"Our circle of care should be inclusive, broad, wide. I invite everyone here to widen your circle of care and concern. Have the same care for others that you have for yourself...King and Gandhi didn’t need to wait for certain power, they didn’t need to wait for special titles. These leaders were restless in enlarging their circle of care.”
Listen up. One person The Daddy admires very much is Cynthia Tucker, the Pulitzer prize winning columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Like U.S. mail, Tucker delivers.Whether it's on the fights in the Martin Luther King family or the violent influence of hip hop culture, a Sistah kicks truth-- whether folks are ready to hear it or not.
Today, The Daddy is feeling her column on the Troy Davis case. Here's what she had to say today in the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
To be fair, review the Davis case
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Iraqis were outraged by the decision of a federal jury last month to spare the life of a U.S. soldier who was the ringleader of a group that gang-raped a 14-year-old Iraqi girl in her home and then murdered her parents and 6-year-old sister to cover up the crime. You need not be a fan of the death penalty — and I’m not — to question the sentence. If there is to be a death penalty, doesn’t such a crime demand it?
But even jurors’ unanimity does not guarantee justice. The death penalty is arbitrary and capricious, subject to common prejudices and casual errors, influenced by race and class, gender and geography. Those are among the reasons that the U.S. Supreme Court should give Troy Davis, sentenced to death for the August 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail, the chance to be heard in federal court.
Since the trial, several key witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony, claiming they were pressured by the police to implicate Davis or intimidated by another man who may be guilty of the crime. Most chilling is the recollection of Tonya Johnson, who says she didn’t tell police all she knew back then. She now says that she saw a man running from the direction of the shooting that night and that she saw him hide two guns behind the screen door of an abandoned apartment next door.
According to Davis’ attorneys, that man was Nathaniel Sylvester Coles, a small-time thug whom they believe Johnson feared too much to tell the truth. It was Coles who first fingered Davis, coolly strolling into a police station hours after the murder, accompanied by a lawyer, to identify Davis as the shooter. And it was atop that dubious testimony that police mounted their case.For the full story, check: http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/tucker/stories/2009/06/07/tucked_0607.html