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Jena Nooses and John Mellancamp
Man, Jena, Louisiana is getting far more publicity than I think they ever dreamed they would. It started with 6 black teens beating up a white teen, but it has turned into a national concern. For one thing, nooses are being found all around Jena, and even worse, a news report I saw on CNN last night said that nooses are more common across the country than ever.
Then John Mellancamp comes up with some lyrics that inflamed the mayor of Jena, who called it racist. But all Mellancamp sings is "Jena, take your nooses down." I think he is, like John states, rebelling against racism, not promoting it.