I always keep these two e-mails in my inbox. The juxtaposition of the first, pleading with people to contact the parole board to stop Troy’s death. Then the next, a memorial, the sign that justice had failed once again. That a man who should not of died was put to his death. A beacon that shed even more light on the racism that permeates our country, and the world.
I can remember teaching a class on the night he was executed. I got the email midway through that they were delaying his execution because of SCOTUS. I was so happy and thought maybe they would stop it. I came out of class and he was murdered.
RIP Troy Anthony Davis (October 9, 1968 - September 21, 2011)
Murdered by the state of Georgia with the tacit approval of millions of Americans for the crime of being black in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace. But I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.” - Troy Davis, September 20, 2011
“To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice.” - Desmond Tutu
This upcoming Wednesday will be the six month anniversary of Troy Davis’ murder.
I’ve seen tweets from conservatives talking about how stupid liberals are for opposing death penalty but trusting government health care. You know what, assholes? There’s a huge fucking difference between the government giving you health care to keep you alive and killing you because they think you murdered someone. If you can’t see that, that says a lot about how fucked up your shitty world view.
So fucking pissed.