13 Dec 2005 Deroy Murdock: Thoughts on Tookie Williams
Deroy Murdock, a Project 21 member, NCPPR Distinguished Fellow and Scripps-Howard syndicated columnist, has some thoughts to add to Project 21’s statement today about the scheduled execution of Stanley “Tookie” Williams:
Who knows how many people members of the Crips have killed since they were founded in the 1970s. Certainly dozens. Probably hundreds. Perhaps thousands. And what percentage of those folks were black? The Crips generally do not run around Beverly Hills and Malibu shooting their victims. That happens in Compton, Inglewood, and South Central Los Angeles. Guess who lives in those neighborhoods.It’s safe to say that, as co-founder of the Crips, “Tookie” Williams is indirectly to blame for the deaths of scores of black folks, as well as the four people he was convicted of murdering directly. No amount of “rehabilitation” compensates for his indirect or direct crimes.
I don’t care about his “children’s books,” and I doubt the families of his victims are very impressed either. If Charles Manson wrote an opera, would he qualify for parole? Tookie has written multiple books. Good for him. How many books have his four murder victims even READ over the last 26 years? Exactly zero, since they are dead. Thanks to Tookie.
As the direct author of four homicides and the indirect inspiration for hundreds more, Stanley “Tookie” Williams finally is getting what he deserves.