Tonight I killed a man.
Amnesty International would have it otherwise. Troy Davis supporters were instructed to wear black armbands that said, “Not in My Name!” as a symbol of protest.
I say I because I am a resident of Georgia and a citizen of the United States. This is a democratic republic, so-called, and that means that the laws that are to be upheld are of our own creation—of my creation.
I—we killed a man.
We had an opportunity to redeem what it means to be a just society. Executing Troy Davis, in the face of evidence establishing reasonable doubt as to his guilt, made a mockery of what it is supposed to mean to live in a democratic society.
We killed a man and we called that justice.