There are news reports circulating today that Mychal Bell, one of the Jena 6 defendants, allegedly tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the chest after being accused of shop lifting, last night.
This is how the Associated Press is reporting the story.
Now, this is how the local media in Monroe LA is covering the story:
See the difference?
Also, it seems that Dillards has quite a history of being accused of racial profiling:
I'm not sayin' whether Bell is guilty or not.
One, I wasn't there. And two, I don't shop at Dillards, anyway. (Not enough Afrocentric Clothing.)
But I will say this. It does seem that the media jump all over stories when something bad happens to a black person who beats the system.
Remember Rodney King's legal troubles after the LA Rebellion?
Seems like the underlying message that white America gives black folks is:
"See, even when we lose, we win."