America got a thing for this
gangsta death sh*t.
Troy Davis, a Georgia man who was convicted of killing a police officer in Savannah in 1991, is scheduled to be executed at 7:00 pm tonight after various advocates have exhausted most of the legal attempts of calling off his death by the state of Georgia. Many of the witnesses in his trial are now and have been recanting their statements for some time and every effort for a new trial has also been exhausted. The state of Georgia has made up its mind and barring something new happening Davis’s fate is sealed.
A few weeks ago the crowd reaction at a Republican presidential debate when Texas Governor Rick Perry proudly stated how he felt secure about his states usage of the death penalty was similar to that of a last second touchdown to win a championship game. The crowd, who was obviously pro-death penalty, cheered their gluts off at the thought of executing criminals. The same crowd would probably identify themselves Christians also.[i]
Hold on a second, I need to be honest for a moment. Although I have many issues with the death penalty I have to admit that I see a place for it in certain cases. I can’t resolve how I feel with the rest of my beliefs but that’s how I see things. Compartmentalization aside, America’s usage of the death penalty bothers me.
Back to the GOP debate and the crowd’s cheering of Rick Perry’s comments. When I saw that I got an image of a crowd in Dodge City standing outside of Marshall Dillon’s office wanting blood and vengeance at the end of a rope. After more thought it went beyond something from a TV western. To me it just appeared as cartoonish and blood thirsty.
Troy Davis and the crowd reaction at the GOP debates are just the latest examples of many of the American public’s feelings about the death penalty. I can’t give any statistics to support or refute anything I’ve said here but I know what I see and have heard throughout American history. Do Americans have an inherent thirst for vengeance on our terms? I admitted that I smirked when I found out about Osama Bin Laden’s death and was unrepentant about doing so. (Yes, that’s an indictment on my character.)[ii] We have many collective issues as a nation but this is a big one. First world mentalities with third world actions make for large-scale acts of hypocrisy. Underneath it all are we [Americans] just another blood thirsty mob? What do you think?
Vaya con Dios and pray for Troy Davis.
[i] Old Testament Christians but Christians none the less. They will gladly turn you into salt but they would probably not stop to help you out on that treacherous stretch of road between Jerusalem and Jericho.
[ii] No, I’m not comparing Mr. Davis, guilty or innocent to UBL. My comparison is that of the vengeance.