I woke up this morning in disbelief that I spent much of yesterday knowingly watching, writing and blogging about a man that was alive in the morning but would be dead by the end of the day. Now, I guess today we are supposed to go back to our regular lives and forget about what happened… He’s dead, but our life goes on..
Despite the global efforts of millions across the planet and a 3 hour, last minute delay that seemed like a miracle; while the Supreme Court Reviewed the case, Troy Davis was executed at 11:08 p.m. at a Death Row Prison Facility in Jackson, GA last night -September 21, 2011.
Two dates of September that I will always remember. 9/11 and 9/21. Although the last date was a day of grieving that the American government brought upon it’s people. September 21, 2011 could of been just another day in September if our legal justice system was worth anything.
During those 3 hours I can’t help but imagine what the Supreme Court went over and how they concluded to give the phone call to say YES, IT’S OK TO KILL THIS MAN TROY DAVIS.. They should have to tell us why . They should be required to answer to us. Troy Davis’ death certificate reads “HOMICIDE” by the Government of the United States of America.
Before his execution Troy Davis HAD this to say:
I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.
As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail.
I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist.
So 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!
Yesterday left me drifting back to my child hood. Asking God why does he allow these things to happen. If left me hoping that when people went back to their normal everyday lives that they did not forget about Troy Jackson. You ask why do we care so much? If you know anything about the legal justice system you know how it entraps many black men. You know that this could be you or any man in your black family. After expressing these thoughts a friend sent me a video. This video helped bring some peace to me.. I hope it can do the same for you.