In my previous post, when I discussed Jena Six thug Bryant Purvis' latest chimpout in Carrollton, Texas, I made a brief reference to Jeremiah Munsen (pictured at left), the fellow who drove a pickup with nooses on the back slowly past the Jena marchers several times after the rally on September 20th, 2007. Little did I realize that one day later, there'd be an updated media story on him.
A Colfax man who allegedly drove his pickup with a pair of nooses hanging from the back bumper past a group of black civil rights marchers pleaded not guilty on Thursday February 7th, 2008 to a federal hate crime violation and a civil rights conspiracy charge. Jeremiah Munsen, 18, was released on an unsecured $25,000 bond. Full stories published February 7th, 2008 in the Shreveport Times and the Alexandria Town Talk. Additional background information drawn from a January 25th story in the Alexandria Town Talk.
Munsen was initially indicted on January 24th, 2008. The indictment alleges Munsen and another individual conspired to threaten and intimidate the marchers, and also charges Munsen with a federal hate crime. If convicted, Munsen could receive a maximum of 11 years in prison and a $350,000 fine. Prosecutors refuse to say whether or how the 16-year-old will be charged.
At the February 7th initial hearing and arraignment in Alexandria, U.S. Magistrate James D. Kirk set a time frame of 30 days for pretrial discovery and motions. Kirk did not set a trial date. Among those attending the hearing was the Rev. Raymond Brown, a black preacher who led a counter-demonstration at the Nationalist Movement's Jena Justice Day rally in Jena on January 21st.
Brown, who is with the New Orleans-based civil rights organization National Action Now, said he was in court to support Munsen because if the teen goes to jail, “it will only polarize the situation. In no way am I condoning what he did. He was confused on free speech versus hate symbols”, Brown said. However, another black man, Al Sharpton, wasn't quite so charitable; when he learned of the indictment on January 24th, he enthusiastically approved of it.
Munsen was arrested on September 20th, 2007 when Alexandria police allegedly found hangman's nooses dangling from the rear of his pickup after he drove past a crowd of people who had attended a civil rights march in Jena earlier in the day. He was booked on state charges of inciting a riot, driving while intoxicated, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor - a 16-year-old boy from Dry Prong, Louisiana, who was with him.
The 16-year-old, who was arrested on charges of underage drinking and probation violation, allegedly told police he had a "KKK" tattoo on his chest and said some of his relatives were involved in the Ku Klux Klan. Officers found an unloaded rifle and a set of brass knuckles in Munsen's truck. However, the crowd of an estimated 200 mostly black people in the area remained calm and did not chimp out at the sight of the nooses.
The state case against the teenagers was originally scheduled to be heard in Alexandria City Court in February. However, the Feds said that local officials have agreed to allow the federal court case to be heard first.
The Nationalist Movement's Richard Barrett issued the following statement condemning the indictment of Jeremiah Munsen. Here's the critical excerpt:
Richard Barrett has denounced "in the strongest, possible terms" the federal-prosecution of Jeremiah Munsen for "hate," which, according to Barrett, violates Munsen's free-speech rights. Barrett said that the eighteen-year-old, who displayed two nooses from the back of a pick-up truck in Alexandria, to protest Negroes returning from Jena, where they had demanded to Free the Jena Six, was protected by guarantees of the First Amendment. "It is called symbolic-speech," explained Barrett, "when you use a flag, sign, bumper-sticker, gun or, even, noose to punctuate your protest." Barrett said that the youth did not approach any of the Jena Invaders and that, consequently, there was no "intimidation" or violence. Munsen's fellow-protester, a teen whose name was not released, is accused of being a "co-conspirator" for "glaring" at the invaders. "It is part of free-speech to glare at anyone you want to," Barrett added.
Discussion of this case also available on Stormfront.
Analysis: There's no doubt the Feds are making an example of this guy, just like they did with the Shaun Walker Trio in Salt Lake City. They even went so far as to strongarm the state into taking a back seat to them.
Yet even though Munsen is clearly being overcharged, where's the demonstration of 20,000 whites to support him, like the 20,000 blacks who came to Jena to support the Jena Six thugs? The Nationalist Movement's Jena Justice Day at least provided some visible opposition, but so many of our people have been so deracinated that they pay no mind to this. In addition, the Jeremiah Munsen case has not, and most likely will not, get a fraction of the mainstream media publicity received by the Jena Six. A blog that gets 150-200 hits per day cannot compare to CNN.
But if just one white person reads this, and eventually becomes racially-conscious as a result, I'll be grateful.