Cynthia Tucker has an op-ed on The Grio in which she speculates that Troy Davis is not only a victim of racism, but of class discrimination as well.
Tucker argues that class and not race was the critical factor in Troy Davis’s conviction and execution, and that if Davis was a middle class African American, he would not be in this predicament.
The Grio reports:
If Troy Davis had been a high school principal or a funeral home director or the proprietor of a soul food restaurant, he probably wouldn’t have landed in the middle of an investigation into a police officer’s murder. Had he been a member of Savannah’s black middle-class, he likely would have been treated with a bit more deference by the criminal justice system.
But Davis was none of those things. While he grew up working class, he dropped out of high school, his family says, to care for an ailing sister. And he hung out in neighborhood pool halls and beer joints with the aimless and the marginalized, people who had their own troubles with the law.