To be honest, I wasn’t too sure on my feelings about Tookie Williams… until I read this article. Now, not only am I glad that he died; I’m disappointed that the system didn’t get to him faster. Fast enough to prevent his icon status and the ultimate glorification of his horrific legacy of violence.
Yesterday his funeral was met with fanfare, and some 2000 supporters. Among whom hypocrisy, ignorance and stupidity were obviously qualifications.
Jesse Jackson spoke:
“Tookie Williams is dead. We are not safer. We are not more secure. We are not more humane.” Jackson said.
He’s absolutely right. Too bad Williams was and continues to be a integral part in our culture of violence. Just look who attended his ceremony:
Outside the church, several dozen young men wore the signature blue T-shirts and baseball caps of the Crips gang. Some wore blue bandannas over their faces to conceal their identity.
Hmmm…The world may not be safer with his death, but it sure as hell would have been if he’d never been born. Hitler’s troops marched on, continuing the violence after his death. The violence continues despite the capture of Saddam, and will continue after his stay on earth is through. So too will it be the case with Osama, and any other murderous leader.
“The state does not have the moral authority…to kill.”
Neither did Tookie, but that didn’t stop him from taking down four people did it?
The world, as Jackson correctly points out, is not a safe place. Unfortunately, the man he eulogizes had a disgusting hand in it.
Of course, not only do we like to ignore the wrongdoing of the evil, we like to blame it on others. Like Al Sharpton did right after Rev. Jesse.
“In the last 25 years, Arnold Schwarzenegger was promoting violence as the Terminator, while Tookie Williams was writing books of peace and harmony,” Sharpton said. “We cannot have Terminators determining redemption. God determines redemption.”
Honestly, how dare Schwarzenegger judge the real, tangible violence of Tookie whilst his career is wrought with fake and CGI death? Are we seriously inferring that Arnold has as much blood on his hands as a murderer with multiple convictions?
The irony here is that people were actually influenced by what Arnold did but nobody read Tookie’s book. If they did, then someone, please explain to me why the hell are there gang members at his funeral. If his message was so wide reaching, why is gang-violence still prevalent? Why was the audience filled with Crips and Bloods?
God may determine redemption, Mr. Sharpton, but the state decides on retribution. In his gory quadruple homicide, Tookie gave up his right to life and liberty. In blatantly violating everything society holds up, he loses all the benefits that it provides–namely the ability to exist. Had it been one, or even two deaths, it could have been limited to his freedom. However, the especially horrific nature of his crimes lead to a forfeiture of every thing he has, including breath.
And then, the story goes from annoyingly ignorant, to just absurd.
Farrakhan compared Williams to Jesus, saying both had been betrayed by false witnesses and sent to their death after politicians failed to intervene. He called Williams, “the patron saint for all those struggling in the gang life.”
Struggling in the gang life? He invented the gang life! He set up an entire generation for failure, prison and early deaths. He stole the lives, wealth, and freedom from countless individuals. His life was innately and wholly selfish and yet you compare his to Jesus? The man who did nothing but give?
For the record, Farrakhan, aren’t you a Muslim? Why don’t you leave Christ to the Christians and make the comparisons to your own savior. How would you like it if Pat Robertson got up at Eric Rudolph or Tim McVeigh’s sentencing and likened them to Muhammad?
“If I am to die tonight, then the most important message that I want the youth to remember is that I am no longer a man of war. I die a man of peace,” Tookie wrote in his final statement.
That’s fantastic. You might be a man of peace, but your legacy is one of death, death and more death.
A brief scuffle broke out between apparent members of rival gang factions after the funeral and was broken up by security personnel by the Nation of Islam.
Just like Martin Luther King…right?
Despite the repeated calls inside the chapel for peace, three gunshots rang out from one of the streets nearby as the crowd broke up, prompting some to duck for cover.
Thank you Tookie, for all you’ve contributed to society. We can never repay you. Hopefully the express ticket to hell is a start though.
The more I hear after his death, the happier I am that it happened. This man hadn’t even begun to undo the damage he’d done. He opened the floodgates of violence and terror, and then after feeling its wrath stepped up to put his finger in the dyke. His legacy will never be undone–no book (children’s or otherwise) will come close to stopping the violence his gangs have reeked on our nation. He was a terrible, terrible person.
Worse yet are those who actually seek to gain from his life of destruction. “Hi, I’m Al Sharpton, I failed miserably in the last election, so I thought supporting Tookie might get myself some face time.” “Hi, I’m Jesse Jackson, ever since an illegitimate child ruined my credibility, I’ve been searching for a cause to waste my lofty language on.”
Hi, both of you are a disgrace to Christianity. How dare you sit there, and allow a man to compare a convicted murderer and architect of organized crime to Jesus Christ.
In the end, we all ought to be glad he’s dead, but ashamed that we gave this man but a second of our sympathy and the dignity of our consideration. The world may not be safer with Tookie Williams gone, but at least its a bit more fair. It may not have solved the problem but at least it sent a message. It may not have been the most humane thing either, but it least we have purged our system of such a horrible human being.