Rep. John Lewis (R-Ga.) tweeted about soon-to-be executed inmate Troy Davis on Wednesday. ”Today, we are all Troy Anthony Davis. Tonight, a little piece of all of us will die,” Lewis tweeted. The State of Georgia administered to Davis a lethal injection at 10:55 PM and Davis died at 11:08 PM on September 22, 2011 Wednesday for the 1989 murder of Savannah, Georgia, Police officer Mark McPhail.
I have listened to case for several years and there are many that question our judicial system and the physical evidence? Both families have suffered a huge loss. As American people we all suffer when innocent people are locked up for a crime they did not commit. The family is put in the awkward position to defend themselves when seeking justice and the accused wrongly convicted for a crime they did not commit spends their entire life fighting for their innocence. The America judicial system needs a major overhaul. Roland Martin made a valid comment last night when he said “most folks want out of jury duty when we are ask to serve, we should serve instead of running away from being a servant for our court system.
The Troy Anthony Davis story does not end with his execution. Perhaps this will open all of our eyes and push all American people to become advocates, to voice our concerns, to stand together to change the judicial system by writing our local congressmen and congresswomen. Often times most folks join the fight when the battle becomes mainstream news, we watch in silence as someone is fighting injustices and only comment when the individual has lost their battle. American people have a civic responsibility to open their mouth, to communicate to their local civil servants and to openly advocate and contribute to bring about change in their own communities.
No one man or woman can fight a alone when bringing about change….it takes a village and country to stand together. Let Troy Anthony Davis execution be an example of what can happen if you don’t support your country. When you talk against the America in which you live, when you curse your current president that is attempting to bring about change, when you allow the Republican party to high jack our government and not hold them accountable, when we allow tea party folks to operate like the KKK and not comment, when we constantly walk pass a youth in the street going astray, when we allow racism and stereotypes to keep us from bridging the gaps.
May Troy Anthony Davis soul rest in peace. The folks that stepped forward has spoken up 19 years to late, the jurors and witnesses remain silent for to long and at the end their voices were not heard by the highest court of the land. Let this be an example of when we remain silent, it helps no one!
On September 10, 2011 Troy Davis penned a letter:
I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.
As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail.
I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist.
So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. 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. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.
I can’t wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,
“I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!”
Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!