“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -MLK
“Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
The Death Penalty in this nation is the watering mouth, fed by suspicion, avarice or indifference. When the story of Brandon Bernard came across my TikTok (@whatjayesaid), I was horrified. Unsurprised, but horrified none the less. Let me me give you a quick run down (taken courtesy of the site helpsavebrandon.com):
Brandon Bernard was sentenced to death for a crime committed in 1999, when he was only 18 years old. As an accomplice, he did not have a leading role in that crime, and he has demonstrated positive behavior throughout his 20 years of incarceration, even reaching out to others and counseling them not to follow in his path. When critical charging and sentencing decisions were made in his case, both the Government and the jurors had an incomplete picture of Brandon and the offense. Today, five of the nine surviving jurors no longer believe that a death sentence is necessary for Brandon AND one of Brandon’s former prosecutors who worked to uphold his sentence, now wants his life to be spared.
Make no mistake–the scripture I quoted still stands and is valid. However, since Brandon did not kill anyone, he was only a witness, and has spent the last 20 years trying to be a better human being, while warning other people about how final some decisions can be! The attorneys, jurors and reporters have agreed that to execute Brandon–to murder him!–would be a great stain on the justice system! Since this is a federal crime, it demands federal attention!
I know that we are less than 50 days from the administration of the 46th President Joseph R. Biden, but Brandon doesn’t have until January–He has until December 10, 2020! Yet, Torches, it is important that we try! We cannot sit idly by while this man is murdered and the world around us call it justice! We know the current occupant of the White House is a bigot, lacks empathy and is devoid of character. I know this. You all know this. We ALL know this–but we must try! Yet, he knows the power of optics! President 45 knows the power of optics, and I appeal all of you to help put pressure on the federal government to do something! I cannot be a Firestarter, I cannot be an activist, I cannot be a mother and just do nothing!
I encourage you to help this cause. I urge you to become aware of just skewed the criminal justice system is! If you have ever shared, shouted or advocated for Black Lives Matter–then you should have no problem being a part of this! Black Lives Matter from womb to tomb and all points in between!
Help us to save Brandon!
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Note: I know that Orange Thanos is ramping up all federal executions, the last to be on January 15, 2021, 5 days before the Inauguration of President Biden…on Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. We are not ignorant, but we will not be a lame duck as he is!