Michelle Alexander on the execution of Troy Davis

Take a moment to check out this video of an interview with Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” and hear her response to the recent execution of Troy Davis. MW

“What I hope is that the passion and the energy and momentum that was generated to save Troy’s life…won’t just fade away, won’t be one of these episodic spurts that we’ve seen in the past, but will actually signal a new phase in the movement to end the death penalty. [I hope] that we’ll be able to look back and see Troy Davis’ death as the day when the movement to end the death penalty and the movement to end mass incarceration gained new steam.” -Michelle Alexander

3 thoughts on “Michelle Alexander on the execution of Troy Davis

  1. it would be absurd to dispose of our ONLY working deterrent against heinous crimes, which is the death penalty. a great deal of reformation needs to take place but NOTHING as radical as the total abolishment of death by lethal injection if a criminal’s act of violence against his fellowman calls for his or her life to be taken as retribution. prisons are not solutions for the criminally insane.

  2. Which is it san, is it deterrent or retribution? There’s no evidence that death penalty is a deterrent. And, as a Follower of the Way, I cannot endorse retribution. “‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay’ saith the Lord”

  3. i am not talking anymore about the hereafter, that seems a bit far-fetched to me. we must do somethings to relieve ourselves of troubling situations. GOD has not prompted me to endorse capital punishment. if we leave the gate open more hate crimes are sure to abound, just knowing they will not be executed for their heinous assaults against others. that is NOT a sane approach to curbing crime. we MUST stand for an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and forget the politics involved and all the lawyers and all the appeals etc, etc.

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