September 28, 2007
You've heard the news and read the headlines. Now, on Dr. Phil, the families of the six black teens arrested and charged with the assault of a white teen in Jena, Louisiana last December sound off. Was it a hate crime or just a prank? A matter of black and white, or simply right and wrong? Were the Jena 6's civil rights violated during the trial?
Opinions across the country diverged when five of the six African-Americans in the Jena 6 case were initially charged with second degree attempted murder. Now their families, and the parents of the white teen who was attacked, sound off.
A Town Divided
The parents of Justin Barker, the white teen who was attacked, speak exclusively to Dr. Phil, and also face-off with Mychal Bell's supporters.
An Intense Debate
Reverend Al Sharpton is a man some people regard as a courageous champion of civil rights in America. Others, like Jena Junior High School teacher's aide Bobbie Cornett, say he's a racist bully who is actually creating more problems in Jena with his outlandish statements.
"Our town wasn't racially divided before this happened."
Setting the Record Straight
The Barker's say that Richard Barrett tricked them when he entered their home under false pretenses. He claimed to support their son, but he was really a white supremacist who used the family and posted pictures he took with them on a skinhead Web site.
Dr. Phil speaks with the Barkers about what may or may not have happened prior to the violence. Then, he meets with Bishop T.D. Jakes, who has donated $6,000 toward the legal defense fund for the Jena 6. What does Bishop Jakes think needs to happen to heal the community?
Tune in Monday as the dialogue continues!