‘Jena Six’ Teen Now an SPLC Community Advocate

Jamie Kizzire, SPLC, December 17, 2012

Theo Shaw remembers searching through a law book for answers while sitting in a jail cell.

It was 2006. Shaw and Robert Bailey Jr. were two teenagers desperate to find something in the law that could help them get out of jail.

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The two friends were among the six black teens, known as the “Jena Six,” who were accused of beating up a white classmate at Louisiana’s Jena High School. The local prosecutor’s decision to charge them with attempted murder ignited a firestorm of media attention and public outrage across the country, raising troubling questions about race and justice in America.

Though he was only 17 at the time, Shaw began filing motions to lower his bail, which was his best chance of getting released. It was eventually reduced from $130,000 to $90,000. The community came together to post bond, freeing him after seven months behind bars.

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“I really didn’t have a plan [after high school]. I lived in a poor community,” said Shaw, who later reached a plea agreement that allowed him to put the case behind him. {snip}

Today, the 23-year-old carries that jailhouse experience with him as he works with incarcerated youths and adults as a community advocate for the Southern Poverty Law Center in New Orleans. It’s an opportunity that he believes will serve him well when he is a lawyer one day.

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Shaw joined the SPLC in September after graduating from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a bachelor’s degree in political science. When he heard about an opportunity to serve as an SPLC community advocate for a year, he saw a learning experience that was worth delaying his entrance into law school.

Shaw’s job often takes him to the Orleans Parish Prison, where he speaks with inmates. His work is part of the SPLC’s federal lawsuit to correct the violent and inhumane conditions there. {snip}

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Shaw and four other members of the Jena Six ultimately pleaded no contest to simple battery, a misdemeanor, in 2009. Under the plea agreement, they received unsupervised probation for seven days but no additional jail time. They each paid court costs and all but Shaw were assessed a $500 fine.

A confidential agreement was reached to pay restitution to the victim, Justin Barker, through the settlement of a civil suit filed on his behalf. The SPLC coordinated the overall defense strategy for the youths and represented one of the teens, Jesse Ray Beard. The sixth teen—Mychal Bell—pleaded guilty to second-degree battery as a juvenile.

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  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    We always did bust their chops that they hardly had any black employees, and gosh darn it, they went out and got one.

    Now let’s see if the women who work at and for the SPLC feel the internal racist urge to clutch onto their purses and expensive necklaces as they pass new guy here down the hall. If any fancy electronic equipment suddenly goes missing, they know who not to blame lest they engage in discriminatory hatethink. “What’s that you say, Mr. Potok?,” the Montgomery P.D. Lieutenant asks him. “A brand new 2012 BMW 5-series wasn’t in the same place where you parked it this morning?” I know for a fact that the SPLC employee parking is in an underground parking garage directly underneath the Poverty Palace. But the security guard who opens and closes the enter/exit gate to get in and out of the garage wouldn’t be so racist as to assume that there wasn’t something quite right about a young black man with a known rap sheet driving a brand new BMW.

    • StilModerated

      they went out and got one …

      Wrong! They went out and bought one!

    • OlderWoman

      If Heidi Beirich is typical of the women at SPLC…..

      Can’t finish that sentence. It stands alone.

      • NYB

        Would she give up her “job” to a deserving black?

        I hope she does more television interviews. We could use a laugh.

        • OlderWoman

          Most likely not. She asked Jared if she could attend our meeting in Nashville in the spring. I’m glad Jared said no. She probably would have brought a black assistant along for good measure. She looks like she could ‘miss a few meals.’ She’s probably has a psychological disorder and is addicted to food.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jjames2176 Jesse James

    I am sure they can’t wait to hire those monsters from the Knoxville Horror torture/rape/murders.

    • Mr America

      Those monkeys need to be put to death. Amazing how this story didn’t make MSM.

    • Non Humans

      I was living in Knoxville when that went down, while my ex-wife was finishing college.
      After that, she never complained about my, small yet practical, gun collection. Didn’t change her libtarded beliefs, though.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    As Jesse Jackson might say, it beats workin’!

  • StillModerated

    The correct spelling is $PLC, I repeat $PLC

  • The__Bobster

    Here’s hoping this thug will OJ every one of his coworkers. It couldn’t happen to a nicer group.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Maybe it could, but since I can’t think of a more deserving group offhand, your statement will have to stand as established fact. Hollywood does offer some interesting possibilities as rival claimants, however.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    The two friends were among the six black teens, known as the “Jena Six,” who were accused of beating up a white classmate at Louisiana’s Jena High School. The local prosecutor’s decision to charge them with attempted murder ignited a firestorm of media attention and public outrage across the country, raising troubling questions about race and justice in America.

    How come the original beating didn’t raise “troubling questions about race and justice in America?” How come such black-on-white crimes never do?

  • razorrare

    igniting a firestorm of media attention and public outrage across the country,raising troubling questions about race and justice in America…

    The “jena six” should of been charged with a hate crime…instead the msm & their supporters made it appear(lies & biased misreporting of the facts) as if the White student who was beaten was the perpetrator…

    this pretty much sums up the real facts in this case…http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1024/p09s01-coop.html

    • Non Humans

      These are good. I have a favorites folder full of the “True” stories, when the media covers up non-human crime.

