"We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism." -huey newton
From my girl carschoi:
The governator's rejection of clemency for tookie williams moreover justifies the absence of public opinion and the absolute soverneignty of a conversative, right-winged government. I am saying that a person, who was formerly a crips gang member, who has reformed in prison for over 1/4 a century, who has wrote children's books informing children to stay away from gang violence, who has been nominated for 4 nobel peace prizes should not be allowed to die by lethal injection.
Some people may claim that if we did set a precedent and allow him to live, that will allow room for many "pseudo-reformed prisoners" who will pretend to reform as a means of getting out of prison. well fuck that. williams has changed society. he has influenced the lives of youth that have been struggling on the streets, who've only look up to their surrogate gang families for support. Is it really their fault that society is racist and classist? And do they live in these shit environments because they choose to? Society has created these divisions in class and race, between the haves and have nots, by means of segregation, racial profiling, and class hierarchy which are forces still in tact today. Historical, societal, and political forces (such as environmental racism) have placed these demographics into these ghetto inner-city areas that has given them no choice but to join gangs for their own protection. Have you actually experienced what they've experienced? Have you, a person living in your suburbia in orange county, experienced the hoods of the LBC, CPT, etc??? We have no idea. It is amazing that a person, through his experience in prison has turned his life around like that, writing books for children and making a difference through his literature.
Some people might argue, " well he's just eating up our tax dollars by staying alive.." Well i'd like to refute by saying, " why don't you just shoot everyone in jail. They are all essentially eating up our tax dollars." This statement completely rids of any type of prison reform. That it wouldn't make a difference if prisoners reform because in the end whether in prison or not, they are still labeled a criminal by law.
And what becomes of the youth in gangs today?? Basically, even if you turn back and decided to reform yourself, you'll still end up getting fucked over for what you did, and die like williams. So basically its better to not turn back because the government will just make you pay. There is no hope for these kids already in gangs; they have no reason to give up their already "fucked up" lifestyles.
Native Americans were essentially raped of their land by Europeans. Africans were exploited and dehumanized when they were brought over to the states as slaves. Do these factors not matter at all?!?!??! It is our society, and its lack of care and attention for minorities and the poor that have created these gangs and countercultures that seem to "haunt" us now. You have to take these factors into consideration when you decide to KILL a nobel prize nominee, arnold.
Especially in a culture where the majority of Americans are Protestant, shouldn't we be the ones more understanding on the matter of reform? Jesus forgives and forgets right? Why can't we acknowledge that this person, a former gang leader has learned from his mistakes and that he is ready for a new beginning? How hypocritical.
And moving on to more bigger issues, why did we recall and bring in arnold in the first place? i believe we still have an enormous deficit that hasn't seem to be fixed. I feel like there is going to be a revolt against Arnold's decision. If not, me, kriss, and britt will start one. People of California, think twice when you think an former bodybuilder will fix our debt crisis.
If we claim as much blue as it says we do in election polls, I say we start a revolution and show them what public opinion wants.
"Words that do not match deeds are unimportant."
- Ernesto Che Guevara
"The walls, the bars, the guns and the guards can never encircle or hold down the idea of the people."