Barack Obama, Troy Davis and Martin Luther King

September 21, 2011 — 8 Comments

“Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
Pastoral scene of the gallant South,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
And the sudden smell of burning flesh!
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.”

For years we have been waiting to see the fruits of Barack Obama’s presidency, hoping this man was the embodiment of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream, that he would be a peacemaker, that he would show solidarity with the poor and persecuted - yet gradually we have come to see the Obama Tree as barren and useless.

But lately the Obama Tree has burst forth with fruit, a fruit born of political expediency – and it is a strange and bitter crop:

The legal lynching of Troy Davis

Lack of moral courage and political expediency means Obama has kept silent over the execution of Troy Davis

According to the Death Penalty Information Center Troy Davis will be bound to a gurney and a member of the execution team will position several heart monitors on Mr Davis’ skin. Two needles (one is a back-up) will then be inserted in his veins, probably in his arms. Long tubes will connect the needle through a hole in a cement block wall to several intravenous drips.

Then, at the warden’s signal, a curtain will be raised exposing Troy Davis to the witnesses in an adjoining room. Then, Mr Davis will be injected with sodium thiopental – an anesthetic, which will put him to sleep. Next will flow pavulon or pancuronium bromide, which will paralyze Mr Davis’ entire muscle system and stop his breathing. Finally, the flow of potassium chloride will stop his heart. Death will result from anesthetic overdose and respiratory and cardiac arrest while Troy Davis is unconscious.

Medical ethics preclude doctors from participating in executions. However, a doctor will certify Mr Davis is dead. This lack of medical participation can be problematic because often injections may be performed by inexperienced technicians or orderlies. If a member of the execution team injects the drugs into a muscle instead of a vein, or if the needle becomes clogged, extreme pain may result.

Update: Troy Davis’ last appeal was rejected and the lethal injection began at 10.53 pm. He died at 11.08 pm.

The last words of Troy Davis were reported as:

I’d like to address the MacPhail family. Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I’m not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent. The incident that happened that night is not my fault. I did not have a gun. All I can ask … is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth. I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight. For those about to take my life, God have mercy on your souls. And may God bless your souls

The crimes of Barack Obama

We may never know whether 22 years ago, as a young man, Troy Davis committed a murder, but as for President Obama his responsibility is clear:

He has supported the rebels as they lynched black men in Libya

He has lent his full support to Mahmoud Jibril, the rebel leader, who has approved the commission of genocide against the black Tawergha of Libya.

and

he has pursued a war, based on propaganda, which is killing civilians daily in Libya:

Highly disturbing video

And more:

Highly disturbing video

And babies? And babies – Highly disturbing video

We know what Martin Luther King would say about Obama’s wars and we also know what Martin Luther King, a true moral leader and a worthy winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said about capital punishment:

“that old law about “an eye for an eye” leaves everybody blind.

8 responses to Barack Obama, Troy Davis and Martin Luther King

  1. 

    Let us all hope that Obama will be a one term stooge and nothing worse will follow after? God have mercy on us.

    • 

      Something worse will follow if a republican gets the office in 2012. I think what some people fail to realize is that a politician is a politician. He/she’s not going to do everything he/she promises because it’s practically impossible. No president ever has, and no president ever will without upsetting half of the country he works for. At the end of the day, Obama is the President of the United States, not the president of black people, not the president of white People, not of the democratic party, and not of the republican party. No decision he makes can be based solely on his views, especially when the majority in this country are so backwards. I’m sure he would like to erase war, poverty, and racism and if all it took was a presidential mandate and his signature, it might have been done by now. Unfortunately, the system is what is broken. Until it changes, I would like to see more of Obama and presidents like him in the White House.

      Now to Troy Davis.. My anger at this situation could not be contained at first. I shouted and raved, beside myself with anger. How could this happen? What is wrong with the world when an obviously innocent man can be legally put to death? And then I thought about the President. Why didn’t he do anything?

      Yes, the president could have stepped in and saved this man. Should he have? I feel that it would have been a better ending to this very tragic story. But let’s face these facts. Troy Davis isn’t the only innocent man to be put to death this way. Many young men have been exonerated from their convictions, a great number of them on death row. Many of them could have been Troy Davis. Still more remain, innocent but facing the death penalty. But the media zoomed in on Troy Davis’ case like it was some kind of phenomenon that didn’t happen often in this country. How can a president, making life and death decisions on a daily basis, address this particular case and rush in and save one person? Furthermore, would he have be able to save the other wrongly accused men in this same manner every time? I think not. That is not to say that I would not have liked it if he had. But I understand that it was not feasible. Would have been wonderful, but terribly impractical. He is the President, not a civil rights leader and career humanitarian (though one can argue that all those should be synonymous). And if I don’t see him working on this flawed criminal justice system in the future, even I will have some issues with this president.

      On a side note, could it be that we are harder on Obama because he is black and we feel that he should be more sympathetic to our plight?

  2. 

    Yes President Obama should have put his political views to the side and spoke on this unjust and extremely racist act. But he didn’t so we must live with it, just like how we live Bush dumb, cynical plans and laws. Our President is moving towards the betterment of our Nation. I.E. tax the rich, unlike Bush.

  3. 

    All of this is negative propaganda… The election is coming up and there has been and will be all types of backlash that will materialize against our president. They (eager republicans & racist whites) want to reclaim what they feel is their natural right and that is privilege. The media have disrespected the Obama’s in so many ways that it is beyond belief. I have only seen our president demonstrate diligence and care in his approach. He remains calm, cool, and collected even when it appears the world is against him. I am not sure what goes on in the oval office or any other covert meetings, as it involves the president, but from what I have seen directly of him, and not heard through mass/public persuasion/propaganda, has been nothing but a man trying to do his best with what he has been given.

    I am not surprised that Troy Davis’ wrongful persecution has now become President Obama’s issue… why? Because Pres. Obama is of African decent. I am not sure what happened between the time the persecution was announced as a “stay” and the call from the supreme court to carry forward with it, but something happened that was bigger than this legal lynching. I wouldn’t be surprised if this has something to do with President Obama and the fact that they (whomever the powers at hand are) strategically staged this so that it would cause President Obama a further decline in popularity with his black followers.

  4. 
    Tom Truthteller September 23, 2011 at 10:55

    Why is is there always not more than just two selfish politicians who run for president in a country of 350 million people ? To win a presidency that never solves any problems but nourishes the careers of a small group of people on the expense of an entire country ?
    Whoever is or was in this office should be ashamed that they cannot even provide shelter and food for everybody in this country. Spending 1% of the cost of wars into local communities would build up the ghettos and projects, fight crime, boost the economy, provide work and educational opportunities and make people happier. But unfortunately this is not what the people want.

  5. 

    De la spécificité de la peine de mort aux Etats-Unis
    24 Septembre 2011 Par Serge ULESKI Troy Davis, 42 ans, condamné à mort en 1991, a été exécuté mercredi 21 septembre 2011 dans l’État de Géorgie en l’absence de preuves matérielles, près de 20 ans après les faits et alors que 7 témoins sur 9 se sont rétractés (1).

    http://sergeuleski.blogs.nouvelobs.com/archive/2011/09/23/de-la-specificite-de-la-peine-de-mort-aux-etats-unis.html

    • 

      Hi Serge – Thank you very much indeed for your comment – I hope you don’t mind I have just included the first part and added a link to the full article in French on your blog. Best regards.

  6. 

    I’m holding Obama to the SAME standards I held George Bush. No difference. They are both liars, and work for the corporations that installed them and no one else. There’s nothing to analyze further in the face of these atrocities.

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