29 9 / 2011

theafrosistuh:

lowendtheory:

abaldwin360:

ATLANTA, Sept. 26, 2011, 4 p.m. - President Obama candidly Friday took a little time to explain how he tried to save Troy Davis and why he did not say anything about his controversial execution, two sources told Redding News Review.

Obama’s White House spent “three days” looking at how it could legally get involved in the case on a federal level, one source said. The Obama administration even called the state of Georgia about getting involved and were told “No”. (Updated on Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. ET - The source said the president never called and was only concerned about an injustice, as he would do for any American).

“‘We looked at every possible avenue legally,’” the source reported Obama said. “‘There was not one there.’”

“‘It was a state case and I could not intervene because it wasn’t federal,’” another source reported Obama said.

The two sources told Redding News Review that Obama talked about Davis, during a private lunch meeting of about 10 select black broadcasters.

Obama said the only reason why he spoke about Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates’ case, was because he was asked by a reporter, Obama told one source.

What’s more, Obama also said that the only reason why his administration spoke out about an illegal immigrant’s case, Humberto Leal Garcia Jr., in July was because it was an international issue, where his rights were violated.

Sure, the president could have simply spoken out about Davis, the source said, but it would not have done anything.

“‘I don’t want to make this man’s death political for me,’” Obama told the source.

“Sure, the president could have simply spoken out about Davis, the source said, but it would not have done anything.”

If this story is true, it is a fucking pathetic sham.  It wouldn’t have done anything legally, but it would have conferred a sense of legitimacy at a crucial and decisive political moment from a person who, in addition to having a doctorate in godforsaken jurisprudence, happens to have also been a professor of law and happens—oh yeah—to be the fucking President of the United States.  

There is nothing reassuring for me in the knowledge that the President was working behind the scenes in search of a way to intervene legally in the execution of Troy Davis.  In fact, it makes his silence even more revolting.  What matters, of course, is that we’re learning this after the fact.  We’re learning that one of the least helpless people in the entire world is claiming that he was helpless.  And this should tell us something about President Obama’s very philosophy of what it means to be president, of what it means to occupy the seat of power responsibly, about what it means to do politics.

But should we really be surprised?  There is nothing in his silence in the face of the state-sanctioned murder of a man convicted of a crime he likely didn’t commit that is inconsistent with much that President Obama has done since he’s been in office.  He has, after all, continued wars that and drone strikes that have killed an estimated 132,000 civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq.  What stretch of the imagination would allow us expect him to interrupt the war at home?  He is pro-death penalty, even in spite of having been Senator of a state that had to declare a moratorium on it after learning of a series of wrongful convictions. 

What is remarkable about Obama is not that he is silent in the face of injustice.  What is remarkable, rather, is that people on the left continue to expect that he will behave otherwise.  He’s not the helpless good guy who just doesn’t quite have the power to do what he really wants right now.  He’s the imperialist who works extremely hard to project the fact that, in private, or deep in his heart, he knows better.  That’s the image that articles like this seek to create, and that is precisely what makes his political behavior and choices all the more incorrigible.  

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I Bolded that shit!!! Thank you for giving words to my thoughts!!! Thank you!

I don’t understand how speaking on it would have been a problem though. If you just come out and said “I tried to do everything I could but there was nothing that could be done” how that makes it political. I mean I already knew there was nothing he could do but this is kinda strange. I understand he has to be careful with everything he does but he’s TOO careful at times.

(Source: reddingnewsreview.com, via etherealxxeyes)

26 9 / 2011

madamethursday:

[Image: A very old, grainy black and white mug shot photograph of Lena Baker, a black woman wearing glasses and a headscarf, holding a numbered plate up.]
unapproachableblackchicks:

Meet LENA BAKER. A poor Black woman from Culbreath Georgia who’s claim to fame was being the first and only woman to be executed in the state of Georgia by electric chair in 1945. Her crime? Defending herself against the advances of an abusive white employer, who was going to kill her, if she didn’t kill him first. Lena Baker’s story has been largely ignored by the history books, but it speaks to the historical injustice that Blacks have endured and are still enduring today at the hands of the “justice” system. I keep her spirit in my heart as we await the outcome of this Troy Davis fiasco … hoping that just for once, history doesn’t repeat itself. - CB

