Before Ferguson and Michael Brown – There was Troy Davis

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Before Ferguson and Michael Brown; there was Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin. Each time one of these cases hit the news, the concerned masses couldn’t help but have a slanted view of what it means to be a black man and stay safe in America once the verdicts were released.

Ironically, I wrote this piece on Troy Davis over three years ago. It was a week after his execution. His name had begun to fade from the news and the whisper of his name was also fading from social media. At that time I posed a few questions.  Sadly enough, over 3 years later – the same questions and concerns are still valid.

HERE WERE MY QUESTIONS:

What has changed?

How has this death changed us?

And once our screams become a whisper, what can we do to see that this never happens again?

Lesley McSpadden, mother of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown, is comforted by attorney Benjamin L. Crump (R) after being overcome with emotion during a press conference. Photo used courtesy of: stlouis.cbslocal.com

Lesley McSpadden, mother of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown, is comforted by attorney Benjamin L. Crump (R) after being overcome with emotion during a press conference. Photo used courtesy of: stlouis.cbslocal.com

Michael Brown and his family have lived in our hearts in our news feeds for months now, but the real question is what happens once the cameras are gone. Will there be a shift in the mentality or is this yet another fly by night cause that none of us will remember in a year?

How do you really change the hearts of men and how long does it take? Looking from the Troy Davis story to our current state of affairs tells me that it will take way longer than three years.

Check out my Troy Davis story from September, 2011 below entitled: “Where is Troy Davis?”

 A week ago today, the news and all forms of social media flocked to the Troy Davis Story.  No one could ignore the Troy Davis plight.  You couldn’t when people such as Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, Desmund TuTu, Pope Benedict XVI and Amnesty International spoke out in opposition to this execution.

Russell Simmons, Big Boi and a petition with signed with 663, 000 names even urged a stay.  The screams of the Troy Davis injustice were heard around the world.

Here we are a week later and where is Troy Davis?  Have our screams been reduced to a whisper?

We must ask ourselves what has changed.  How has his death changed us?  What have we done to see that this never happens again?

Troy Davis may be gone, but it is up to us to see that we stay on the Georgia legislature to encourage a bill allowing their governor to commute an inmate’s sentence.  We must inspect the laws and vote for those who share our ideals.

Our vote is our voice.  We must educate ourselves and cast informed votes.

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