Loop 21 Presents: #SaveTroy Davis Twitter Roundtable
Big Boi, dream hampton, Jasiri X, William Jelani Cobb and Pastor Troy talk death penalty & more
Troy Davis is scheduled to die on Wednesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. by lethal injection. He was accused and convicted of killing Savannah, Ga. police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989, but that conviction came by way of faulty eyewitness testimony, most of which has been recanted. Some of the witnesses say they were coerced into testifying against him. A supposed "fail-safe" executive clemency has failed to spare Davis' life, even though there is no absolute, conclusive physical evidence tying Davis to MacPhail's murder. One judge said the case against him was not "ironclad." There is simply too much doubt.
There is also too much racial bias against black men in Georgia's criminal justice system, particularly for black men facing the death penalty in the state as the Supreme Court case McClesky v Kemp showed. We also see that the widow of MacPhail said, “We need to go ahead and execute him,” in spite of mounting evidence that seemed to lend itself to Davis' innocence. Finally, an outpouring of support for Davis has been photographed, documented, petitioned, Tweeted, Facebooked and prayed all over the world, from people both for and against the death penalty, but in agreement that there is too much doubt surrounding this case to kill a man.
With all of this in mind, Loop 21 gathered five individuals who've been following Troy Davis' case over the years and who've been vocal and vigilant about his right to live despite the state of Georgia's wishes:
Big Boi (@BigBoi)
Rapper, actor and community activist, Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, best known for being one-half of Outkas,t has been one of the more vocal hip hop artists discussing the Troy Davis case. Patton's Big Kidz Foundation, whose mission is to create socially-conscious youth through the arts, recently celebrated it's fifth anniversary.
dream hampton (@dreamhampton)
Writer, author and filmmaker, dream hampton's work has been featured in The Detroit News, Harper's Bazaar, Essence, Village Voice, Vibe and Spin. Most recently, she co-authored the New York Times best seller, Decoded with Jay-Z. dream also has been instrumental in raising awareness around Troy Davis on Twitter and beyond.
Jasiri X (@jasiri_x)
The Pittsburgh-based emcee and community activist Jasiri X is the creative force and artist behind the ground breaking internet news series, "This Week with Jasiri X," which has garnered critical acclaim, thousands of subscribers, and millions of internet views. Jasiri X cleverly uses Hip Hop to provide social commentary on a variety of issues.
Pastor Troy (@PastorTroyDSGB)
Atlanta indie rapper, Pastor Troy has recorded over ten albums since debuting in 1998. His lyrics often tackle social issues that impact the black community. His next album, "The Last Outlaw," drops November 15th and will feature a song about Troy Davis.
William Jelani Cobb (@jelani9)
William Jelani Cobb, Ph.D. is a professor of black history at Rutgers University and a regular Loop 21 columnist. Cobb has two forthcoming books: In Our Lifetimes: Barack Obama and the New Black America and a scholarly monograph titled Antidote to Revolution: African American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1931-1957.
To join Loop 21 and our guests during the Twitter Roundtable, taking place Wednesday, Sept 21, 3 - 4 p.m. use hashtag #SAVETroy