“What I done, I did in self-defense, or I would have been killed myself. Where I was I could not overcome it. God has forgiven me. I have nothing against anyone. I picked cotton for Mr. Pritchett, and he has been good to me. I am ready to go. I am one in the number. I am ready to meet my God. I have a very strong conscience.”

madamethursday:

[Image: A very old, grainy black and white mug shot photograph of Lena Baker, a black woman wearing glasses and a headscarf, holding a numbered plate up.]

unapproachableblackchicks:

Meet LENA BAKER. A poor Black woman from Culbreath Georgia who’s claim to fame was being the first and only woman to be executed in the state of Georgia by electric chair in 1945. Her crime? Defending herself against the advances of an abusive white employer, who was going to kill her, if she didn’t kill him first. Lena Baker’s story has been largely ignored by the history books, but it speaks to the historical injustice that Blacks have endured and are still enduring today at the hands of the “justice” system. I keep her spirit in my heart as we await the outcome of this Troy Davis fiasco … hoping that just for once, history doesn’t repeat itself. - CB

“What I done, I did in self-defense, or I would have been killed myself. Where I was I could not overcome it. God has forgiven me. I have nothing against anyone. I picked cotton for Mr. Pritchett, and he has been good to me. I am ready to go. I am one in the number. I am ready to meet my God. I have a very strong conscience.”

(via dynastylnoire)

22 9 / 2011

poeticdeefect:

soulfulandtrue:

“Georgia has blood on it’s hands.”

Judge Mathis weighs in on the execution of Troy Davis.

Articulated as best as it could be… well done Judge Mathis… Well Done.

(via deezcandiedyamztho)

22 9 / 2011

dontwalkintime:

Can you?
Click through to commentary and links to more in depth discussions on the cases. There are more differences than just race here (though, it’s difficult to believe that it didn’t play SOME role). One is that the victim in the Davis case was a cop.  A lot of people have pointed out that “remorse” shown in a confession can get you an easier sentence (but are we then giving incentive to innocent people to plead guilty?), despite the fact that Crowe was in fact sentenced to execution after he pleaded guilty (and I’ve seen plenty of psycopaths plead guilty with little to no remorse).
The major facts here are one case had a boat-load of evidence, a guilty plea, and the accused lived. The other had no doubt-free evidence (beyond the later retracted witness statements), and the accused, who had still maintained innocence, was killed. If we’re going to use the death penalty (which I’m against anyway), we should at least be using it in a consistent manner. Which we truly are not.

dontwalkintime:

Can you?

Click through to commentary and links to more in depth discussions on the cases. There are more differences than just race here (though, it’s difficult to believe that it didn’t play SOME role). One is that the victim in the Davis case was a cop.  A lot of people have pointed out that “remorse” shown in a confession can get you an easier sentence (but are we then giving incentive to innocent people to plead guilty?), despite the fact that Crowe was in fact sentenced to execution after he pleaded guilty (and I’ve seen plenty of psycopaths plead guilty with little to no remorse).

The major facts here are one case had a boat-load of evidence, a guilty plea, and the accused lived. The other had no doubt-free evidence (beyond the later retracted witness statements), and the accused, who had still maintained innocence, was killed. If we’re going to use the death penalty (which I’m against anyway), we should at least be using it in a consistent manner. Which we truly are not.

(via bemorefoxxi)

21 9 / 2011

20 9 / 2011

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Grassroots International Rally to Stop the Execution of Troy Davis
Tuesday, September 20 ·  6:00pm -  8:30pm
Woodruff Park, 91 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA

I wish I could go.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Grassroots International Rally to Stop the Execution of Troy Davis

Tuesday, September 20 ·  6:00pm -  8:30pm

Woodruff Park, 91 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA

I wish I could go.

(via howtobeterrell)

15 9 / 2011

uhfrayedknot:

misterfelder:

Sign the petition. Free Troy Davis. There simply is not enough evidence. No murder weapon. All based on witnesses, 7 out of 9 which have since recanted their statements.

One of which has stated “If I knew what I know now, Troy Davis would not be on death row.”

Instead of endlessly reblogging posts that say “If you don’t reblog this post you want people to have cancer” and shit like that, this is actually relevant to the preservation of one man’s life.

Please, do your part.

You heard what Meron said!

(Source: michaelkaala)