I woke up drained. Drained mentally, physically, and spiritually. Today is Thursday but this week has brought a lot of issues and problems. Issues personally, issues with my children and issues in the world we live in. I want to bring to your attention Troy Anthony Davis. I have followed his story since 2008 when it was brought to my attention by fellow blogger “Villager” from the Electronic Village Blog. Within the last few months, weeks and of course days the case of Troy Davis has gotten world wide exposure. The execution of Troy Anthony Davis will have world wide ramifications. Now LET ME BE PERFECTLY CLEAR… I DO NOT know if Troy Anthony Davis committed the crime of killing an off duty police officer which is what he was convicted of. Only God knows the truth there. What I do know is that he was convicted based on the testimony of eyewitnesses. There was NO weapon found, NO DNA, and NO other evidence. I also know that 7 out of 9 witnesses later recanted their testimony, citing police coercion, bullying and threatening to get them to implicate Troy Davis. Based on this, I feel that there is reasonable doubt in this case. In my mind if there is doubt how can you justify sending a man to his death??
I am against the death penalty. I feel that only God should have that ultimate power, because only God knows all. We should not have the authority to kill someone based on what we think happened, or what we perceive to be the truth.
But alas, Troy Anthony Davis is dead and we killed him. When I say WE I mean the American Justice System. In order that Troy’s death not be in vain WE need to get active. Do not wait until another sensational case comes along to get involved. Don’t stop being OUTRAGED over this death! Write letters to your Congressmen, Senators, Governors, etc. Get involved in your local politics which is where we can make the most difference. Get involved with human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Color of Change, and Change.org. When petitions hit Washington you name should be on them. Find a cause that you feel strongly about and FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!! Troy Davis did not give up his fight and neither should we! This death should NOT be an ending or a sign of defeat, It should be a MOTIVATING CALL TO ACTION!
What’s YOUR next move??