Today marks four years since the state of Georgia wrongfully executed Troy Davis, an innocent man.
When Georgia committed that shameful act, it exposed so much of the violence of our broken criminal justice system. Since Troy’s killing, we have seen far too many other state-killings, including Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Akai Gurley.
The day before Troy was killed, he offered these words: “The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davis’s who came before me and all the ones who will come after me.”
The struggle–for true justice and equality in the United States–has only grown as it has become clearer than ever: inequality and racial injustice are embedded into every aspect of our society. This inequality and injustice is revealed in the application of the death penalty, our policy of mass incarceration, endemic police brutality, disproportionate school discipline, and all other forms of state-violence.
I hope we will all commit, re-commit, and continue to commit to taking part in the struggle for true justice and equality and against all forms of racism and state/structural violence.
And, I hope you will join me in fulfilling one of Troy’s dreams: guaranteeing the education of his beloved nephew, De’Jaun Davis-Correia. De’Jaun has just started his junior year at Morehouse College. You can contribute here to his education, in memory and honor of his uncle Troy.
Another way to contribute to De’Jaun’s education: send me a bid (via Comments) on this beautiful commemoration art-board, created by former Texas death row prisoner Kenneth Foster. The auction will end tonight at 11:08pm EST, the precise time of Troy’s death from lethal injection. Proceeds from the auction will be split between De’Jaun’s education and Kenneth and his family. So far, the highest bid is $275!
And, for those who want more information about Troy and his family’s ongoing fight, please consider purchasing the book that I had the honor to co-author with Troy and his sister Martina Davis-Correia: I Am Troy Davis.