Church glimpsed through Spanish moss, Savannah, Ga.
Update: The US Supreme Court issued a stay of execution 90 minutes before Davis was due to die. Read more here.
I've been so preoccupied with the presidential election, I didn't know about this, until my friend Rethabile emailed me today. But being late to learn about Troy Davis's fate doesn't make my sense of outrage and dismay any less.
In the United States, all too often, people - black and white - have been wrongly convicted of crimes because of tainted evidence. So the planned execution in Georgia today seems particularly reprehensible, in lieu of actual evidence and a Georgia Supreme Court justice's dissent.
Rethabile asked me to write an American sentence (17 syllables) about Troy Davis's pending death. Here are two:
Another black man in the South faces death within a flawed system.
Would they be so quick to execute, if the accused black man were white?
I grew up in the American South, where racial prejudice was rife. Civil Rights activist Morris Dees is my hero. I once worked for Amnesty International's National Campaign Office in San Francisco. And I oppose capital punishment. It is my belief that no man has the right to say who lives or dies.
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