“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?