Racism. It is a horrible reality in our country. I know we don’t like to discuss it, but it’s there, it’s pervasive, it’s sickening.
What is racism anyway? If we break it down, what does it imply at its heart? I think it boils down to two things: Superiority and skin color.
My skin is pale white and I have freckles that I hate, they cover my arms, legs and chest. The skin on my face is also pale, not pasty, just pale with some freckles. Growing up near the beach in South Florida, I loved the ocean and the sun. I’m paying for my sun-worshiping days now. No skin cancer – yet – but the way I baked my skin when I was young, doctors always have an eye on my freckles.
I’ve always loved dark skin. And the darker the better. (I’d like all my freckles to merge into a rich mahogany color.)
Unfortunately, we can’t pick our skin color, it’s a gift we’re born with. If Troy Davis’ skin was a pale color would he have gotten clemency, too?
The man pictured below, is the color of his skin dictate how deserving he is of pardon? Yes, says the Parole Board of Georgia.
The man below is a murderer but was not murdered last night. Before Troy’s casket was sealed, the Parole Board of the State of Georgia gave this man clemency.
Wouldn’t you think that the death penalty in Troy Davis’ case would give people pause, or prompt them to consider the consequences of killing an innocent? There was too much doubt to kill Troy Davis! But he was black….. Guilty of being black in Georgia.
Georgia murders more black men on death row than white.
There are Southerners and Skin Heads who hate a person’s skin color with such a passion. it must be something that’s inbred – inherited from childhood, I think.
When I read that just last night this white man was given clemency in Georgia the night after Troy was murdered, it proved to me that the application of murder in Troy’s case was racially motivated. Why else would they put him to death and save this man?
They put him to death because good ole boys and girls in Georgia are not expected to have a conscious when it comes to a black person, particularly a black man who is believed to have murdered a white cop.
Troy Davis’ murder was, in my opinion, as much of a hate crime as the recently murdered Texas man who hitched a black man to his truck and dragged him to his death.
Troy Davis is guilty of being black in Georgia.