I know no one goes into my archives (16k posts!) but if you go far back enough, you will see that I’ve already taken great pleasure in using the author of the “monocle” NYT piece as a punching bag for prior offenses at same employer.
Sometimes bylines are useful! In the sense that they can often be read as big block letters spelling out the word “TRASH”
Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be put to death on March 19. He has written us a letter that, he acknowledges, “could be my final statement on earth.” It is well worth your time.
If you read one thing on the internet today, please make it this.
We live in a country with a broken justice system. Racism is alive and well in America and people are making MILLIONS on the prison industrial complex. (I encourage you to look closely at your 401k plan and the cross reference that against the companies investing heavily in the prison system.)
If you’re at all interested in reading more about this then you can also check out the follow articles / book:
1) The justice system in America desperately needs reform. It needs to reflect what the people want it to be, not what years of irresponsible politicians have turned it into.
2) Ray Jasper conspired to murder an innocent man and then followed through on it. He is a sociopath, and his letter is bullshit. Read this response from David Mendoza Alejandro’s brother. The letter includes arguments against the death penalty; I similarly find capital punishment to be regrettable. That said, Jasper shouldn’t see the light of day for the rest of his natural or state-terminated life, one way or another.
3) It’s not as though this is a topic that has an easy solution. We feel all of this angst and conflict for very good reasons. Life requires us to address it regardless, as adults. It will not fix itself and it will not get better through histrionics.
Look, I’m glad ‘12 Years [A Slave]’ got made and it’s wonderful that people are seeing it and there is another view of what happened in America. But I’m not real sure why Steve McQueen wanted to tackle that particular sort of thing.
[‘Fruitvale Station’] explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with stop and search, and is just more poignant. America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past: ‘We freed the slaves! It’s all good!’ But to say: ‘We are still unnecessarily killing black men’ – let’s have a conversation about that.
I think in light of 12 Years a Slave winning the Oscar for Best Picture, this needs to be remembered. Because it is a very important point in terms of the palatability of 12 Years a Slave and why Fruitvale Station didn’t even get nominated when it has such acclaim outside of the Oscar world.