Jena Now.. By Evie Talley
Still a Nice Place to Call Home
Our country has become a super power in the world because of our tolerance
of different people, their cultures, race, and religions. America had a past of
racial intolerance with slavery and cultural intolerance but as a democratic nation
America had the ability to overcome and change. Our country's super power
status is due to the ability to assimilate many different people from around
the world and those people become Americans. It takes a few generations for
new immigrants to assimilate into American culture and that is the key, assimilate.
As a first generation American of German and Irish heritage, I was taught by my
parents that this county was great because of its religious and political freedom.
Nowhere in the world is there a county like this and tolerance is what has made
America the only super power in today's world. People all over the world still
want to become Americans.

Jena's reputation as a tolerant rural community has been given an undeserved
thrashing. Jena is special in many ways and most people are tolerant of other
cultures and races because it is the teachings of Christ. The foundation of Jena
is its churches. Intolerance will destroy our great country and intolerant people
are bigots and bigots are not good Christians and the people of Jena are for the
most part good, practicing, Christians. To try to create a situation like a new
civil rights movement in Jena and compare it with the 60's is playing on the
emotions of the past and is an injustice to all Americans. America changed
during the 60's. If every American Indian and African American now chose to
be angry about Americas early lack of ethnic and racial tolerance they are not
good students of America's changing history. People who took advantage of the
poor soles who came to Jena and sold them down the river for their money
and personal political power will answer for their actions in time. The people of
Jena were accused of not being good Americans because they believe in the
American justice system, the constitution, and in religious tolerance. The BBC
returned to Jena to see how much better we have become as a result of the false
images they used to destroy our reputation by making the people look like a
racially intolerant community. I find it increasingly interesting since the Brits are
having so much trouble with Muslims integrating into British society. Is the BBC's
interest in truth and justice for the Jena 6 or do they question the United States
Justice system and the constitution? First Baptist Church was criticized by the
BBC for having only one black in the congregation. What is it about religious
freedom that the British still do not understand? They were once a super
power but people left and came to America because of their religious intolerance.
Leave people alone with their God and take care of the serious racial and
religious problems at home. We are patiently waiting for just resolve by the
American judicial system not by the bully tactics of the media. BBC for having
only one black in the congregation. What is it about religious freedom that the
British still do not understand? They were once a super power but people
left and came to America because of their religious intolerance. Leave people
alone with their God and take care of the serious racial and religious problems
at home. We are patiently waiting for just resolve by the American judicial system
not by the bully tactics of the media.

Evie Talley