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September 23, 2011


guilty of being black in Georgia

by Andrea O'Connell

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.

Samuel David Crowe

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.

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sep 24 2011

    I’m thinking you are right on the mark on this one. Thanks for being a white person not afraid to say so, too.

    • Sep 26 2011

      It’s not the colour so much, it’s if you have a Lawyer who cares and follows up, long after your trial is over and you are declared guilty. Once that has happened you have your Lawyer, who likely does? get paid and a bunch of College kids who’s professor chooses one person on DP to challenge as a course mandate. Soooooo you see it’s not always about the trial but what happens afterwards that really counts. In the case of Casey Anthony for example, she is getting all kinds of help because she is in the winner’s corner. What would have happened if she was found guilty? A lot of time in jail waitng for her Lawyers to file all their challenges. SHE WAS JUST LUCKY to have 12 dummies cast a vote in her favour of not guilty.

      • Sep 27 2011

        AMEN, Weezie, you got that right. Lately, though, I have begun to wonder if Casey Anthony is not wishing she was back in jail? At least she was safe there.

    • Sep 27 2011

      Thanks for that feedback, Sherry. It means a lot to me… it’s not easy stuff to discuss….. ❤

  2. jean-philippe
    Sep 24 2011

    There are 3 times more Black people waiting to be executed than in the general population (35% to 13%). And Black Americans are 3 times more affected by poverty than White Americans (24.7% of Black Americans opposed to 8.6% White Americans in 2008).

    Racism indeed.

    • Sep 27 2011

      Jean-Philippe, Thank you so much for these numbers – I truly appreciate it. And, it sure paints a terrible story, doesn’t it?

      I also want to add that your blog is now a favorite of mine!

      • jean-philippe
        Sep 27 2011

        Feel free to come on my blog anytime 🙂

        In case you would like to dig the numbers about death penalty:

      • Sep 27 2011

        Hey Jean-Philippe! Thanks a bunch for the link to that site. It’s an excellent site for death penalty info. And I will absolutely be a frequent visitor to your site…. 🙂

  3. Sep 24 2011

    I rarely watch the news; either my local news or the national news. It’s not that I avoid it, it’s just that at the times the news is on, I’m usually doing something else. But, being that I am tending to a very sick kitten, I’ve been in the vicinity of a television, and I heard about this execution. I also bought a newspaper today, just to have something to read during the kitten’s naps. So I read about the execution as well. Honestly, it has made me re-think my position regarding the death penalty. And even feel a bit of shame about my thoughts on it over the years. But then, there are those cases where my true feelings are that a person does not deserve to live after what they’ve done. I can’t change how I feel about that. Two local cases especially formed my opinions. One case was the Diane Downs case, back in the late 80s. Oregon had outlawed the DP before she shot her children. After her trial, and her sentencing of Life + 50, the next time the DP came up in Oregon elections, I voted for it. Enough people voted for it that it was re-instated.

    Several years later, a horrible thing happened to the children of a very good friend of mine. She had 4 girls. Three of them were kidnapped by a former brother-in-law of hers. By the time the Oregon State Police found out where he lived, and found out that he was a child molester (by the way, my friend was never informed of this by extended family, because it was “embarrassing, shameful…”) he had raped all 3 of them. One of the little girls, of whom I was especially close to, would have turned 6 years old the very next day. And I apologize for what is about to come, because it is graphic, but it is what this monster did to a little girl. In front of her sisters, after raping them, he took Nicole to the kitchen sink. Holding her over the sink, he stabbed her thru the heart with a kitchen knife. He then turned her over, and stabbed her in the back. He then put a dog choke-chain around her neck, strangling her. Then he put her in a black plastic trash bag and put her body in the attic. How did the police know all of this (besides the obvious)? Well, because the oldest of the other 2 girls saw it all, and told them.

    That monster, in my eyes, does not deserve to live. He had a trial, and WAS sentenced to death. However, years later, his sentenced was changed to LWOP. Ok, so he will still be locked away for life. But I can’t change my feelings that he deserves to die. Would I want to be the one to “pull the switch?” No. So, I now have mixed feelings about the DP. It’s a shame what happened to Troy Davis. And the ONLY way to ensure it never happens again would be to abolish the DP.

    • Sep 26 2011

      Dear Kitt; I just finished and threw up. You know I have always touted that I am against DP and in Canada that’s the law, but having read your story, that man should have had a public castratation and hanging. That’s just too terrible to think that her sister will have to live with that memory. I’m sure you are more than full of rage so having said this, I would definately vote for death in a public formum for that deadly and sickening crime. I don’t care that he would be declared a mental deviate, all the same it was a DEVIL at work. omg. I hate what he did so much.

    • Sep 27 2011

      Hi my dear, Kitt.

      I completely agree that a person like this monster doesn’t deserve to live, or have been born, for that matter. What I struggle with is – even as much as I would like for this man to go away, I do not think it is right for a government to have the power to extinguish a life.

      To think that one state would commute this animal’s death sentence, whose crime was worse than the worst nightmare imaginable, and yet Georgia votes to deny Troy Davis??? Clearly our laws are not applied evenly across the country.

      It was so difficult to read your post; but it is very necessary to understand the evil in our world. And that is pure evil. It doesn’t come any worse than that.

      I hope the family is healing, if that’s even possible. I can’t imagine the misery they live with, Kitt. I am at a loss for words at this chilling, and evil story.
      Sending loving and healing thoughts….

  4. Sep 25 2011

    I’m not sure where to post this but the Blog Talk Radio will be on the death penalty~–death-penalty
    Hopefully, there will be talk on it this time.

    • Sep 27 2011

      Thank you, Sherry! I missed it, unfortunately. Franky, all the writing I’ve been doing about death and the death penalty is so darn depressing that I may have to write poetry for a while….But I do want to check it out and am glad they are talking about it.


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