is wrong in Jena.
Siraaj Sabree for the Editorial Board.