Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Will Violence Strike In Aftermath Of Execution?

It’s very early Wednesday morning, the day after the execution of gang founder and convicted murder Stanley “Tookie” Williams, and expectations of violence in the city of Los Angeles are high.

As a former resident and native of the area, with family still there, I have a vested interest in how the events back home will pan out. It is very possible that the legacy of death and destruction left by Mr. Williams will not end with his lethal injection Tuesday Morning and in fact it is nearly certain there will be retaliation.

Even though 73% of Americans believed his execution was the right thing to do, that was a CNN.com poll and gang members don’t vote on internet polls. Contrary to popular belief of course.

Make no mistake, this is a racial issue. Had Mr. Williams been a white man who started a skinhead gang none would have questioned his execution. Also, had he not been a poor black man he might not have gotten such a harsh sentence. Reality is grim and never politically correct.

Now, however, none of the previous arguments matter in the least. What we face is reality and reality is growing racial tensions in this nation and a catalyst that is certain to spark violence. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if parts of Los Angeles burned to the ground before the weeks end.

But will it happen? It would say a lot about an entire generation if it didn’t. It would show that we are not going to follow in the footsteps and idiocy of the previous generations that did indeed burn down a lot of the city.

Even outside of Los Angeles the possibility of gang violence has been raised significantly. There are no doubts that somewhere some kid will do something stupid because of the events of earlier this evening. That alone is a sad commentary on life in the 21rst century.

In the end it all comes down to human nature and that dictates that some people will lash out violently against the wrong victims. I predict violence. Probably some of the worst violence we have seen on our own soil in decades. Let’s just hope it doesn’t get too out of hand.


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