Resolved Question: Could you please analyse
i need very detailed specific and PEE, i need an example to show a very high standard grade speech analyse. you will be awarded with 10 pts.
Good evening. Tonight I would like to discuss with you a practice that separates the United States from every other country in the Western Hemisphere. This, of course, is the use of homicide as an official tool of the state, otherwise known as the death penalty.
Since the Supreme Court allowed executions to resume in the 1970s, 741 people have been executed in the United States. Unfortunately, as I give this speech, that number is climbing to 743, courtesy of the states of Georgia and Texas.
And yet 98 people, or about one out of every seven executed, have walked off death row after new evidence emerged that proved their absolute innocence.
Let me be very clear here. I am not talking about people whose sentences or convictions were overturned on what some might call a technicality. I am talking about actual innocence.
Think about it. If one of every seven car tires sold in this country was subject to a blowout, if one of every seven chickens taken to market infected someone with salmonella, if one of every seven cars manufactured had a faulty engine that exploded every now and again, these things would be taken off the market.
But for every seven people executed since 1976, one actually innocent person has been sent to death row. Yet the death penalty remains “on the market.”
There are, of course, many reasons why I oppose the death penalty, in addition to the fact that I believe innocent people can be executed and in fact have been executed.
I'd like to share with you some of these reasons.
Many of you know I worked on the case of Gary Graham. Gary came from the fifth ward in Houston, Texas. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the robbery-murder of a shopping clerk. There are many things about Gary's case that are illustrative of the kind of problems caused by the death penalty.
Number one: Gary was a juvenile when it was alleged he committed the crime for which he was convicted. Only five other countries are known to have executed children in the past decade—Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Yemen. But in the U.S., 13 states, including Texas, allow for the execution of people who commit crimes as juveniles.
Number two: Gary was Black. Black people make up 12.1 percent of our nation's population—but comprise 43 percent of death rows across the United States. Racial disparities continue to define who lives and who dies under this punishment.
Number three: Gary was convicted on the very shaky eyewitness testimony
of one person. The Bible in the Book of Numbers says we shouldn't
convict on the testimony of one eyewitness. But our courts say
Gary Graham was executed in the summer of 2000. His case pointed out then many problems the death penalty brings to our system of justice. Incompetent legal counsel, racial bias. The possibility—in this case the probability of innocence, the very issue of disproportionality—Gary probably would not have been executed if he was from a different state or if he had drawn a different prosecutor or a different jury.
But the tide is turning. The very same tide that swept up Gary Graham and so many like him is now turning.
It has been said that war is never the friend of social justice movements. When we fear, we clamp down on those who do not think like we think or do not look like we look.
Since September 11th, we have seen our federal government incarcerate without trial or access to bail more than 1,000 people, mostly of Middle Eastern or Southern Asian descent.
It is clearly a slippery slope we are on. We cannot be silent while such tactics are employed. We must stand vigilant and work onward and together toward abolition.
Posted on 13 November 2013 | 2:53 am
Resolved Question: Are Oprah and Danny
I listed Oprah and Danny Glover on another question which listed celebrities and other prominent blacks as people who would only come out in the media against crimes against blacks, but have not commented on crimes against whites, such as the recent senseless hate crime against the white Australian jogger. Someone asked me if I was aware they were activists, and I have to answer "no," Oprah and Danny Glover on no more activists than I am.
Are Oprah and Danny Glover now activists because they hate crime against blacks but don't care about crimes against whites?
Posted on 25 August 2013 | 4:09 am
Resolved Question: Why is it that some
I think that there was one other celebrity that is often grouped with Glover and Penn...but his name escapes me. Why is it that some people do not like them in terms of political affiliation? I have heard rumors before about Sean Penn donating funds to questionable groups that may have ties to terrorism, but I haven't really investigated any further on this. Oh yeah...another dude that it seems that some people do not like is George Clooney. Is Clooney a looney?
Posted on 18 August 2010 | 5:41 am
Resolved Question: Why is Obama starting to
In the last six months Obama has been going noticeably gray. He hair color change couldn't be from stress as he is always on vacation. I think Glover is a fair actor and Obama shouldn't be imitating him.
Posted on 20 July 2010 | 5:30 pm
Resolved Question: How does Danny Glover
I wonder how Danny Glover feels about Mel Gibson after all this hatred spewed. I think Mel Gibson has lost his mind and is an alcoholic. He might not be as racist as he sounds, people say sone pretty horrible things in the heat of anger, saying anything to make the other person feel bad. Don't get me wrong, the fact that race comes up everytime he gets mad when drunk says something.
Posted on 17 July 2010 | 4:50 am