Troy Davis Will Be Remembered- Words by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Another innocent black man dies. Almost a million signatures, worldwide outrage and support for the overturning of his conviction, not to mention rampant injustice throughout the “justice” system. The word justice has no meaning in the U.S. There is only privilege and opportunity for the upper echelon. RIP Troy Davis.
“In The Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls.”- Lenny Bruce

Troy Davis: Movement Lessons

Mumia Abu-Jamal

The state judicial murder of Troy Davis of Georgia showed both the limits and the successes of the anti-death penalty movement.

It seems silly to speak of successes when an innocent man is poisoned to death by judicial decree, but though they were partial, they were successes nonetheless.

To attain the support of people like former U.S. Pres. Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, Arch-bishop Desmond Tutu and former FBI director William Sessions was no small feat. It showed the reach of the movement to procure such prestigious support.

The movement was also fueled by such revelations as shown by the recantations of people like Antoine Williams, who was one of the state’s trial witnesses. Williams later stated, “After the officers talked to me, they gave me a statement and told me to sign it. I signed it. I did not read it because I cannot read. I felt pressured to point at him.”

Was there police coercion in the Davis case? The DA certainly thought so, as shown by his remark, “Oh , well, they were probably coerced by the defense too, so that balances it out and we should still kill him.”

Think about that.

What power of coercion does the defense possess? Handcuffs? Threats? Jail cells? Criminal

charges? Death sentences?

That any prosecutor can say something so dopey is – well, – nuts.

The Troy Davis movement amassed almost a million signatures on petitions. Remarkable

But signatures on paper (or online) aren’t people in the streets.

If a million people were on the march, maybe–maybe–he would be alive.

Maybe.

For one of the other limits are those imposed by the law, one designed to lock in and prevent serious judicial review and remedy. Laws signed into the books by none other than the first so- called Black president: William Jefferson Clinton.

Troy Davis’s family and supporters brought much to the anti-death penalty movement. I hope they are not too discouraged to continue the struggle.

In so doing, they can insure that Troy Davis will never be forgotten.

(c) ’11 maj

The Power of Truth is Final — Free Mumia!

Advertisements
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: