I AM TROY DAVIS

“Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what’s going on in tha hood.” Ice Cube as “Doughboy” in Boyz N Da Hood, 1991.

“I’m trying to bring the word to the young people. There is too much doubt.” Big Boi, of the Atlanta-based group Outkast, said at a church near the prison where Troy Davis is set to be executed.

“What you really know about the Dirty South?” GOODie MOb feat Cool Breeze, “Dirty South”, Soul Food, 1995.

BALANCE. RECIPROCITY. HARMONY. When you wake-up today and receive your 7am Daily Dose, Troy Davis, the death-row inmate charged with the murder of off-duty officer Mark McPhail, will have been dead by order of lethal injection for almost 8 hours.  I was hoping and praying that someway somehow someone on the Supreme Court would come to their senses, have a spiritual epiphany, and order a stay to further investigate whether or not Troy Davis is an innocent man. Unfortunately, man had his way and Troy Davis is now dead for something he and other said he didn’t do. I am pissed to say the least.  I’m embarrassed. What message does this send to young people?  What are the moral consequences of such a decision?  What does this say about our justice system? I think it says more about the system than it does about those condemned by it. I think by hell or high water our young – especially our young brown boys – need to be protected and nurtured in such a way that keeps them in school gaining an education rather than in these unfortunate predicaments that land them as part of the privatized prison industrial complex.  I think the post-racial rhetoric needs to stop because this is a clear example of the ways race continues to rear its ugly head in these United States of America.

I’m numb this morning.  I AM TROY DAVIS. How do I make sense of this?

Yesterday around 6:00 – that is, an hour before Davis was scheduled to die – Facebook and Twitter went bananas.  Actually I’ve never seen such second-by-second activity on either of the social networks.  One of the most engaging conversations that led to over 60 comments was sparked by FB friend Bobby Jackson who posted the following: “…is gonna ask a tough question, and I’m not being rhetorical or facetious: in an hour, Troy Davis is gonna experience death or a miracle of life extended. Here’s the question: whichever happens, are they both the will of God?”

Click here to read the conversation in its entirety.

The DDR: Until his death, Troy Davis maintained his innocence.  He called the mother of Officer McPhail to tell her that he did not kill her son, and urged her to keep investigating to find out who. He then prayed that God has mercy on the souls of those who ordered his execution. What are your thoughts about this engaging question regarding the will of God? What can we learn from what has turned into a high-profile case that will hopefully result in the dismantling of the death penalty? GOODie MOB stood for the “GOOD Die Mostly Over Bullshit”. Is it true?

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One Response to I AM TROY DAVIS

  1. P.E. Cobb says:

    Troy Davis wasn’t innocent—yet he didn’t deserve to die. How do I know he wasn’t innocent? Listen or rather read his last words.

    Five reporters were allowed to witness the killing—err, execution of Troy Davis. Below are some quotes attributed to being his final statement or words:

    • “The incident that night was not my fault, I did not have a gun…I did not personally kill your son, father and brother. I am innocent.”

    • ‘I’d like to address the MacPhail family. Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I’m not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent.’

    • ‘All I can ask… is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth.’

    • “It’s not my fault; I did not have a gun,” he said while strapped to a gurney, according to witness Rhonda Cook of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I did not personally kill your son, father, brother,” he said, Cook reported.

    • “dig deeper” into the case after his death

    • “The incident that night was not my fault. I did not have a gun. I did not personally kill your son, father or brother. I am innocent. Look deeper into this case, so you can really find the truth.

    I copied the quotes verbatim from various online news sources. Each quote is not identically written, therefore I used several.

    What Troy Smith said doesn’t sound like the words of a totally innocent man. My feeling is he knew who is responsible or played a vital part in that shooting that night.

    “I’m not the one who personally or I did not personally” —stop right there.

    If I didn’t do something and I don’t have any direct or indirect involvement with a killing, you think I would use a word like ‘personally’ to describe my complete utter innocence? I’m saying the following: (1) I wasn’t there. (2) I didn’t do it. (3) I have no knowledge of who did or what happened. For me, the word ‘personally’ suggests or implies that he was letting us know, he didn’t pull the trigger—personally, but …But what? He doesn’t say; but he does implore others to keep looking for the truth.

    “…despite the situation you are in…”

    I’m not calling or referring to a KILLING as a ‘situation.’ This is penal-system flim-flam-speak.

    Supposedly he told witnesses attending the execution to continue to seek finding the truth in the murder of the Officer Mark Allen MacPhail. My words may have been: “I hope and pray to God that the real killer steps forward or that real evidence will surface after you kill me, so you’ll know you were wrong.” Also, I don’t have to shy away from using words like ‘murder’ or ‘killing’ especially when I haven’t committed a crime. Guilty people tend to use indirect language about certain incidents that involve them.

    Examples (1) – A person admitting to theft and apologizing may say: “I didn’t mean to do that” or “I’m sorry for taking…” More than likely, they won’t say “It was wrong of me to steal your…” or “I apologize for stealing your …”

    Example (2) – It a person sexually violates another and later admits and apologizes about what they have done, can you picture that person saying the word ‘rape’ in the apology? They would probably say, “I’m sorry for what occurred” or “what I did was wrong.”

    Example (3) – An apology by an adulterous person probably would be: “I didn’t mean to get with that other woman” rather than “I didn’t mean to cheat on you.”

    Guilty people probably soften language in negative situations more so than the innocent, especially if they feel shame, embarrassment, or remorse.

    “I did not have a gun.”

    Who says that if you weren’t even there or involved or have any details of what occurred? Personally, I’m probably not mentioning any form of weapon because I could care less what tool was used. That’s the least of my worries. All I know is I didn’t do it, why do you have me locked up? I think Davis was saying, I didn’t have a gun, but I know who did; or it may have been my gun or I was there, but I didn’t pull the trigger.

    Reports say that Davis asked his family members and friends to “dig deeper” into the case after his death.

    Seek the truth? I somehow think my language would have been stronger—like, I don’t know how many times I gotta tell you, but you have the wrong guy and, If there is a such thing as ghosts or haunting, everyone involved in my death—please believe I will be visiting you. And oh yeah, may God have mercy on your souls. If I don’t know anything about anything, I’m not asking anybody to dig deeper. If you found me guilty of something I didn’t do, you haven’t dug at all in my estimation. Go and find the killer, because you have failed by convicting me. This is a joke, but it’s no laughing matter. He chose some suspect words because he probably had knowledge of what happened.

    Stop Snitching Street Code

    In the event Troy Davis did know who the actual killer was or had other information that could have led to the killer, he chose not divulge the truth. He opted to take his “No Snitch” mantra to the grave. That’s sad! You know why? Officer Mark MacPhail’s family would like to know who-did-what. They were happy to see anybody die because of their lost and hurt. They really don’t care who it was, as long as somebody “paid” a price for the death of their loved-one. Why should the MacPhail family care if the State of Georgia executed the right guy or not, especially if the dude (Davis) strapped in the chair doesn’t care enough to tell what happened or care enough to save his own life?

    When I first heard of this case, I did as I usually do; I put myself in Troy’s situation—as if I were accused, convicted, yet innocent. I immediately thought as I’ve done many times before; how I would act and what I would do if I were falsely accused of a hideous crime. Get me the best lie-detector/ polygraph administers in the world! That’s what I always scream internally. I know the tests can’t be used in court, but I want to take 40 tests, so everyone interested or involved would know I passed 40 times and it wasn’t a fluke. The truth doesn’t change—LIES do (unless you have an exaggerating uncle or best buddy—but that’s another topic).

    There’s no fear of taking the stand in a courtroom or apprehension of a prosecutor twisting the truth. Here’s an example I often pose to others. READER: pretend right now a prosecutor has accused you of killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman; and you’re about to lose your life or go to prison, how can you, an innocent person not take the stand? Did you kill Tupac Shakur, Christopher Wallace, JonBét Ramsey, or Caylee Anthony? If out of the clear blue skies I was arrested and charged with any of those unsolved murders, how can I not testify? Did I shoot the Notorious B.I.G? No. I wasn’t there. You mean to tell me an innocent person can’t sit in a chair and answer questions when you’re truly innocent?

    So when I heard on Wednesday (September 21st) a request had been made and denied for Davis to take a polygraph test, I was thinking, he’s had four other stays of execution, he should have already taken multiple lie-detector tests. I don’t know if he ever requested one before, but September 21st, 2011 wouldn’t have been the first time my attorneys requested it on my behalf.

    I think Troy Davis is guilty of something, but he didn’t deserve to die because too much doubt existed. Yet, I don’t feel he did himself or all of his supporters any favors by idly not saying what happened. I wonder if he took the stand at his trial. If not, that leads me where it always does when a person is accused of something, yet they don’t testify. That individual knows something and they don’t want to jeopardize it being exposed under cross-examination.

    • If he didn’t testify at his trial…

    • And if he didn’t request to take a polygraph or he refused to take a polygraph (it may have been offered to him over the last 22 years)…

    • And if he knew something about that night, yet chose to stay mum

    He took a gamble with his own life and FLATLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE.

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