Admittedly, I don’t ask this question gently. I am outraged. Today in Georgia, Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed for a murder that many, including Jimmy Carter, are convinced he never committed. How is it possible that the United States, land of the free, is the world’s highest jailer? How is it possible that black men are 5 times as likely to be incarcerated than men of other races, and that 6 out of 10 black men who drop out of high school will spend some time in prison by the time they reach their mid-thirties? How can we continue to throw away precious lives? The prison industrial complex must be reformed. The educational system must be reformed. Our society must be reformed. I literally weep for Troy Davis and for our collective brokenness.
How can this be?
Posted on September 21, 2011