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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Signs That You're an Idiot


[Tookie] Williams' anti-gang message is heeded by "gang bangers" because he "has walked the walk," said [Snoop] Dogg, who referred to Williams as the "Martin Luther King" of youth of color in tough Los Angeles neighborhoods.

Martin Luther King is rolling over in his grave... There is absolutely no way that Dr. King would appreciate this comparison. It's sad that Snoop is slanderig Dr. King by making such a reference.

Oh, and my take on the subject? Tookie should die. I haven't weighed in on the subject yet for two reasons:
  1. Kind of inappropriate to cheer for a guy's death
  2. I didn't think there'd even be the remotest possibility that the founder of the CRIPS (!!!!!) would receive such sympathy
I love this column in the New York Daily News by Stanley Crouch:
Stop blurring the lines
between maniac & martyr

Tonight in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to have a closed meeting with those trying to get Stanley (Tookie) Williams clemency and those in law enforcement who want Williams to meet his end on Tuesday.

Williams, who was sentenced to death after being found guilty of murdering four people in 1979, has the dubious honor of being one of the founders of the vicious street gang, the Crips.

Still, Williams is being held up as an example of redemption because he has supposedly turned his life around. He has written children's books that speak out against gang violence. But the actor and writer Joseph Phillips discovered that the highest selling children's book written by Williams has sold only 330 copies. Not exactly a universal audience. The murderer has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times. But almost anyone can nominate you. That does not prove universal acknowledgment of importance.

What does all of this mean? Little. When we see the NAACP, Jamie Foxx, Danny Glover and that paragon of public morality, Snoop Dogg, calling for Williams to receive clemency, one is sure that they have bought into the big con that has as its foundation the interconnectedness of the death penalty and race. The two elements have become so interwoven that some assume that if a black man is on Death Row it has something to do with bias and an unrepresentative jury pool. One of the men crying for Williams to get clemency cites the fact that he was tried by an all-white jury, none of whom were his peers. Does that mean that Williams should have had a jury of ruthless gang leaders? Williams, like all criminals, is a lawbreaker first and has an ethnic identity second.

The hard fact is that since 1980, street gangs have killed 10,000 people in Los Angeles, which is three times the number of black people lynched throughout the United States between 1877 and 1900, the highest tide of racial murder in the history of the nation.

Our commitment to redemption is fundamental to our civilization. But since the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, we have seen the same games run on the black community by the identical kinds of political hustlers who almost never met a criminal or a murderer who was not the real victim of society and should be forgiven all crimes, which, as in the Williams case, shouldn't even be discussed. Look to the bright side. Give the brother a break.

I wouldn't touch that kind of thinking with a garbage man's glove. Yesterday was the anniversary of Colin Ferguson's rampage on the Long Island Rail Road. Maybe he should come out of his mental fog and start writing children's books. Ferguson might join Williams in a nomination for the Nobel Prize and watch the chumps line up in support of clemency for his bloody acts. Who knows? Hope springs eternal.

I couldn't have said it any better...

Let's all hope that Tookie receives the justice he so richly deserves. May God have mercy on his soul (and don't forget that that is God's role, not ours).

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler