R.I.P. Troy Davis

In 1989 Troy Anthony Davis was convicted of the murdering off duty police officer Mark MacPhail in the state of George. However, there was no murder weapon, blood or DNA found to link him to the case. Since the case 7 of the 9 witnesses have recanted thier statements and actually place another shooter at the incident.  Troy was sentenced to death row and is scheduled to be executed, September 21, 2011.

Given these facts many people  many people believe that Troy is innocent including former President Jimmy Carter, Al Sharpton, Pope Benedict XVI, Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, presidential candidate Bob Barr and former FBI Director and judge William S. Sessions. Outside the jail there were rallies and protest, protesting the death of Troy Davis. The Troy Davis case went viral and was all the news outlets. It was covered on major news networks such as CNN, MSNBC, and MSN. The Troy Davis case became a trending topic on Twitter and people were asking the question “Who is Troy Davis?” Troy Davis’ case was sent to the United States Supreme Court for a last second appeal. The Supreme Court took over two hour to deliver a verdict but decided they wouldn’t take the case. In the end Troy Davis was executed and many believe the life of an innocent man was taken.

In a way, the Troy Davis case and the rallies and protest that took are somewhat similar to Monore’s four stages. The first stage is liberalism. As Monore describes liberalism is the status quo: a stalemate. In Monore’s liberalism there are underrepresented actors being excluded. If we look at the Troy Davis case many people believe it was race filled case. It happened in 1989, in Savannah, Georgia where a black man allegedly killed a white man. So the excluded people would be the black people and they would be excluded from the right to fair trial. Next would be the stage two where people start to mobilize in attempts to change the status quo. In the Troy Davis case we see this when people all over the country start to protest and rally. People started to tweet, use Facebook and other forms of social media to mobilize and change the status quo. Unfortunately stage two was as far as the Troy Davis case went. No new institutions were formed.  Just return to the status quo. Which makes you wonder…

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Langstin Hughes

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3 Responses to R.I.P. Troy Davis

  1. stephmfarr says:

    I think this post does a good job of relating the Davis case to Morone’s unachievable democratic wish. I have already noticed the decline in news coverage of Davis’ story now that the execution has occurred, and it seems very likely that little will be done to ensure this does not happen again. I agree that the Davis case appears to be another failure in the democratic wish, in which a call to the people incites protest and action, but little real consensus or greater good occurs. As pointed out in the post, there were no institutions created, but perhaps that is even a greater demonstration of how seriously the cycle failed. This post did well to relate the class readings to a current event.

  2. chrisjay44 says:

    More Than 1,000 People Attend Troy Davis Funeral Service

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/01/troy-davis-funeral_n_990405.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

  3. emmasag says:

    Chris I think this is a great blog post relating Monroe’s four stages to the case of Troy Davis. But I would argue that stage three might be employed in this case. This case roused broad international attention, especially in a very short time frame (compared to the number of years that he served in jail prior). It would come as no surprise to me if the case of Troy Davis becomes a landmark case in any future death penalty legality debates.
    In fact I believe that through this, institutions will be established (directly or indirectly) as a result.

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