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And that will probably be the only thing you see this week or month on Troy Davis community wide.
I believe all of us in the community with websites are against the death penalty.
But we are against the death penalty.
We are not against it just for Troy Davis.
One of the convicted killers of James Byrd was executed this week in Texas. In fairness, I should note that he proclaimed he did not kill James Byrd. You can believe him or not. I chose not to believe him.
The killing of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas was a hateful crime and a hate crime. It was as vile as you can probably picture a murder. The African-American man was targeted because of the color of his skin on June 7, 1998.
The killers tied a chain around James Byrd's ankles and dragged him behind their truck, along an asphalt road, to his death as they swerved from one side to the next in order to inflict as much pain as they could.
Do you believe in the death penalty?
I do not.
Not even for the vile killers of James Byrd.
Not even for them.
If the death penalty is wrong, it is going to have to be wrong because it is barbaric. It is not wrong just because a few people we like and support (such as Mr. Davis) are going to be executed.
Jess' parents are very big on this issue and Jess is as well having been raised to be aware of it. Some time ago, at Third, he noted that you either call out all executions or you are saying, "Well it's wrong for Troy. But not for that guy over there."
That is not the intent. The intent is to find the best example of a wrongful execution and hope that the public grasps what almost happened (or, sadly, did) and says, "Well let's stop all executions immediately!" Jess gets that, his mother's an attorney and so is he. But this strategy has been used over and over and he feels it is past time to draw a line in the sand and just say "NO" to all executions.
All are wrong because executions are wrong. They degrade us and make us something less than human. We need to strive for better.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: