Last night at 11:08pm after a 3 hour and 30 min delay Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by lethal injection.
I watched the coverage from 7pm to 11:08…. I never changed the channel or left the room. I prayed… I kept it optimistic…I thought.. I wondered…During that time I just could not imagine being his sister… his friend.. or him. His physical fate laid in the hands of humans but through it all he kept his faith. Through it all he still believed. Through it all he kept his head up. Supporters of the death penalty even question whether this was the right thing to do.. TOO MUCH DOUBT and not enough answers.
My issue is that our justice system is flawed, not the color of his skin but we also have to be realistic! I know that nothing is perfect but to have students say “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL” and allow things like this to continue is crazy to me. When it comes to the justice system its about race and class. CNN reporter said in our justice system you are more likely to be executed for killing a White man vs.. any other race. I have been saying this from day one, if he was white living in a trailer park there is no doubt in my mind he wouldn’t be going through the same thing (Class). Its Blue vs.. White vs.. Black and Rich vs.. “Poor” when it comes to our system, remember Sean Bell??? I don’t want to make this about race because that’s NOT the bigger picture. (Lawrence Russel Brewer http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2094322,00.html was also executed yesterday but not it was talked about much).
This has been happening for years! And will continue to happen, there are thousands sitting on death row at this minute with their fate in the hands of a HUMAN not their maker. There are thousands sitting on death row because they weren’t heard. There are thousands sitting on death row for crimes they didn’t commit…. We need to give them a voice! A chance…. What if your ____________ was sitting on death row and to be executed tomorrow? What if you sent someone to death row but couldn’t prove they committed the crime? My question is: Is it about revenge or justice when it comes to the death penalty?
It seems more like revenge (with the death penalty in general), especially after hearing Officer Mark MacPhails mother talk last night and the reactions from the family “smiles and laughter” at 11:08 pm.I have not, thank the lord, had to go through what officer MacPhails family went through but I don’t think in any scenario is the best answer for “justice” the death penalty. Don’t give me “a killer is off the street” he’s been off the street for 20 years! What more can you ask for… you want to play his maker and that’s not right! An eye for an eye is not justice in my notebook.
My best friend said something good on twitter last night “The officers mom sounds insensitive but how many moms out there say everyday ‘if someone hurts my child I will kill them’…and “Lets be real how understanding or sensitive would you be if your child was gunned down raped ect…Be honest” Very true! And those are question many of us cant answer. Of course we would want that person punished, no doubt about that… but how far would you go in putting your “justice” in your hands and becoming his maker?
Now we fall back into race:
During a a twitter debate someone said “its too late… black people have no hope” when I read that… my heart dropped! How can you say that?? The thing is back during the civil rights era WE STUCK TOGETHER! And everyone saw that fight in us so they put drugs and guns in our neighborhoods and like an experiment watch(ed) us destroy each other. But on the contrary we took these things and put them to use… upon ourselves! We spend too much time hating one another than helping and growing. We are only concerned with ourselves which keeps us stuck! Like Harriet Tubman said “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” That quote is very evident in our thinking today! If you don’t see or realize something, how can you change it? Answer: You cant!
We don’t see how we are destroying one another. We don’t see how we have set limitations upon ourselves. We don’t see the hate we have amongst ourselves….Stop blaming everyone else and look at YOU! What can YOU do? How can YOU change? Then remember that YOU is really US! When you change.. you teach your kids… who teach their kids… and it WILL get done. No YOU personally may not see it but your blood will. Why would you want your kids to continue to walk down the path, we created, only to get worse? I am terrified to have a child because of the times that are ahead… I fear for my unborn child but I HAVE to take a stand, raise and teach them differently! You saying you don’t care about what’s going on and thinking you cant change is basically saying you could care less what happens to your kids…. they are up next!
Whether I followed the case for 20 years, which means I would have been 4, or if I just learned about it yesterday, which I didn’t, I have EVERY right to stand up and advocate for MY beliefs! I keep hearing “it was too late” “Yall didn’t know him” but my question is WHY does that matter? It does not matter when you start just make sure you finish! We place time limits on everything that though of “its too late” will keep you delayed. Its 2011 not 1943 there are so many other ways to get heard besides marching, so for someone to say that the only ones who truly care are those out marching and protesting baffles me. STOP using your twitter/facebook for finding hoes and use them as a tool! A voice! A positive outlet!
If you are a HUMAN you are Troy Davis. If you have been a victim to the system you are Troy Davis. If you are a Brother you are Troy Davis. If you are a Sister you are Troy Davis. If you are a Mother you are Troy Davis. If you are a father you are Troy Davis…..
Troy’s mother last wish was to see her son free… so we fought! Troy’s last wish was that we continue to fight… SO LETS NOT STOP!
If you don’t know about this case PLEASE go read it (http://troyanthonydavis.org/) PLEASE and after you do… TAKE A STAND… whether it be a petition… a letter.. a protest…a trending topic.. let your VOICE and opinion be heard! Yes he is gone but there are so many others wearing his shoes!!! Remember violence is not the answer and for justice we have to remember that!
Read his letter:
I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.
As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail.
I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist.
So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.
I can’t wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,
“I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!”
Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!