Some funny, some not – the case of Troy Lee Davis

Yesterday’s [satirical fake news] post on the UCC being indignant about “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” drew over 700 views in its first 24 hours! The (Rev)ision Gregg blog has been running for almost five years, has hundreds of postings and yesterday’s satire accounts for 1/10 of the traffic it has ever received. Amazing…

The truth of satire is that it can lay bare idiosyncratic positions through the use of humor. The appeal of satire is that it cuts close to the quick for those who are “inside” the joke.

But on another note, I can only hope the case of Troy Lee Davis draws nearly as much attention. The state of Georgia has denied clemency or a retrial in his capital murder case even though several prosecution witnesses have recanted and a majority of the evidence points to his innocence, the execution is still scheduled for tomorrow, Sept. 21, 2011.

Is it because he is black? Because he is accused of killing a cop? Because the DA just wants to have someone – anyone – “come to justice.” I’m not sure, but I pray that our states and the nation can come to a better understanding of innocent until proven guilty and end the practice of capital punishment as other seemingly civilized nations have done.

So far, 400,000 individual letters, appeals from Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Amnesty International, and the NAACP have not changed anyone’s mind to even revisit the case.

Please add your voice at any of the links above.

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