Helter Skelter - The Jose Vilson

Helter Skelter

by Jose Vilson on October 3, 2007

Jena 6Those that need an explanation as to why people made a big uproar over the Jena 6 need no further comment from me after this:

First off, let me just say that the reason why Jena 6 is so important is because the justice system is doing an injustice to its own system. I understand that there has to be punishment for any kid beating up on another kid so violently, but to send the 6 to jail when the “victim” went out to party the morning after is absolutely absurd. What’s more, because the justice system wasn’t working in their favor when they first brought up the issue of the ropes hanging from the tree (they were told the equivalent of “Oh they’re just playing around. It’s nothing.”), as kids, they found no other solution but to rebell and act out. A schoolyard fight is means for 15 years in jail but mock death threats are cool?

This after some dimwits decided to derisively reenact the Jena 6 incident and post it on Facebook. When asked for comment, Kristy Smith, whose Facebook profile became private said, “We were just playin n the mud and it got out of hand. I promise i’m not racist. i have just as many black friends as i do white. And i love them to death.” Like reaching for a life preserver after you’ve drowned.

AlexRodriguez2.jpgIn any case, New York baseball has become rather helter skelter as of the last two weeks. I won’t get into the Anucha Brown Sanders vs. MSG / New York Knicks deal today, but rather my energies turn to, what else, the Yankees and the Mets. The 2 top teams in any sport for the tri-state area at this juncture are the Yanks and Mets, and only one made it to the postseason.

One of them was seen as an absolute, overpaid, and miserable failure 50 games into the season while the other triumphed and galloped to its podium as the ambassadors of its league. People’s alliances quickly changed through that murky period to the more triumphant team. Then something happened: the team with the worse record started performing well and the winning team suddenly became lackadaisical. And now we stand here with only one New York baseball team in the playoffs and the other frustrated and upset with its own overconfidence.

If you would have told me this story as some psychic from the future, I would have said that the first team was the Mets and the second team was the Yankees. Yet, it’s really the Yankees that showed the heart to come back from what looked like an unfathomable deficit to qualify for the playoffs. On the other side of the river, the Mets lost all their composure, and basically embarrassing themselves with that 17-game stretch to end the year. Alas, all is right with the world.

The Mets’ swagger really caught up to them in a big way. Lethargic, uncaring, and unfocused are just some of the words we can use to describe that team. Sometimes when you keep getting fed, you eventually lose all the hunger that you first started out with. In the meantime, the Yankees ran out and actually beat most teams handily (save the Angels, who I’m glad they don’t have to meet.)

As a Yankees fan, I’m happy as hell the Yankees don’t have to see the Angels in the first round because they’re the only team that has a winning record against the Yanks in the last 13 or so seasons. Of course, I’m also pulling for the most popular search term to my blog: Mr. Alex Rodriguez, who Howard Bryant wrote about in his recent article, “King of Gotham“). While I understand that he’s the product of the most evil agent on the face of this Earth, I also think very highly of his skills and love how he really proved every A-Rod hater wrong this year.

Here’s hoping he continues to do so, but if the Yankees don’t make it, you can’t Blame-Rod for this one. He basically carried the Yanks to the second season for 3/4th of the season. Besides, it’s a 25-player game. Jeter, Posada, Rivera, Chamberlain, and Wang need to continue to produce. Everyone from the starting pitchers, the bullpen, to the coaches, the on-field defense, and the line-up all have to do their job to make this work. And they have to play hard every single game, something the Mets forgot to do since September 1st.

jose, who’s appreciative of having a team to root for in earnest every october since 1995

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

BK Teaching Fellow October 3, 2007 at 7:36 pm

Yo- what up B. Yea, The Jena 6 is forreal. Based on that fool who responded to my blog justifying the criminalization of the 6, I did a teach in on Jena and we wrote letters to Governor Blanco today.

Your comment was right on point. Goodlooking. But don’t trip- anger is not what my agenda calls for. I am about purpose, clarity, and action.

And about the facebook chick, anytime somebody says that they are not __________________ (fill in the blank- racist, homophobic, prejudice ect) because they have that friends in that group is TYPE SUSPECT!!!!!!!!!! LOL…

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Jose October 3, 2007 at 7:39 pm

@ BKTF: good to know you’ve calmed down some and used your knowledge for action. And that last sentence is exactly it. EXACTLY it.

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pissedoffteacher October 3, 2007 at 7:50 pm

It is sad how few people in NYC know anything about the Jena 6. When I discussed it in my class, a Black kid said it was about a Black kid beating up a white kid. I stopped him quickly and went into the entire story, stressing the importance of understanding racism so we can combat it. I had the racist commments but the lack of knowledge and the lack of support is almost as bad. I grew up in hte 60′s. There would have been major protests all over in support of the Jena 6.

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Bam October 3, 2007 at 11:20 pm

I have a post in my queue about the Jena 6. Unfinished. I get frustrated because the media fucked this, (as it does many stories) up. I’m going to post it… eventually. When I am able to proofread it without wanting to scream. But I agree here, I hate when white people justify their actions with I am not racist I have black friends! As if the two correlate. Thats like saying I’m gay because I have gay friends. Its taking the saying “you are who you hang around,” to a whole other level.

Yeah yea yeah, baseball me to death why don’t u.

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Jonathan October 6, 2007 at 6:21 pm

I didn’t post about the Jena 6. The case is important, but part of me said, “it’s too easy to protest local racism in the South.”

Maybe I should have blogged New Orleans and how the Federal government…. (nothing I could write here would be loud, angry, or colorful enough).

But in my backyard, in the school system I work for… when they set up separate school systems for white and black and for rich and poor (always with some overlap, never completely exclusive), not just separate but vastly unequal – now we have a situation where silence = acquiescence. I agree with what you and the commenters said about Louisiana, but challenging racism at home is important.

Oh, yeah, and I never make fun of people who root for AAA Flushing…

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