“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm the State of Georgia executed Troy Davis. There wasn’t enough evidence to prove he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but they decided to kill him anyway. Unfortunately, this is not the first time and it won’t be the last time an innocent person (or someone who’s case is filled with too much doubt) will be convicted and murdered by the “justice” system in this country.
Like many of you I am outraged and deeply sadden by the final outcome. The justice system has failed us. When a case is filled with TOO MUCH DOUBT, how does one decide to execute a man anyway?!? The day before his execution, I prayed and cried for Troy Davis, his family and all of those who have been wrongfully convicted and executed for crimes they did not commit. I prayed that God would let him live. On Wednesday after hearing that he was executed, I found myself tearing up as I wrote this post. I’m not really sure why, but I guess I felt extremely sad for Davis’ family and for Davis himself. How does a man deal with the fact that he knows when he will take his last breath?
It is times like these that our faith is truly tested. I’ll admit, last night I wondered, “how could God allow something like this to happen?” But maybe Davis’ purpose for being in this situation was to bring light to how unjust our justice system is. Maybe his legacy was to start a movement and encourage us to stand up for what is right; stand up to a system that has continued to fail so many people. Something has to change!!!
As Americans we have a bad habit. We come together for a certain situation or cause and once an outcome has been reached, we all go our separate ways. How much do you want to bet by Friday, Troy Davis will no longer be a trending topic on twitter or be in the media? We are always so quick to move on. But I challenge all of us to let this be a wakeup call. Let this encourage us to, as a collective unit, find a voice and seek change in our justice system. That means we need to get out and vote for those who have our best interest in mind and learn and assist organizations like The Southern Center for Human Rights, an organization dedicated to enforcing the human rights of people in the criminal justice system. Make your presence known!
Many have argued that one of the many issues of this situations is not race, but I beg to differ. It’s no secret, the relationship between black men and the justice system has never been a positive one; the Troy Davis further sheds light on a system that has failed and wrongly prosecuted black men for decades because as many see it, “someone has to pay” and more often than not it has been more blacks than any other race. As a community, we need to protect each other, have a voice and seek change. We can’t wait to the final hour to speak on what is wrong. We must begin the dialogue early and often if we want to have an impact.
We, the citizens of these United States, need to come together and not let the fight for justice end with Troy Davis. He is the catalyst for the change we need to see in this country and I hope he has inspired all of us move and take action.
“Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.
I can’t wait to stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,
“I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!”
Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!”
Rest in peace Troy Davis…