After months of pressure from the public and media, the United States Congress has finally decided to address the Jena Six incident. The House committee on Judiciary held hearings today to discuss the case of six black teenagers in the small town of Jena, LA who were charged with the beating of a white student. The incident happened after three white kids hung nooses on a tree on a high school campus there.
African-American civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton asked Congress to expand hate crime laws to accommodate noose-hanging incidents like the one that occurred at Jena High School.