Thursday, December 01, 2005

Free Tookie vs Fry Tookie

A cell-phone call from convicted killer-turned-gang peace activist Stanley Tookie Williams interrupted a Los Angeles rally on his behalf attended by actor Jamie Foxx, rapper Snoop Dogg and dozens of students..."I'd like to thank all you youngsters," Williams said. "I am honored, truly honored, and regardless of what happens to me, whether I am alive or executed, I know you all will remember me."

Foxx gave the phone back and turned to the crowd.

"If that don't move you, I don't know what it takes," the Oscar-winning actor said.

The event at the downtown library was one of several held around the state Wednesday to urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare Williams. The co-founder of the Crips street gang was convicted of murdering four people in 1979.

Link to Seattle P-I article

Tim: Um, Mr. Foxx? What it would take to move me would be for the man we're talking about to be anyone but a felon convicted of murdering four in cold blood--a man who founded the Crips, who ruled L.A. so violently the Bloods rose to defend themselves from the Crips and in doing so started a gang war that claimed tens of thousands of young men. A man who has never apologized for the murders. A man who think writing a few children's books asking kiddies not to join the gang he's never officially left makes him a hero.

Oh, and another nice one: "We're all remaining optimistic, we're all remaining prayerful," said Bonnie Williams-Taylor, Williams' ex-wife and mother of one of his sons. She said her ex-husband was convicted to be a "fall guy" for out-of-control gang violence. Um...a "fall guy" for gang violence? I'm pretty sure that as the leader of a gang, he isn't so much a fall guy as the man responsible. Fall guy? Come on. That's like if Timothy McVeigh were to claim "I'm just the fall guy for all the death of all the people I murdered."

Pat: You have to look beyond revenge to what he's doing now. I don't doubt he's a murderer. He might still be slime, but even if he's only doing good things to keep his ass alive, he's still doing good things. Grant him a stay, but leave him on death row. Let him do good things.

Tim: The death penalty here is the law. It's what the court asked for. Nowhere in the law is "...unless he's a nice guy" written. I'm sure the people he killed were nice guys too. And yet he didn't grant any of them clemency, now did he?

Pat: You're still thinking revenge. Will killing him save anyone's life? Or will letting him speak against gangs and prove redemption is possible save lives?

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