On Wednesday evening at 11:08 p.m. it seemed as if the everyone held their breath in unison as it was announced that Troy Davis had been executed by way of lethal injection. The e-world went into a frenzy, frantically posting their discouragement and pain on any online surface. Below are poignant thoughts from some our favorite digital characters.
ANGELA YEE, Radio Personality ? @ANGELAYEE ? THE BREAKFAST CLUB
I have always had a problem with the death penalty and the hypocrisy of it. I think that it makes no sense to punish someone for murder by murdering them. If you’re telling society that killing is wrong then that should be across the board. I also know that there have been cases where people were executed and then it was later revealed that they were innocent. That’s a mistake that you can NEVER correct. For Troy Davis in particular, there is a great deal of uncertainty about what happened. Witnesses that originally said he was the shooter later recanted their stories, many of them saying they felt pressure to sign their affidavits. There is even another witness who could be the potential shooter. People keep saying that Troy Davis was no angel, and I agree, but he also doesn’t deserve to die. Life in prison without the possibility of parole would be the best alternative. I also know that almost all the prisoners on death row are people who couldn’t afford a lawyer and therefore have court-appointed attorneys who often don’t have the experience, time, or aren’t getting paid enough to care. So Troy Davis is just another example of how flawed the system is, and a very tragic example at that!
ALVIN BLANCO, Journalist/Author ? @AQUA174 ? SLANGRAPDEMOCRACY.COM
The legal lynching of Troy Davis truly saddened me. I sincerely felt that the Supreme Court would do the right thing, only to have that optimism dashed, as Troy Davis lost his life at 11:08pm. It’s troubling that despite a gang of evidence making “beyond a reasonable doubt” laughable at best, a human being was still murdered off of speculation. While I do believe in the justice system at a fundamental level, something must be done about the racism, corruption and illicit agendas that have turned it into a joke.
HYUN KIM, Journalist ? @HYUNIC ? HYUN KIM
I teared up when the news came down that the Supreme Court would not stop the execution. I was surprised that I could be so deeply moved about a man who I never knew existed only a week ago. And it made me think that nobody won last night. In a way, we as a society are at fault and not at fault for the death of Troy Davis. How many times have we not voted? How many times have we squirmed out of jury duty? In a way, we collectively cried because deep inside there is a tinge of guilt, we know that we could do more, not just for Troy Davis, but in our everyday lives to make this a better country and a better world.
Earlier in the day, a KKK Clansman convicted in the brutal dragging death of a black man in Texas was executed. Don’t think there was a lot of crossover in his and Davis’ supporters. This was about a man whose life was decided based on a weak case. #TooMuchDoubt. It wasn’t just the death penalty, it was the possibility of an innocent man being put to death by our government. We want to believe in doing right. We want to believe that if we do that, right will be done onto us. Wednesday night, an already jaded people grasped at hope and rallied for a cause they needed to believe in. But it failed us. And it was everything that this country promised to be.
STARR RHETT, Writer ? @GangStarrGirl ? VIBE.COM
The Troy Davis verdict is once again a reflection of how disgustingly flawed the American Justice System is and the complete obstinants (and probably arrogance too) of high ranking officials who simply don’t want to change it. I’m sick.
JAS FLY, Writer/Brand Manager ? @JASFLY ? JASFLY.COM
Troy Davis was a myriad of wake up calls. This case shined an undeniable spotlight on the injustice of the death penalty. It was a reminder that the collective voice of the people still takes a back seat to political agendas in this country. And it is proof that the time to claim our power isn’t in the last hour, but rather in the voting booth. Troy Davis may be gone but let his death serve as the starting point to fight for the thousands of Troy Davis’ left. Power to the people.
DAVID D., Blogger ? @TSSCREW ? THE SMOKING SECTION
Every so often, America has a way of reminding us that we’re nothing more than second-class citizens. I held out hope until the very end that Davis would at least be granted a stay and my heart is heavy that he was still murdered last night. There’s a definite chill in the air as it’s hit everyone that another injustice has occurred before our eyes. I grew up wondering what would happen if I were alive in the 60s during the most volatile days of race relations. Unfortunately, I may not have to woner anymore as things are taking a major turn again: more Black men are in jail than were enslaved in 1850, the average Black family makes half of what the average White family makes and a Black man was just lynched by teenagers in Mississippi. Only time will tell if this Troy Davis incident will be the catalyst that ignites the powder keg, but you can feel things changing every day. Those London riots from a few weeks ago may be a precursor to something similar happening in America if the ship isn’t righted.
SARAH HUNY YOUNG, Graphic Designer ? @HUNY? GANGSTERLY
I’ve never fully understood the term “rest in power” until 11:08 p.m. last night with the homicide of Troy Davis. The last few days leading up to this have stunned me into an activism I hadn’t previously conceived of. What so many have done via peaceful protest, be it in person or on social networks, has made me so proud to be a part of the generation that started vehicles like Twitter and Facebook. It overrules my shame as an American right now. I pray that those who became hopeful yesterday that their voice had meaning don’t give up fighting for what they believe in. I pray that the shock never wears off. And I pray for the many other Troy Davises and that where reasonable doubt exists innocence will always be the verdict. Let’s get free.
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