Ok. I wasn’t going to blog about this. I swear I wasn’t. But what can I say? My mouth and fingers often have minds of their own. No worries. The jump off blog is next, I swear.
The thing is, what bothers me almost as much as Troy Davis’ eventual execution is how we as a people responded to it. First, we have this idea in our head that if we didn’t protest about this in 1991, why say anything now? Um, how about this is a new generation? How about it’s been swept under the rug? How about because it’s the right thing to do? In my head, that’s how a lot of good revolutions never came to be. Everyone has a set idea of how a revolution starts.
And by the way, Twitter and Facebook are great places to start the revolution. Have we forgotten the protest from the Middle East that quickly?
Secondly, I think the idea of “this is how it’s always been” is heartbreaking. So, because that’s “what has always happened” we shouldn’t say anything? We should continue to let it go on? The only thing worst than a person who does wrong is a person who let’s wrong be done in front of them.
Finally, the main reason why this is bothering me is because it’s a distraction. While we fuss about Troy (and rightfully so), Republicans are changing the rules around the nation to effect the next election. The main thing that’s being changed are how districts are divided, giving more power to majority “red” districts while taking away votes and power from “blue” districts. While we fuss, Palestine is fighting to become a recognized state by the U.N. (if you’re super anti-Muslim, you are shitting your pants right now).
But when it boils down to it, the reality is, a black man will probably be put to death tomorrow, our government is bullying the little guy, and our “frienemy” country is on some “frienemy” type moves right now. While we as a people shuffle our feet and fiddle while things crumble around us.
God bless America, man. *salute*