Indigo Rose has two daughters who have in this time of great crisis and danger volunteered to serve their country. The older enlisted in the US Army and the younger joined the US Air Force. Though giving it their all, the sisters have both been discharged for health reasons. I am very proud and humbled by their selfless intent. My sister has been married for many, many years to, get this, the same man. Her husband served in the US Navy aboard an aircraft carrier as a deck crewman running to and fro generally trying to get out of the way of all those planes landing and taking off - YIKES! He has made a career in the California Correctional system vigilantly and successfully keeping the bad guys behind bars.
That is the story, in brief, of Indigo Rose. Herewith is an e-mail I received tonight. (Any similarity between my writing and hers is purely genetic.)
I enjoyed your blog regarding "Tookie" Williams execution. It was well-written and filled with the history of a man who loved to hate.
As so many are crying 'foul' because of Williams children's books, decrying the gangs he started, his own son is sitting in High Desert State Prison. A child raised to kill and fight his way to the top, is sitting at our expense, waiting for Crips to line up to be his cell-mate. He is the "son of Tookie" and has inherited the fear and honor among thieves and criminals.
It really didn't matter that Tookie was imprisoned, it was the feeling of many corrections officers that he was still in charge of the Crips, running the gang from inside, just as the Mexican Mafia has been run by a leader incarcerated at Pelican Bay.
I do think the execution was necessary to put a last chapter to his books. Wasn't this the lesson to be learned? If you live the life of a gangbanger, taking the lives of those around you for any reason, or no reason, you will die the life of a gangbanger.
The choice: a bullet or a needle.
I got on the California State website looking at the last dozen executions before Tookie. Of the 12 : 1 was black, 1 was "other" (Thai), 10 were white.
How many times did the ACLU, Denzell Washington, Rev. Jesse Jackson, or Bianca Jagger come forward to spare these "poor men"?
The life of Indigo Red and Rose is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.