Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Power to the [Doc Research] People!

In an editorial in yesterday's Louisiana Weekly, editor Edmund Lewis writes about the murder of Levon Jones, a 25-year-old African-American who was killed at a New Orleans bar on New Year's Eve. The story quotes many of Jones' friends and family, who are struggling to understand his death; Jones was beaten to death by two white bouncers at the club after he intervened when his friend failed to meet the bar's dress code.

Here's what Lewis had to say about the event:

In fighting for justice for Levon Jones and his family, we are fighting for ourselves. If it happened to Levon, it could happen to any of us, our children or grandchildren.

The good news is that six college students from Ithaca, New York were in New Orleans last week working on a documentary about the murder of Levon Jones. While the New Orleans Police Department reportedly has refused to talk to them, community activists and organizers have given them an earful. Since we talk all the time about young people who are self centered and apathetic, these young people should be commended for giving up their spring break to work on a documentary about a racially charged murder.

All power to the people.

Makes you proud to be a Parkie, doesn't it?



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