Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
On Wednesday September 21st, 2011 at 11:08 pm Troy Anthony Davis, a Black man, was murdered by lethal injection for allegedly killing a white police officer. Despite the millions of people worldwide, including former Commander In Chief Jimmy Carter and the Pope, calling for his clemency, a new trial or a pardon, the Supreme Court of the United States took it upon themselves to have the moral authority to decide the value of his life. Throughout the 22 years of his incarceration he maintained his innocence. In addition to that, no murder weapon was ever located and several of the witnesses have retracted their statements because they were coerced by police offers to name Troy Davis as the guilty party. Ironically, three months earlier Johannes Mehserle, a white police officer served only 11 months on a two year sentence, after being captured on video killing 22 year old Blackman named, Oscar Grant in Oakland California. Oscar Grant at the time of his murder was facedown, handcuffed and unarmed. A California judge ruled that Mehserle should be released for good conduct and time served. Even more ironic, is that the day Troy Davis was executed, the Congressional Black Caucus without even publicizing a statement to the family of Troy Davis, began its annual legislative session a few blocks away from the Supreme Court of the United States. Finally, the most ironic fact of them all is this is happening under the watch of America’s first Black president, Barack Obama. Barack Obama choose to remain silent, even with hundreds of Howard University students protesting (some of whom were arrested), in front of his home at the White House.