Black America is under assault by a biased criminal justice system, and the Jena protest was a spasm of its collective consciousness. This system, correctly labeled “the prison-industrial complex,” is the primary site of racial oppression today, and one of its most corrosive aspects is what many activists call the “school-to-jail pipeline.”
The Jena Six case revealed that pipeline in all its perverse glory: white students’ punishment for hanging nooses remained within the context of school discipline, while the black students’ cases were exported to the criminal justice system.
SCHIP collateral damage ... The answer is that, like the US Chamber of Commerce, they aren't really pro-life or pro-business, they're just pro-GOP and pro-Bush. It's helpful to see them exposed; call it "SCHIP collateral damage".