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The Fight for Troy Davis Does Not End Tonight

September 21, 2011

UPDATE: Let it never be forgotten that on September 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm the state of Georgia murdered an innocent Black man in cold blood. This heinous crime must signal the final throes of the United States’ machinery of death. No one’s faith in this unjust system can be left unchallenged after this atrocity, committed so shamelessly by the racist murderers who run the criminal justice system in this country. Tonight the world watched a 21st century lynching in Georgia, where strange fruit still hangs from the poplar trees. The struggle continues!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           TROY DAVIS, PRESENTE!

Published at Common Dreams.

In just a few hours, if the state of Georgia has its way, Troy Davis will be dead.

Despite glaring doubt, extraordinary evidence of his innocence, and the support of millions worldwide calling for a halt to the execution, the state of Georgia is prepared to take the life of an innocent man at 7 p.m. in what can only be described as state-sponsored murder.

Troy, a 42 year-old Black man from Savannah, Georgia, has been on death row since his 1991 conviction for the killing of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. But his crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Racism and classism runs through nearly every aspect of Troy’s case. His crime was being the wrong color, from the wrong social class, and having the wrong amount of resources to afford adequate legal counsel.

Twenty years later, the state of Georgia is poised to commit the ultimate crime – it is preparing the gurney and the poison chemicals and making way for what can only be called a modern-day lynching.   Read the rest of this entry