Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Waiting Game

Today is August 30th, the day that Kenneth Foster will be murdered by the state of Texas for being in the area of a crime that he didn't commit. According to the BBC, he will be executed at 11 PM. It will be interesting to see if any of the major news channels pick up onto this case because I have yet to see anything about it so far on CNN or MSNBC.

On a side note, I applaud MSNBC for actually covering the Jena Six, even though their coverage can barely pass for that. The anchors have not laid out any real history in the case nor explained it in a satisfactory manner to someone who has never been exposed to it before. Al Sharpton, who is this story's resident talking head, is doing a good job of trying to spread the facts. But, there are a lot of issues to deal with in this case, in particular The Outsiders level of town separation and the inaction of the state governor Kathleen Blanco.

MSNBC is covering this issue today because it is the first anniversary of the initial incident involving the white tree at the high school. Even though there is an article connecting Newsweek and MSNBC, it is still televised coverage of this disgraceful exhibition of racism. I hope that this will help more people make that first step to speak out or do something against this case.