We read at Duke News:
The nooses hung from a tree at Jena High School in Louisiana were “unambiguous symbols of a vicious racial threat, linked inextricably to the ways in which white violence has historically followed blacks who sought their constitutional rights,” says a Duke University English professor and author.There’s more to the Duke News report here.
The case of the 'Jena 6' has drawn considerable attention recently, and many civil rights and student groups are expected to convene in Jena this week in protest.
Last fall, white students in Jena hung the nooses from a shade tree after a black student asked to sit under it. The incident led to fights between black and white students. In December, six black teens were charged with attempted murder following one of the fights. Many feel the charges are disproportionate to the crime, and supporters have dubbed the teens the “Jena 6.”
“These nooses did not appear accidentally or by happenstance in Jena,” says Karla FC Holloway, the William R. Kenan Professor of English who also holds appointments in the law school and women’s studies department. “The students who hung the nooses worked from their presumptions of how to maintain separate and racially distinct access. They worked from their knowledge of how to signal that authority.
“The nooses are absolute indicators of the racial place of this story,” she says.
Although this seemed an incident that developed from a schoolyard fight, there is more to the story, namely the complicity of the school administrators and the school's perpetuation of a system of unequal treatment, Holloway says.[…]
Now you may be asking:
1) Is she the same Professor Holloway who said nothing when an angry crowd waved a “CASTRATE” banner in front of house where three men named as suspects in what turned out to be a false gang rape accusation lived?
2) Isn’t she one of the teachers who thanked “activists” who circulated the “Vigilante” poster targeting students after the school had expressed fears that such an action would add to the danger the students were already facing?
3) Didn’t she say nothing when one of the school’s students was the object of physical threats, including death threats, from a racist group who hounded him as he walked to a courthouse and then within a courtroom?
“Yes” to all three questions.
Why did Professor Holloway say nothing about the “CASTRATE” sign; thank people circulating the “Vigilante” poster; and say nothing when racists threatened the student?
The answer to that question is as easy as telling the difference between black and white.
Does anyone believe Holloway would’ve said nothing if the targeted and endangered students had been black instead of white? Or thanked people for distributing a “Vigilante” poster with face photos of 43 black Duke students on it?
Let's hope Professor Holloway will soon explain her two race standards, and how she thinks they impact her work at Duke, particularly with students under attack by racists.