On September 21st, Georgia murdered Troy Davis.
Although I can understand the outrage at the murder of Davis,what I can’t wrap my head around is the shock. I was born and raised in Georgia and know all too well that Georgia is a part of the south both demographically and culturally.
Georgia in 2011 is a lot like Georgia in 1963. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, Georgia’s black population was kept underfoot by racist Jim Crow laws. Today, the status of blacks as an underclass is managed by draconian sentencing laws put in place by the state legislature. Little black boys and girls are, in many cases, prosecuted as adults and placed in jails with full grown men and women. Young white boys and girls are given the benefit of doubt.
I grew up hearing stories of how my grandparents were sharecroppers and how they barely made enough money to feed my mother and her siblings. The klucks in the south were a most insidious and virulent breed. And those who’ve picked up their mantle can’t be made whole, or even human, so I didn’t share anyone’s expectation that a miracle would befall Troy Davis.
You have to remember that the people who run Georgia have lynchers and cross burners as their progenitors. Back in the good ‘ol days, taking the kids out to watch a hanging, picnic basket in hand,made for a jolly good time. Murder is the heritage of the white South. Bloodlust is in their blood. And unless we mount a challenge that consists of a lot more work and a lot less prayers , the South will rise again.
There is no enduring legacy of justice and fairness in this country and what progress has been made is tainted by the South’s faithful allegiance to its traitorous heirloom – the Confederacy. The shadow of home grown terrorists dressed in white robes and cone shaped hats as well as military men fighting for the right to own other men and women,looms heavy in the south.
So I wasn’t the least bit surprised when, at 11:08pm, Georgia murdered Troy Davis. Sadly, Davis is just one in a long line. What was shocking, however, was the reaction of onlookers; those waiting, expectantly, for a miracle. Somehow, many were fooled into thinking that Atlanta’s reputation of being a safe haven for hard working black people extended to all of Georgia. It doesn’t.
You may’ve been shocked at Troy Davis’ murder, but my mother surewasn’t and neither was I. We know better. Now, hopefully, the world knows better as well.
Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill Staffer turned political blogger. She currently publishes two blogs, Spatterblog.com and BreakingBrown.com.