The Politics of Horror: Deciding Who Dies
Whatever you think about whether Troy Davis, whom the state of Georgia executed last night, was guilty of the crime for which he was convicted, it is unconscionable that the United States Supreme Court fails to have the courage to declare the death penalty unconstitutional.
We must declare that the United States does not believe in playing God by deciding who lives and who dies.
I will not here go into the well-established arguments about the racism, classism, and stark arbitrariness with which the death penalty is applied, though a great deal of information about this can be found at the Death Penalty Information Center's website. The same is true for the vast numbers of Death Row inmates whom DNA evidence has exculpated.
What does it tell us that the U.S., which many have claimed to be the world's moral Superarbiter, is in company with oppressive countries including China and Libya (see http://www.amnesty.org/en/death-penalty/abolitionist-and-retentio...) in retaining the death penalty?