Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Son of Tookie

Tonight we have a guest writer. I have five sisters and one, the 7th child, is a regular reader of FAIR, and I shall call her Indigo Rose.

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.


dcat said...

Thank you Indigo,
This was a very good email! I enjoyed every word! :)

Indigo Rose said...

Thank you, Indigo, for the honor of speaking in your space.
I do feel the lesson is lost on many. As we speak Tookie Williams funeral is being planned, one "befitting a statesman". His ashes will be taken to South Africa and scattered over his ancestral land. Now we dishonor their warriors and the fight Nelson Mandela wagered to have men/women of color given the most basic human rights.
Next scheduled execution is in January - a white man in his 70's who is legally blind due to a heart attack he suffered behind bars. He has asked for clemency because he is "too sick to be put to death". Do we disregard those he murdered, those to young to die, because he is ill?

YellowRose said...

Very well said, Indigo Rose!

Mike H. said...

That is disgusting. The next hood's sickness is a reason for us to put him out of his misery. If he's not miserable then we carry on the lawful execution. Win-win situation.

sideshow bob said...

Were any of those other twelve Nobel prize nominees? I don't find it too unusual that people would protest the execution of a peace prize nominee.

That said, I don't feel too much sympathy for the guy...he did some evil stuff. I would like to pose a question, though: Is redemption for someone like Tookie possible?

Indigo Red said...


It will come as a surprisse to you, as it did to me, there are no requirements or qualifications needed to be nominated. The only requirements are placed upon the nominators: The Nominators – Peace
Right to submit proposals for the Nobel Peace Prize, based on the principle of competence and universality, shall by statute be enjoyed by:

1. Members of national assemblies and governments of states;
2. Members of international courts;
3. University rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes;
4. Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;
5. Board members of organizations who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;
6. Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; (proposals by members of the Committee to be submitted no later than at the first meeting of the Committee after February 1) and
7. Former advisers appointed by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

The Nobel Peace Prize may also be awarded to institutions and associations.

Prize-Awarder: The Norwegian Nobel Committee, Oslo

Nobel Peace Prize requirements.

Anyone, anyone at all can be nomiated so long as it done by the acceptable personage. So the nomination of Tookie Williams is a non-starter.

Indigo Red said...

Sideshow cont.:

"Is redemption for someone like Tookie possible?"

Excellent question. I will assume you are meaning redemption in the religious, soul saving, social and spiritual grace sort of way as oppossed to the coupon redemption meaning. I will also assume that "someone like Tookie" is actually Tookie.

The answer is no. Redemption is to set free from the consequences of sin (wrongdoing.) Tookie never admitted that he committed any crime, let alone four or more murders. Williams claimed innocence right to the end. He also claimed he was redeemed right to the end. The claims are mutually exclusive - one negates the other.

If Tookie Williams was in fact innocent, redemption is not possible because no sin or wrongdoing occurred.

If Tookie Williams was in fact guilty and did not admit guilt, then redemption is again not possible.

Since redemption was not possible for Tookie Williams in either case, his only option to be redeemed was to confess and confessing would put him on deathrow.

sideshow bob said...

indigo- I was not aware of the nomination policies, thanks for doing the research and providing the knowledge. But still (hint: use of the phrase "but still" means you lost the debate), and I may be assuming too much, but I would think that nominees must go through some sort of approval process just to be listed as a nominee and associated with the Prize...or maybe it's just a sham like those stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame...

Indigo Red said...

Ahhh, you assume too much, my friend!

No, there is no review process simply to be nominated. All nomination are accepted. There's a winnowing process to get to the final sellection which is a blatant exercise in discrimination that creates winners and losers.

You know, Sideshow, this feels like a full postage, so stay tuned.

Newvictorian said...

Definitely! People should be made aware of the reality of the "Nobel Peace Prize" chatter that's been in the background.

Look at some of the WINNERS :(

Tom C said...

Ot, thanks for the help Indi. I know that I can count on my friends.:)

Tom C said...

Now while I have the time to devote. Thank you Indigo Rose for telling it like it is. My thanks to you and your daughters. My oldest has got her medical waiver to go back into the Navy this fall. It is her dream, and I'm proud of her. I also am proud of your brother, my friend, Indigo Red. God bless and watch over you!

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