Un-Justice

Killing someone is horrible. So horrible, in fact, that we kill people for doing it. Most developed nations have forbid it, but pssh… we aren’t most developed nations. We are The United States of America. We are the keepers of justice, the spreaders of democracy, and the home of the drive thru restaurant.

As I’m writing this, someone was executed no more than a half a mile from where you’re reading this. Today, there’s going to be one more. Since 1982, there have been 400 plus executions, all of which were a minute’s walk from campus.

Obviously, Huntsville is a prison town. But have you actually thought about what that means?

In any other location, if there were people killed on a constant basis as they are here, people may have issue. But not us. We live our lives without as much as a flinch. Have we become desensitized to this? Or do we just believe in the cause? Or do we even care?

Today, Kenneth Foster Jr. will take his last breath. This morning was his last sunrise. And today, his physical existence will cease. However you want to say it, Kenneth Foster Jr. is going to die today.

It’s a bit chilling to write.

In normal circumstances, one shouldn’t know the time of one’s death. Imagine the agony. You think you have test anxiety?

Kenneth Foster’s execution situation is a bit unique compared to the typical circumstance. Unlike the vast majority of people who are killed by the state, Foster didn’t kill anybody.

Foster falls victim to a controversial Texas law known as the law of parties. Basically, the law makes it so that anyone involved with a crime where murder occurs eligible for the death penalty. There’s no question about whether Foster killed someone. It was concluded that he didn’t, but that doesn’t matter. His being there was enough to warrant the death penalty.

By killing someone on a technicality, we could be opening a Pandora’s Box of problems for ourselves. Where do we draw the line? Up until this point, we’ve accepted the justification of capital punishment. We’ve bought into the “eye for an eye” type mentality, but this doesn’t fall under that reasoning, because Foster had less to do with something’s “eye,” or more to do with being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Personally, I’m pro-capital punishment. I think that someone who has committed a violent, or inhumane crime should be punished accordingly. But as we start to get more liberal with whom we kill, there are more ethical questions that should be addressed.

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