I listened to coverage of the Troy Davis cased on Democracy Now! and was at a complete loss for words when he was murdered by the state. Only the removal of Mumia Abu Jamal from death row brought about a visceral response of this intensity for me. I am strongly opposed to capital punishment and I have a notarized Declaration of Life. If I were ever killed in an act of violence, this document demands that the legal system not consider the death penalty as a means of punishment for my potential perpetrators. As a nation state among peers, the United States of America is far behind the times when it comes to addressing retributive justice.
His words still echo through the distance, two years past his death. Far away in Brazil I still remember that day. We still are all Troy Davis. Why? He has answered this question that fateful day:
There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe.”
May God bless his family and give them comfort on this day.
Maria Lucia Montes
"The generosity of the human spirit can overcome all adversity. Through compassion and caring, we can create hope." Nelson Mandela
When I remember Troy Davis, I reaffirm that the death penalty is a cop-out. Our society does not know what to do with those who have committed horrible deeds, those whose outlook on society is a bit different, those who mental capabilities are lacking support, those whose anger and phobic issues are out of control and those who fell through the cracks in the education system. Innocent people like Troy Davis get caught up and are accused in order for someone to be placated that “justice” was done. Our society needs to take a long, hard look at how we handle difficult children, difficult teens and difficult adults. There are more creative ways to address crime than to lock someone up and kill them.
I am a white woman but I am Troy Davis. Each of us, no matter our sex or race - is Troy Davis. We can best honor his memory by stepping up to the plate and speaking out against the institutionalized racism which impacts every citizen. We need to change some laws, like the stand your ground laws. We need to address the prison system issues. One step at a time, one issue at a time. And we are running out of time…