Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Execution of Troy Davis

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. 

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