  • NYB

    “after graduating from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a bachelor’s degree in political science”

    Not bad for a kid from “a poor community”. Now comes the interesting part: trying to make a life-long career out of victimhood and grievances.

    Any time you’re hard up for cash, shake the grievance money tree. The $PLC shows how.

    • Lewis33

      The grievance tree…reminds me of that book in first grade, “The giving tree”

  • http://www.awpn.net/ Celestial Time

    Is there really a better organization for a guy who is anti-White and charged with attempting to murder a White teen?

  • Triarius

    If this doesn’t show you the intent of the SPLC, than nothing will.

    • Unperson

      My reaction was exactly the same as yours. Except I spell it $PLC.

      Apparently no longer content merely to wage effective “lawfare” against us, the ferociously anti-White radicals of the $PLC are now taking things to the next level: rewarding with gainful employment feral black criminals with a proven record of inflicting violence on Caucasians. We should be aware that our enemies are feeling sufficiently emboldened to step up their game in this way.

  • jay11

    So those black guys beat the crap out of a hapless white boy, and got away with it? Sadly this is becoming a common occurance. See how they went from being a mob of violent attackers to saints fighting against the racism of whites? That is one heck of a come back story!

  • SoCal LoCal

    The $PLC coordinated the defense of a convicted man seeking to defend himself from civil liability. This is no longer a civil rights organization, they have become a law firm for street thugs. Hence they should lose their tax exempt status.

    • Liberalsuck

      Good luck trying to get them to lose their tax exempt status. Did Mr. Sleeze get an award recently? Don’t they pretty much have law enforcement at their disposal?

  • anarchyst

    When I was growing up a common refrain was “there’s a jew behind every negro” (pulling the “civil rights (for some)” strings).

  • anarchyst

    From a historical standpoint when I was growing up there was a saying: “behind every negro, there is a jew”. Moderator: I present this for its historical context . . .

    • MAJ

      Not this Jew.

    • blight14

      You are correct……….

  • http://www.facebook.com/george.clark.7545 George Clark

    At least the splc kept him out of law school, at least for a year.

  • bigone4u

    I guess a criminal record will not prevent you from being a lawyer these days?

    • Non Humans

      Nope! Not as long as you’re turd-colored.

      But us humans have to fear for any professional licenses that we hold if the liberals don’t like the words of our voice against non-humans, no matter how atrocious their misdeeds.

  • JohnEngelman

    The two friends were among the six black teens, known as the “Jena Six,” who were accused of beating up a white classmate at Louisiana’s Jena High School. The local prosecutor’s decision to charge them with attempted murder ignited a firestorm of media attention and public outrage across the country, raising troubling questions about race and justice in America.

    -Jamie Kizzire, SPLC, December 17, 2012

    The fact that six black hoodlums ganged up on a white boy and beat him raises troubling questions about black criminality.

    • Luca

      Blacks attack in packs. The hunter-gatherer mentality is deeply written in their DNA.

    • josh

      No! Ya think?

    • Non Humans

      Questions? No, Affirmations!

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      They see ganging up on a white kid six-to-one as being a great deal of fun. It’s rather like a game for them, as well as being a way to assert dominance.

      • JohnEngelman

        They certainly cannot assert dominance academically.

  • Liberalsuck

    Poor black people! I feel soooo soooooo sorry for them. The only way they can make it in this world is by scamming white people, screaming racism to get them what they want, fabricating stories about ‘white racism’, and having white people pay for their irresponsible behavior…all while the people supporting them are not allowed to criticize them. Must be really hard to be black in a predominately white country with all that.

    • Non Humans

      IKR! [sarc]it bweaks my widdle hawt to think of the pwight of the po widdle opwessed non-humans. If ownly day habs mo oppa2nities to suceed.[/sarc]

  • Luca

    Well, I guess their PR buddies in the media told the SPLC it was completely top heavy with mostly Ashkenazi lawyers. They thought it was wise to interject some color in a lower, menial capacity for the sake of high-profile PR. Unfortunately, Rosa Parks and Trayvon weren’t available.

  • http://twitter.com/peppermint6789 Sage Basil

    I’m ashamed to say it, but I believed the lies about the Jena Six when the story broke.

    Six years later, it’s much harder to lie. The Trayvon story kind of blew up in the anti-White media’s face.

    • http://www.awpn.net/ Celestial Time

      You should only be ashamed when you lack the integrity to admit what is truth when you can see it for yourself, not just because you believed what the string-pullers told you was the truth. We’ve all been lied to our whole lives by the media, and some people “get it” at different moments in their lives. I was about 12 or 13 when I realized they lie many, many more times than they tell the truth.

  • LHathaway

    Isn’t the SPLC the same groups that prosecutes white haters and supremacists, and is a close adviser of the media, law enforcement, and government? I guess if it’s blacks, as a group, actually beating up someone of another race (in some quarters still known as lynching) I guess if that’s the case the SPLC is fully on the side of those committing the violence. But don’t question them, or you’ll be flagged as an enemy of peace and diversity.

    • http://www.awpn.net/ Celestial Time

      If you’re not on their list, then you are doing something wrong. They jump at the first opportunity to falsely label a White group or individual as a potential threat, but don’t hesitate to distort, cover up and remain silent about the realities of rampant black crime and hate.