Nov. 14, 2019
Murdered In Cold Blood? Did Or Do We Care?
Yesterday in Georgia a serious case of capital miscarriage of justice occurred. The state Of Georgia may have murdered an innocent man. This isn’t a case that occurred in the years of Jim Crow Justice when black men were routinely murdered by southern states for crimes that involved high levels of injustice. This is 2019 when every available resource is available to specify guilt or innocence in criminal cases involving capital murders. How can the Georgia Governor send the execution orders to the penitentiary officials when questions of innocence or guilt are apparent? If this was case that involved any other individual of another majority race would not all available resources been applied before that man was given a lethal injection? Or was it a case that Ray Cromartie simply didn’t warrant the full resources of Georgia’s legal and investigative because he was involved in the crime? Yes, Mr. Cromartie was in the store when Richard Slysz was murdered but did or didn’t he pull the trigger ending Mr. Slysz life? Mr. Cromartie has professed his innocence for 20 years. He has never wavered. Yesterday, before the injection process was about to begin he still maintained his innocence. Why didn’t our United States Supreme Court Justices put an end to this travesty of justice? Is this how the American system of justice should be applied? Is this what makes America great? Why didn’t the majority of America’s public demand that Ray Cromartie get justice to ensure that Georgia didn’t kill the wrong man? Is it because the alleged crime was so bungled that the robbery only netted 2 six packs of beer? Why are we more concerned about whether LeBron James gets a triple double, or whether Colin Kaepernick gets a contract, or whether this team or that team wins on Saturday or Sunday but allows Ray Cromartie to be murdered in invisibility. We allow miscarriages of justice to still occur on a daily basis in this nation. Whether the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Cleveland Browns wins tonight is truly inconsequential to the justice being applied correctly in our nation. Why are we more concerned about this game than the fact that Ray Cromartie was murdered last night. Won’t the Browns and Steelers play 2 times now until infinity or until the NFL still is operational? Yet, Ray Cromartie took his last breath last night. No more games for him. He played his final game last night. Yet, he died in almost absolute silence but in our communities we awoke to the news not of Ray Cromartie but the news that James Harden scored 47 points against the Clippers. Damn, how our priorities have been maladjusted but games rather than values. If a black man is murdered by the state does the community hear him fall? Or is injustice so rampant. Do we simply feel helpless in trying to stop these acts of injustice? We do know however Kevin Durant is not going to play in New Jersey this year. Nonsense news is our priority because relevant news requires critical thoughts and thinking and we’re not good at that. Another provoked thought for the day.