Troy Davis, Troy Davis, Troy Davis. Ahh what a name, what a meaning, what a symbol this man has become. Those of you who have read my blog before know how I feel about the death penalty, for numerous reasons varying from its moral oxymora, arbitrary distribution & failure to deter crime. This case is different from the usual though, because many pro-death penalty individuals fought for the release of Troy Davis. Though this may sound contradictory, the reason I have yet to post about Georgia's legal lynching of Troy Davis is because I've been so engulfed within it.
Regardless, I don't plan to turn this into a battlefield of my opinion vs yours, or cop killer vs nice guy. I just think we should all take a moment and reflect on this case... contemplate not only Troy Davis' execution but the death penalty, because it's shown it's complete contempt for human life and the voices of 'the people' who supposedly keep this justice system in balance. When thousands rise up only to be stonewalled and ignored by 'the system' that should show us the power that is held in the hands of the judicial system.
(Protesters in Georgia)
If anyone here hasn't heard of this case, you can find a brief overview of it here. The Atlanta Post also wrote a nice article articulating some vital facts which you can read here. Though I am a bit reluctant to post the following link because it appeals to the ideal of celebrities words holding more meaning than others, that's a smaller issue when dealing with a thing such as the case at hand. So here is another link detailing celebrity reactions to the denial of clemency for Troy Davis.
But enough from me. Let's hear from someone within the system itself has spoken up on Troy's behalf. Judge Mathis, that is !
Now I don't mean to give & take here, but let it just be noted that Judge Mathis didn't speak up until after the execution, so let that motivate us to avoid that mistake for the next Troy Davis.
All that this says to me is that the system will have it's way regardless of what the people do or say, and that's a dangerous thought. But let that be the fuel in your system that pushes you to do something for every other Troy Davis to come. And just like 9/11, regardless of what you believe occurred that day, we will never forget the victim(s). With that being said, Troy did leave a letter before he past that I found to be very meaningful and sentimental. You can read it here.
I just want to leave you with a news piece on the Troy Davis execution piece and 2 songs dedicated to Mr Davis.
(Discussion regarding the case of Mr Davis)
I hope this allows us all to reflect on the various subjects this case has brought up:
- The death penalty (in theory & in practice)
- The power (or lack) of rallying and protesting
- The power held by our 'Justice System'
- The United States' stance on human right, etc etc
Just in case anyone wants to read: Amnesty USA Death Penalty Facts