Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied Troy Davis a stay and he was executed at 11:08 pm. We may have lost this battle, but let us continue the war on the death penalty and the prison industrial complex:
1) “Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal’s deed, however calculated, can be compared. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date on which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not to be encountered in private life.” – Albert Camus’ “Reflections on the Guillotine.” (Especially when they test death row inmates beforehand to make sure they are healthy enough to kill…)
3) Ohio State Research claimed in a study that “states that sentence the most criminals to death also tend to be the states that had the most lynchings in the past…” Researcher David Jacobs said that the death penalty has become a legal replacement for it. Here is more information on racial bias in court cases.
4) If you know very little on the subject of the death penalty, the prison industrial complex and social biases, try reading these:
Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2010.
Butler, Anne, and C. Murray Henderson. Angola: Louisiana State Penitentiary, a half-century of rage and reform. Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1990.
Curtin, Mary Ellen. Black prisoners and their world, Alabama, 1865-1900. University of Virginia Press, 2000.
Davis, Angela Yvonne. Angela Davis—an autobiography. Random House, 1974.
———. Are prisons obsolete? Seven Stories Press, 2003.
Jackson, George. Blood in my eye. Black Classic Press, 1990.
———.Soledad brother: the prison letters of George Jackson. Bantam Books, 1972.
James, Joy. Resisting state violence: radicalism, gender, and race in U.S. culture. U of Minnesota Press, 1996.
Lichtenstein, Alex. Twice the work of free labor: the political economy of convict labor in the New South. Verso, 1996.
Oshinsky, David M. Worse Than Slavery. Simon and Schuster, 1997.
Shakur, Assata. Assata: an autobiography. Zed Books, 1987.
Wells, Ida B. Southern Horrors. 1892. <http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14975/14975-h/14975-h.htm>