Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Large crowd at Tookie's Funeral.

Nation: As the mourn the death of a man who caused one of the most destructive plagues that has ever hit the black community. peace out.

Mourners overflowed a church today for the funeral of executed murderer and Crips gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, listening to eulogies by hip-hop star Snoop Dogg and Rev. Jesse Jackson and a recording of Williams urging peace. As police watched, mourners including gang members flashing hand signs gathered at the 1,500-seat Bethel AME Church in South Los Angeles and in a parking lot where a TV showed the funeral for Williams, who was executed Dec. 13 despite a celebrity-studded campaign for clemency. Snoop Dogg recited a poem, "Until We Meet Again," in which he referred to the execution. "It's nine-fifteen on twelve-thirteen and another black king will be taken from the scene," he said. A stanza that stated, "I don't believe Stan did it," drew wild applause in the parking lot. Jackson said that at the end Williams saw himself as a "healer, not a predator," and a message recorded by the condemned man in prison was played for the mourners. "The war within me is over. I battled my demons and I was triumphant," Williams said on the tape, in which he asked listeners to spread a message to loved ones. "Teach them how to avoid our destructive footsteps. Teach them to strive for higher education. Teach them to promote peace and teach them to focus on rebuilding the neighborhoods that you, others and I helped to destroy," he said. Jackson spoke at length against the capital punishment. "Tookie is dead. We're not safer, we're not more secure, we're not more humane," Jackson said. Bruce Gordon, head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, pledged in a taped message to redouble efforts against the "unjust application of the death penalty." "I only knew Stanley Williams for 26 days," he said. "I didn't know the man who was convicted but I do know the man who was redeemed." Motivational guru Tony Robbins told the mourners he also only knew Williams for a short time but said that "I have so much rage and so much anger" at his execution. Several dozen gang members wearing blue attire associated with Crips gangs watched the funeral in the parking lot. One, who identified himself as "Killowatt the Third," age 33, estimated there were 20 to 30 Crips "sets" there to honor Williams. "That's my role model, man. That's the CEO of the Crips," he said.
Video at the link above and Yahoo AP photos here. The hell is Tony Robbins doing there? Looking at the photos, not exactly a star studded lineup as they said last week. This quote from later in the article ticks me off.
Al Birdsong, 54, a school security officer who waited for hours to get into the funeral, said Williams did not deserve to be executed after more than two decades in prison. "I'm here to pay my respects to humanity, and that goes to Tookie and everyone else they do in. . . . What if it was your son?" Birdsong said. "He's no different from any other human being. We all made mistakes."
No, If I meant to write a check for $100 but I wrote $1000 instead and didn't catch it...that is a mistake. Tookie didn't mistakely become a gangbanger, he didn't kill people by mistake or lived his life as a criminal by accident. All of those were choices he made and he paid for his destructive choices.

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