Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Stanley Tookie Williams, Crips Gang Co-Founder, Is Executed - New York Times
Stanley Tookie Williams, Crips Gang Co-Founder, Is Executed - New York Times

I know his victims suffered. I know his victim's families suffer still.

I don't know all of the details of his life, only God knows the entire story.

However, let me be clear here: I don't see who was served by having the State of California murder Mr. Williams by lethal injection.

I doubt the ability of any state with any prosecuting attorney to choose with justice who should be murdered by the state authority.

I detest being part of a nation which participates in capital punishment.

Because I am an American, Mr. Williams' blood is on my hands.

I weep with his victims and their families.
I weep for Mr. Williams being victimized by the State.
No one is served except those whose sense of justice is blood lust.
History shows that blood lust helps no one.

St. Casserole


Susan Rose, CSJP said...

I'm weeping there with you.

What is the saying? An eye for an eye and we'll all be blind?

Songbird said...

What troubles me is that I understand the desire for vengeance. I don't feel it in this case; how does it help things to kill this man who clearly underwent a transformation? But I must confess that when I contemplate Scott Peterson, I have to remind myself that I object to the death penalty on principle.
In other words, I think it's a lie to say that we use it as a deterrent. We use it for revenge. And that is wrong.

Susie said...

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." - Mahatma Ghandi

cheesehead said...

What songbird said. I used to drive by San Quentin to go just about anywhere. I hated that place. It was an embarrasment to have it in my backyard.

Shiner said...

My sentiments exactly.
There is no room in humanity for an eye for an eye.

Caroline said...

The articles about it are appauling. Apparently, they say the couldn't get the needle in due to the large muscles in his arms. He was heard asking if they knew how to get it right.

Pure horror.

I lived in South Central L.A. for 3 years after college doing urban missions there. The crips were a present reality in our neighborhood. They helped baby-sit their younger brothers and sisters. They made sure I made it back to my door when it was late. Also, they killed because it is all that they know.

Explain why murder is o.k. for Tookie to die from, he just can't commit it. Violence is what they live and die for. This helps nothing.

Lorna said...

I'm sorry for your loss.
so sorry

and I'm glad we don't have the death penalty here in western europe.