Monday, December 12, 2005

Jackson's Rally Hides Personal Motives

It is mere hours until the end of the line for Stanley "Tookie" Williams, convicted murderer and founder of the brutal gang known as the Crips, and the celebrities of the left coast are still wailing and gnashing their teeth at the horrible injustice of it all. Despite the brutal murders of four innocent people, such noted personalities as Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg (a former Crip), Mike Farrell and others have poured their time and star-studded influence into a plea for clemency for the gang leader. But the man I find most interesting in his support for Williams?
A group of about three dozen death penalty protesters were joined by the Rev. Jesse Jackson as they marched across the Golden Gate Bridge after dawn Monday en route to the gates of San Quentin, where they were expected to rally with hundreds of people.
What, you ask? That same Reverend Jackson who has in the past railed against the gang culture -- and more specifically against the rival Crips and the Bloods of south central Los Angeles -- and its ravaging affect on the black community? That same Reverend Jackson who claims to stand for the rights and advancement of so-called "African-Americans" and is so quick to rally against anyone -- be it government, corporation, school or individual -- who in his eye is a threat to the freedoms and liberties of his people?

Yup, that's the one.

The Reverend Jackson appeared on CNN today to condemn California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his denial of a stay of execution. In fact, in an interview last month with FOX News' John Gibson, Reverend Jackson went so far as to intimate that Williams' guilt was questionable.
There is a committee in California setting up a commission on fairness in the administration of justice. Why kill him in December and maybe find out in April it was not necessary?
The case has no witnesses. The case has no blood stain, no DNA. The boot that was his did not match. Gommar's hairs were found on somebody else's bed.
Interestingly enough, Williams' defense has failed in every single appeal over the last twenty years. Even the extremely liberal activist judges of the 9th US Circuit (Circus?) of Appeals just today refused to reopen the case, saying... would not intervene because, among other things, there was no "clear and convincing evidence of actual innocence."
Gov. Schwarzenegger upheld this stance [PDF] when he rejected the last minute plea for clemency.

As usual, the Reverend Jesse Jackson is not one to falter in the face of overwhelming and indisputable facts. But why lend his fame and face to this cause that is so promising of doom? Is it because he sees the White government of this corrupt nation beating down a helpless fellow Black man? Is it because of the injustice of killing a man who has written nine (count 'em) children's books from behind those cold racist bars of prison? Is it because he sees in this poor, downtrodden Black man the chronicle of oppression suffered by the Negroes throughout this nation's history?

Or is it a last ditch effort to assuage his own shameful past of violence and oppression, and a chance to shift some attention off his own judicial troubles? Reverend Jackson is himself due to face the court in January on several charges...
...including: Assault, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and a California Civil Rights Claim. [His son] Jonathan Jackson also will face the additional charges of Battery and False Imprisonment.

Hat-tip to Dave at The Paladin Blog for the reminder about Jackson's upcoming civil trial (although the original post on The Paladin seems to have since disappeared...)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Songbird, you are such a hipocrit! Just like all the other bloggers that do nothing but puke up the Republican talking points du jour, you blast any liberal that somehow falls on the wrong side of your view of the law, but at the same time you fawn at your Republican masters' feet by defending conservative crooks like Tom Delay and George Bush. This drivel and lack of morality is why we are mired in such political corruption and stuck in the quagmire of Iraq, when we should be devoting our time and efforts to improving the world's view of America and the plight of our own huddled masses. And yes, to answer your question, it IS an issue of racism. If this fellow were white and had killed a bunch of poor black men, he would not only be alive but would probably be serving in Congress!

12/13/2005 8:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our "view" of the law? Your "view" is that it is OK to shotgun people in the head? You are comparing Tom Delay to a man that shotgunned an asian family of three at point blank range for a couple of dollars? Quagmire in Iraq? I think the 11 million people that voted on the 15th would disagree. And that world view you are so worried about? Would that be the view of the French, German, and Russian governments that were on Saddam's payroll in the food for oil scandal? Would someone who killed black men really be a Congressman? Or would he be one of the 9 white men executed in California as compaired to only two blacks?

Songbird: You rock. Sorry about the deleted post. It got zapped while I was cleaning up the site. I will repost it as the trial gers closer.

The Paladin

12/17/2005 8:35 AM  

Blogger Songbird said...

Thanks for the comments, Paladin -- I couldn't have said it better myself!

12/20/2005 9:59 AM  

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