I stand on principle and my faith in God that the death penalty is wrong. I'm against the death penalty, always have been, always will be. The death penalty is wrong because it relies on a criminal justice system that is infallible which it is not. The death peanlty also exploits minorities and the poor, it doesn't serve as a deterrent, it's based on revenge and it is against God's will. So while I had no sympathy for convicted murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, I still felt that his sentence should've been commuted to life without the possibility of parole.
But after it took a nurse 11 minutes to find a vein (so much for "painless" death), Tookie's gone now and all the death penalty supporters can feel good about themselves, while us anti-death penalty folk should continue to fight to abolish capital punishment for good.
With that said, amidst the varying reactions of Tookie's death, an undercurrent of racist views has arisen to the surface. An ignorant view, from conservatives and members of The Left that Black people would riot upon Tookie's senseless killing. Yet, as I write this, there hasn't been ONE SINGLE REPORT of any rioting going on in Los Angeles some 2 days after Tookie's death. Meanwhile this week we saw thousands of white dudes rioting and wrecking havoc in Australia over a perceived slight by some Lebanese kids.
But only Black folks riot, right?