Thursday, September 22, 2011

A mortal combat

This week has been long and rife with emotions. I can't help but think "so many people have died this week". Perhaps all this talk about mortality is really plummeting my spirits.

Liam's housemate's cat died this week. She was bitten by a snake. It's awful news and I really liked that cat. She was so affectionate and playful. His housemate is overseas at the moment and I don't know if they've told her yet or not, but it's just devastating.

No doubt anyone who uses the internet will know that Troy Davis was executed today for the alleged murder of a security guard.

There are so many things wrong with this, namely that:

  1. They're not actually 100% that he was the one who killed the security guard because 7 out of 9 witnesses retracted their statements. Davis has vehemently denied it, and claimed innocence.

  2. I strongly disagree with capital punishment. I don't think any government or body of power has any right to decide if a person should live or die. I don't think it's any different to murdering a person. The system itself becomes what it is punishing.

  3. Even if Davis was guilty of murdering that security guard, the fact remains that a lot of others who have committed similar acts have been locked up in jail, rather than face the lethal injection. What makes this particular crime so different that it warrants the death penalty?
There are so many questions surrounding it and we will probably never know the answer. A lot of people think it might be because he is a black man and was trialed differently. It just really upsets me that something as inhumane exists as part of law. It makes me sick.

Then there was the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who was taunted by bullies for being bisexual. What's upsetting is that he's tried so hard to be strong and ignore the nasty gay slurs, but I guess it got to him in the end, which upsets me greatly. He posted a video on youtube as a part of the "It Gets Better" campaign to help and give hope to other gay/bisexual teens out there who are having a hard time coming out or dealing with all that homophobic crap.

Here is Jamey's video. It's very sweet and honest.

I'm so upset and saddened by this. If anyone is going through something similiar, or if you know someone who might be depressed, please seek help.

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