Tookie, FREE at last
Bianca Jagger spoke at Stanley Tookie Williams' memorial service, recounting the talk she had with him at death row, 22 days before his execution.
[Tookie's] defender had to admit that [Tookie] was not willing to apologize or express remorse for the murders for which he was convicted and condemned to death. I asked him why.In remembering Tookie, Bianca asks us to consider the defiant last words of Gary Graham.
[Tookie] answered in a calm and measured voice, "I am innocent. I did not commit the crimes for which I was sentenced to death. I cannot ask for forgiveness and express remorse for a murder I didn't commit, even if by refusing to do so, I risk losing my life. I cannot lie in order to live."
"I'm an innocent black man that is being murdered. What is happening here is an outrage for any civilized country. They are going to keep on lynching us for the next 100 years if you do not carry on [the] tradition of resistance. We may lose this battle, but we will win the war. You must continue to demand a moratorium on all executions."Stanley Tookie Williams, FREE at last.
Bianca calls it a "tragic irony that Williams had to be executed before he could be free to visit this church."
Let us say a prayer this Holiday for all the innocent people murdered by belligerence, greed, selfishness, arrogance, and LIES.
May we all someday be FREE of the chains that BIND us.