Troy Davis’s death penalty is brining hot button issues to the surface

The following article is from The Nation at

On September 21 at 7 p.m., Troy Davis, 42, will meet his death by lethal injection.

Since 1989, Davis has been on death row for the murder of a police officer in Savannah.

While the case seems clear and simple, it has gained national attention. Davis has avoided the death penalty four times because of the lack of physical evidence linking him to the crime. Additionally, past witnesses have recanted their statements. Both witnesses and Davis’s family have pled for the pardons board of Georgia to spare his life.

The case gets more controversial in that Davis, a black man, was convicted of killing a white police officer. The race card is legitimate one to play considering that the crime occurred in a Southern area with a racist history.

Congressman John Lewis believes race is the most crucial component in this case.

The death penalty of Troy Davis has made way for incredibly intense issues to come to the forefront of daily life. Both the death penalty and racism are involved with this case.

As time progresses, the death penalty, according to statistics, is becoming more and more intolerable. States notorious for lethally injecting death row inmates have decided to stop. Voters are now stating that they may be more inclined to vote for a candidate that does not support the death penalty.

The issue of racism in this case just ads fuel to this already burning fire. The two issues are hot button ones that result in much debate and emotions. Troy Davis may meet his death tomorrow, and for all we know, he could be innocent. Davis’s case has encouraged all of America to really think about the value of a human life and the characteristics in which people judge it with.


One Comment on “Troy Davis’s death penalty is brining hot button issues to the surface”

  1. carrendale says:

    I agree with your contention that racism is a huge part of this case. I think that regardless of whether he is lethally injected today or not, no one can deny the simple fact that if Davis was white and from New York, we would not be having this conversation. This case should be seen as a wake up call to how primitive not the United States court system is, but how primitive some people in our nation still are. It’s a sad reality that cases like Davis’ exist, but it is through these cases that we should learn. We can’t let Davis die in vain.

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