I’m both saddened and worried. Schwarzenegger denied clemency for Stanley Tookie Williams, the founder of the Crips, convicted murderer, multi-time nobel peace prize nominee and staunch proponant against gangs and gang violence. He’s scheduled to be killed by lethal injection at 12:01am tonight. You can read the basics here:
There is a lot that can be said about this case, but given that I’ve also been following the continued FEMA incompetence in regards to Hurrican Katrina and the criminally incompetent treatment of economically-disadvantaged African-Americans (they’re being kicked out of emergency hotel housing this week), and the recent unemployment riots in France and their relationship to our own unemployment figures for disadvantaged minorities, I’m very worried about race and economics. I’m very worried about how poorly our society is dealing with these issues, and how we are fooling ourselves into believing that they aren’t issues when these three very high-profile happenings clearly show that they are highly problematic. And finally, I’m remembering the riots that have followed the outcomes of other major events (Watts, Rodney King, France, etc.), and I’m wondering if a 12:01am execution time is going to stop the outrage that is only partially about the killing of one man, and a lot more about the violences that our society legally perpetrates every day on economically disadvantaged minorities.
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