Friday, December 16, 2005

Great Expectations

What happened to the much anticipated "Tookie riots"? I answer that in my latest piece for The Orange County Register:

I heard about Gov. Schwarzenegger's decision not to grant clemency to Tookie Williams while driving through the epicenter of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. As a caller to a talk-radio program expressed her fear that the news would spark similar violence and unrest, I feared the effects of her words far more than the decision to execute a convicted murderer.

As an elementary school teacher in South Los Angeles, I spend a great deal of time in a largely black neighborhood. I still remember my very first drive to work several years ago. I seemed to be entering a different country as I left the elegant surroundings of Pacific Palisades and made my way into the dreary environs of Watts. This was not just a physical journey. My emotions were taking an odyssey of their own.

Staring at so many decrepit buildings, vagrants and police cars was difficult. I felt guilty. Guilty for having such a blessed life. For never being in need of any material thing. For the legacy of slavery and racism. I felt sad, too. Sad for the people who had to live in such a hopeless and scary environment. For the people who feared being killed in a drive-by shooting. For the children being "raised" by drug addicts.

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Blogger Steven Rosenberg said...

Aaron, sounds like liberal guilt. Welcome to the club.

Seriously: How about John Roberts and Barak Obama -- put 'em in any order you want -- in '08?

11:06 AM  
Blogger A.J. Kaufman said...

Why would a great man like Roberts join up with Barak Obama? He is one small step better than the other lefty senator from that state.

As for Tookie, I really think that, aside from the whackos who oppose the death penalty 100% of the time, only a VERY small percentage of "Americans" wanted Tookie to live. I even know very many white apolgists who did not want to see this despicable sicko live another day.

It takes a true moron to deem his efforts at being "rehabilitated" worthy of sparing his life. I am SO glad he is where he belongs: dead.

Maybe this will start deterring gang activity, or maybe not. We know Jesse and friends would love gang warfare to continue. It plays right into their hands/agenda.

10:17 PM  

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