by Brian A. Wilkins
Despite New Mexico governor Bill Richardson’s problems with pay-for-play politics in his state, he took a major step in clearing the vision of our nation’s blind eyes when it comes to the U.S. justice system. Like Mr. Richardson, I am also a staunch supporter of the death penalty for murderers. But from top (judges) to bottom (police), the systematic persecution of American citizens caused Mr. Richardson to make a difficult, but correct decision for his state.
“Regardless of my personal opinion about the death penalty, I do not have confidence in the criminal justice system as it currently operates to be the final arbiter when it comes to who lives and who dies for their crimes,” Richardson said in an AP article.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson
Everybody with an IQ above 100 knows that the death penalty in the United States is just another systematic legal way to murder “black” American citizens (police murders are no. 1). And to those too stupid and/or too stubborn to believe it, here are the numbers:
-Of the 3220 persons on death row in 2007, 1345 (or 42 percent) were “black.” Only 13 percent on the entire U.S. population is “black.” (U.S. Dept. of Justice)
-The State of Texas, by far, executes more people than any other state. At least 35 percent of all U.S. executions since 1976 (when the Supreme Court reinstated it as a punishment) have been performed in Texas.
-Texas has only executed one “white” man for killing a “black” man in its history: which was sometime in the 1850s when one “white” man killed another “white” man’s “black slave.” Florida and Georgia have never executed a “white” man for the murder of a “black” man in their histories.
-Only two European Americans (“whites”) have been executed for killing Nubian Americans (“blacks”) since 1944; and the last one, Donald “Pee-Wee” Gaskins in 1982, was a “white” convicted murderer who killed a “black” convicted murderer in prison.
An article published by Amnesty International on July 23, 1996, chided the state of Georgia, which hosted the Summer Olympics that year, for having 100 men on death row 40 miles away from the stadium. The article blasted Georgia’s “blatantly racist use of the death penalty” and the “breathtaking degree of hypocrisy” by a country (USA) that claims to be the “modern capital of human rights.”
The New Mexico Sheriff’s and Police Association oppose Richardson’s decision, saying the threat of capital punishment protects their officers against violence. The U.S. justice system already protects their officers from prosecution or any other sort of repercussion when their officers murder, assault, and/or brutalize American citizens. What more do they want. Governor Richardson also cited the fact that 130 death row inmates have been cleared of all charges via DNA evidence in the past 10 years.
Mr. Richardson’s action, and his reasons for doing so, should help kickstart an important dialogue that needs to take place in our country. Police, prosecutors, and judges are far worse menaces to society than any Crips, Bloods or MS-13’s could ever be. Terrorist cops Johannes Mehserle (BART Transit), Scott Nugent (Winnfield, Louisiana Police), Tim Cox (Homer, Louisiana Police), and countless others deserve the death penalty and will not get it. A capital punishment system that flawed needs to be eliminated altogether. Governor Richardson deserves credit for doing something he knows is the right thing to do, even if it goes against his personal convictions. Many other politicians could learn from him.