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Tennesseans Try to Cross a “Racial Divide”

September 19, 2007

Nashville, TN – Dozens of Tennesseans are hoping to build a bridge over the "racial divide" in Jena, Louisiana. The city has been part of on-going black-white tensions that arose last year at the high school. African-American students sat under a tree on school grounds where only white students usually gathered, and the next day, three nooses were hanging from the tree. There were confrontations, a fist-fight, and arrests, with black students facing serious criminal charges. Saadia Williams with the Race Relations Center of East Tennessee says it's time to talk about accountability, fairness, and history.

"Whoever hung those nooses, it was done specifically for intimidation, and that falls, in my humble opinion, along the lines of a hate crime."

Williams says incidents like the one in Jena are not isolated, and are examples of what's still yet to be done to close the "racial divide."

"There's certainly still much work to be done. That's not to say that strides have not been made, but it illustrates that many more strides need to be made."

The send-off rally is today, 5pm, at TSU's Gentry Center parking lot.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - TN