When 15-year-old Derrick Gaines was executed by killer cop Joshua Cabillo of SSFPD, the students of South San Francisco High School celebrating Derrick’s 24th birthday now would have been only eight or nine years old. The youths honoring of their murdered friend counters sharply to the SFPD hiring of killer cop Joshua Cabillo.
As the mother of a young Black man whom I pray for nightly and worry daily about his life being violently ended senselessly either by someone marginalized by the unjust social structure of U.S. life or by some rogue officer of the law or one pretending to be a policeman, I offer my sincerest condolences to the Martin family and friends over the loss of their son Trayvon.
Whether or not you approve of capital punishment is irrelevant as long as minorities are executed with alarming disparities. Whether you approve or not is of secondary concern when people like Mumia Abu Jamal, myself and many others are convicted and sentenced to die with evidence that would exonerate ‘most any white man. As such, every single progressive organization should oppose the death penalty as we now know it.