Troy Davis Case; Polls show President Obama should have spoken up.
(ThyBlackMan.com) In a recent Your Black World survey, the majority of African American respondents (56.9 percent) believe that President Barack Obama should have spoken on behalf of Troy Davis before his execution last week. Davis was put to death after a pile of questionable evidence emerged over the years showing that there is a very good chance that he did not commit the crime for which he was executed. Former FBI Director Williams Sessions said that the case had too much questionable evidence for the execution to go forward, and prominent figures from around the world, including the Pope, former President Jimmy Carter, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton all fought against Troy Davis’ execution.
While the majority of black respondents felt that President Obama should have spoken up for Troy Davis, 34% believed that he was right to remain silent.
Another 9.1% of black respondents said they were not sure.
Respondents were also asked if they feel that either President Obama or Attorney General Eric Holder should have attempted to legally intervene in the Troy Davis case. While the federal government cannot legally stop a state execution, Davis’ death could have been delayed by ordering a federal investigation. An even higher percentage (65.8%) of black respondents believe that either Holder or Obama should have tried to legally intervene to stop the death of Troy Davis. Another 26% said that they were right to not attempt to legally intervene and another 8.2% said they were not sure.
President Obama’s decision to speak up on behalf of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates after he was arrested on his front porch two years ago lies in contrast to his silence on other questionable acts of injustice committed against black men
Some would argue that the president missed an opportunity to revamp his waning black support by speaking up on behalf of Troy Davis, but others might argue that it would be politically risky for him to step in on such a controversial issue during election season. Whether the president made the right decision on Troy Davis is up for debate, but his silence leads many to wonder exactly where he stands on issues that matter to “us.”
Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins