cmChimera opened a thread on this today but due to various circumstances, that thread went awry.
"Jena Six" refers specifically to a group of black teenagers in the town of Jena, Louisiana who were arrested and charged for crimes against a white teenager last year, stemming from an incident where the black students asked for permission to sit under a tree that was "traditionally" reserved for white students. The principal told them that they could sit wherever the wanted. The next day, three nooses were hung on the tree.
Then it got ugly. (The links I've listed below expands on how ugly it got.)
I heard about this case on National Public Radio (NPR) in July and was appalled by the reports of what happened. If you're not familiar with Jena 6 and are too lazy to Google it, this CNN article summarizes what happened up to yesterday's hearing of the last Jena 6 who was still behind bars:
Thousands 'march for justice' in Jena, court orders hearing on teen
The aftermath of the hearing:
Court rules 'Jena 6' defendant to stay behind bars
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jena_6 (Take it with a grain of salt--it's Wiki, after all--but I like that they included the "pen" incident, which the other articles don't mention, I believe.)
And for those who prefer video reports:
Jena 6 CNN report
Various issues surrounding this case has risen since then, issues broader than "racism." Hence, why I think Jena Six deserves its own thread as opposed to being mushed in with the discussion in the thread on racism. Let's try to get some discussion going.