Thursday, November 03, 2005

Life or Death

Before I met Stanley "Tookie" Williams, a condemned prisoner on San Quentin State Prison's deathrow awaiting evacuation, I read a couple of his children's books on anti-gang violence. Then I read about his being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on his series of children's books.

A couple of years ago, while I was waiting in ths cage in San Quentin's deathrow visitng area, Stanley Williams was standing next to me in the adjacent cage. Bespectacled with a snow white beard and balding, there was no trace of a 17-year-old ruthless teenager who co-founded the Crips gang in Los Angeles. I introduced myself to him and applauded his books to stop gang violence.

On December 13th, Stanley Williams is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in San Quentin Prison's killing chamber for his convicted murders. Only the governor can give him life.

It's easier to take a life than to save a life. If Williams can save children's lives from deathrow, why not spare his life? If the governor grants Williams clemency, he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Blogger Right Wing Nut said...

You are right that Stanley Williams can save children's lives from death row, but that is not the path he chooses to follow. Instead of cooperating with authorities and providing information and intelligence on gangs, he chooses to sit silent.

You are also wrong. It is easier to save a life, than to take one. Most Americans are caring and compassionate people who extend a helping hand whenever the situation demands. Just look at the response to the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. People opening up their pocketbooks and donating millions for unknown strangers -- and saving lives.

If it was so easy to take a life -- even that of a convicted multiple murderer - Mr. Williams would have been executed many years ago.

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Blogger Kamiya said...

I agree with Mr Eddy. I believe I understand what you mean when you say, "It is easier to kill than to save." Sometimes when we want to spare someone, there is this huge obstacle that looms overhead, something that we call, the Law. A young Australian man was put to death recently in my country for trafficking drugs. Because the folks who have power believe that capital punishment is the correct choice to make, and these are the same people who could have granted him amnesty, who ultimately didn't, because of the thing we call, the Law. I believe justice does not end with a conviction. I believe justice can only begin with compassion.

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