To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice. – Desmond Tutu
After the execution of Troy Davis last night (September 21, 2011) at 11:08 PM I no longer believe in the death penalty.
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Troy Davis was executed for maybe killing off duty police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989 at the age of 19. Now my argument will never be a racial issue in this case. My argument is how our “judicial” system is not working properly to benefit the people. Will we ever know if Troy really killed the officer. Maybe… Maybe not. But that’s the problem… we don’t know as a people if he really did. To give someone the death penalty there must not be once ounce of reasonable doubt. With Troy Davis that was clearly not the case. Where is the justice in that?
Mr. Davis, to the moment he was laid to rest, proclaimed his innocence… “I am sorry for your loss,” Davis said. “I did not personally kill your son, father and brother. I am innocent.” For those executing him, Davis said, “May God have mercy on your souls, May God bless your souls.” Davis then turned down an offer of a prayer. Fourteen minutes later, he was dead.
The Supreme Court Justice deliberated for about three hours after an emergency motion was put in an hour before Davis’s original execution time. If it took the Justices three hours they had to know something in this case was not right.
Now am not saying that Davis was innocent in this case. No. I’m saying that we don’t know if he’s guilty. A large part of me wants them to find out that Davis was not the killer. I want the death penalty revoked. I want it to proven without a single doubt that Davis did not do this, and to have this ENTIRE American judicial system revalued.
With or without the death of Troy Davis this system does need to be reevaluated. It shouldn’t take a tragic lose for people perk their ears. We as American people complain about the judicial system and the way our government is ran. If you ever read the book 1984 George Orwell clearly tells us all as people, we can all take it back. There are more of us than there are of them. Fight the power? I wish the American people knew (especially the middle and lower classes) we are the power. The powerful will lose their authority once we decide to take it back.
We blame a lot of our countries problems on being racial. While that may be true in many cases, that’s not true in all cases. This to me is not a race issue. It’s a numbers and monetary issue for the government. Racism at some point in this country will transcend in to classicism. We are all created equal. We need to start expecting that.
The words that really took me over the top in this case come from Mark’s windowed wife. She stated that she wanted Davis’s family to feel and know the same pain they felt. This really got to me because justice should not be focused around death. It should be focused around making this world a better place. Even though you have pain and hurt in your heart his execution is not going to make you feel better the next day. The world will still go on and all you did by killing this potential innocent man was kill the physically body. You cannot revoke the actions done that day.
Believe me, with the death of Troy the MacPhail family will not find peace. They will only gain peace from within.
Lets reevaluate our judicial system to end innocent men and women being placed to death for crimes they did not commit.