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Not even a day after the execution of Troy Davis and my fears are realized once again. I am going to take a very personal approach to this topic, so please beware.As a Black American woman, I have to live with many fears & truths about living in this country. America is a great country but it has its' flaws and history (including yesterday) shows that. Couple that with living in the South, and my fears are multiplied....more
Editor's update: Amy Goodman at Democracy Now reports that Troy Davis was executed at 11:08PM Eastern Time, after the the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay the execution for Troy Davis about a half an hour earlier. #RIPTroyDavis was the top trending topic on Twitter following the announcement that the stay had been denied....more
Was Teresa Lewis executed because she was a woman? Well, of course not! Teresa – the first woman to be put to death in Virginia in almost 100 years -- was executed because of her involvement in the murder of her husband and stepson. But why did she get the death penalty when her two accomplices – the triggermen – got life in prison? There’s the factual answer – one of the gunmen pleaded guilty and cut a deal. There’s the legal process answer – her attorneys made some bad decisions. There’s the roll-of-the-dice answer: she got a tough judge and some key evidence was not allowed in. There’s the misogyny answer: because she looked like a mean, heartless bitch (in her photos, that is). And there’s the gender answer (the one that is most telling): because she did what a powerful man, whom she wanted to please, told her to do.
Many years ago, many many years ago, long before some of you were probably born, he was born. I'm told that his own childhood was not that of lollipops and sunshine, but one of violence and abuse and drugs and incarceration. Mental institutions and juvenile detention employed as places to keep him safe from his own relatives.
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