Pecan Pie

Social Anxiety from the South

I Hope You’re Proud of Yourself…

I get a little flack and a lot of ribbing over my Southern heritage and my commitment to making the region better any way I can.   I have been admonished for identifying as a Georgian over an American, though, historically, that’s as patriotic as it used to get.  State over country and all that; this is the way it was at the founding.  I usually bristle, tout the positive characteristics of Georgia and laugh off any implication that my intelligence has suffered by simply being born here.

I try to keep hope that eventually where I live will see the prosperity and open-mindedness of the Pacific Northwest, that the huge divide in poverty that separates the South from the rest of the country will someday close and that human rights and equality will catch up with our neighbors to the North.  I spend my days immersed in academia.  Maybe my dreams are pie in the sky, influenced by liberal surroundings not common for most Georgia residents.

Last night, I stayed up late in order to continue obsessing over the scheduled execution of Troy Davis at the death row facility for Georgia in Jackson County.  I’ve read a number of stories touting his supposed innocence and a couple of really thorough ones that included case facts (these are things that are not opinion) that gave a more broad picture of what may have happened the night Officer MacPhail died.

I continued to be dismayed at the lack of media attention shown the family of the dead police officer.

I continue to be dismayed that a mother could not be with her son in his final moments.

Mostly, I continue to be dismayed that executing our citizens is still a criminal justice solution on the table of integrity and honor in the United States of America.

I have no idea if this man was innocent.  We may never know.  From all accounts (that I have read that appeared to be less biased than most) he received as fair a trial as anyone can receive in our current system and  was offered multiple opportunities after his conviction that most never even know exist.  Maybe he did it…

…Maybe he did not.

As I read in a blog comment earlier today, what difference does it make?  It’s a human rights issue for liberals and should be a big government issue for conservatives.  If we can’t even trust the government to tax us properly, go to war legally, spend frugally or protect the privacy rights of citizens as mandated by the Constitution, how in the hell can you trust them to execute reliably with so many death row innocents being brought to light in the past 15 years?

Well, you can’t.

I am rarely ashamed of my state.  Even when it seems my beloved Georgia will never promote values important to me…I love her still. I reject the idea that Georgians are backwoods, ignorant and racist.  I reject the idea that the state is filled with people who care more about dogma than reality.  If I have ever had faith in anything in my adult life, it is the faith that one day my homeland will catch up with the rest of the civilized world, in our own time, at our own slower pace, and reach progress with a glass of sweet iced tea, spiced with a shot of Kentucky bourbon, a big smile and a Hey Y’all, how’s your Mama and them?

Today, I am disheartened. My faith is wavering. I fantasize more and more about moving somewhere else and wonder how my psyche will be affected by moving away from a place I love like a family member.

Today I am ashamed.

Shame on us, Georgia.

Yesterday, we failed.

Today, we stand in the company of Iraq, China, Iran, North Korea, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and the UAE.

Axis of Evil, indeed.  And I fear we are a member, too.

Edited to correct spelling of Officer MacPhail’s name. 

Edit #2 please follow the link to sign a petition to urge the White House to consider the abolition of the death penalty in the United States.  We have until October 23 to get 5, 000 signatures.

Written by thelittlepecan

September 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Posted in atheism

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  1. A couple of thoughts, late though they may be. Don’t be so quick to jump on the north’s ad-wagon of equality or civil/moral rights. Boston, New York, DC, Chicago, etc. have some of the worse racism issues in the country. Some cover their tracks well (*cough* Boston) and some are just pure false advertising. I speak on this after having lived, worked, and known many from those areas and have had some first-hand encounters, especially in DC. Georgia, as well as the other southern states, surely has it’s issues, but it’s not any different than any other place.

    As for your other issue, I have to disagree. First, there are some seriously sadistic SOB’s out there who will provide nothing to society, ever, period. To not have the death penalty means that you are okay with having society provide these individuals with a better living than homeless veterans (and as a veteran, that makes me sick), because it will undoubtedly come from all of our pockets for however long these people are incarcerated. You only other solution is to do what the jail system is supposed to do currently and attempt to rehabilitate them and then release them back into society, which unfortunately there is a extremely small sample size of that every working compared to thousands upon thousands of cases where it never works. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to release child molesters, murderers, and rapists just so they can do it all over again, except this time they understand the system and what not to do so they can evade capture and continue doing these things for longer. Sorry, but imo, there are certain ones that should be done away with.

    Now, where does that line get drawn and who makes that decision I have no clue. As it currently stands, I think the death penalty system could use some serious revamping and in cases such as the one stated in your post above, it probably should be removed from the table of options. I’ve read through as much info as I can from that case, and my opinion there’s enough room for doubt not to convict, but it’s not up to me.

    Either way, I hope that none of my personal opinions on this matter divide us from our mutual love of GT. THWG!

    Jesse Gregg

    November 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm

  2. I will be choosing my psyche over my home state when I’m done with school. I admire your passion for Georgia. So much about it is beautiful; however, I am very anxious to live in a place where the fundamental core of my values system is not placed in the minority.

    TIffany

    September 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    • I very much agree. I have family issues (a son and ex-husband where we coparent) that prevent me from readily leaving the state, much less the country.

      If we were even a large majority…and I actually feel that we are, but voting and activism are so apathetic here that it seems a lost cause.

      Progress happens eventually, I’m just not quite sure I have the wherewithal to wait for it to come. That makes me really sad, because there’s not place on Earth I love like the great state of Georgia.

      thelittlepecan

      September 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm

  3. “a couple of really thorough ones that included case facts”
    Do you have links for a couple of these? Everything I’ve found is almost all opinion.

    ratherdertor

    September 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm


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