“You can’t fight murder with murder.” – Ross Byrd, son of Robert Byrd, Jr
I am opposed to the death penalty. I believe it is murder. I was opposed to last night’s execution of Troy Davis. But I was also opposed to the other execution that took place. I’ll be honest, I shed tears over the death of Troy Davis, but I did not cry when Lawrence Brewer was killed last night. Brewer was an unrepentant racist who gruesomely killed James Byrd, Jr. in a hate crime that still turns my stomach to read about. Brewer was most certainly guilty. It was still wrong to execute him.
Another execution is scheduled for tonight, this time in Alabama. I know very little about this particular case, but for me, ultimately, the details of the case are not the point. There are many reasons to oppose the death penalty, such as the disproportionate number of men of color on death row, or the number of people who are wrongly convicted and not guilty of the crime. But even in a case such as Brewer’s, where there is no doubt whatsoever of the person’s guilt and the condemned shows absolutely no remorse, the death penalty is wrong, period. Even the most despicable murderer should not be murdered by the state.