Amanda Knox and Troy Davis

Dear Editor:    

Let us acknowledge that if we fairly scrutinize the Troy Davis and Amanda 
Knox cases, we would see an example of present-day racism.    

Knox’s case and family receive 24-hour-a-day coverage with the obvious 
assumption that she is innocent and a victim of a miscarriage of justice.  
Her parents have been so courted and interviewed by the mainstream (no longer 
news) anchors that they are treated as friends and are called by their first 

Conversely, these media anchors probably do not know, or care, that Troy 
Davis has a sister, family, friends, and international support who should 
have been given the same opportunity to fight his case in the same “unbiased, 
free, and liberal” media. 

The anchors stress that there is no DNA evidence to connect Knox to the 
murder and that the witnesses were not credible or reliable.  The same is 
true of the Troy Davis case, yet the media did not drum these facts about his 
case to the people of the United States. 

The anchors explained the Italian court system in detail to the American 
public, outlining ways Knox could benefit in her appeal under the Italian 
system of jurisprudence.  Troy Davis’s appeal did not benefit him because the 
five people (Georgia’s Pardon/Parole Board) who could have stopped his 
execution worked for the State of Georgia against him.  The unfairness of the 
criminal, criminal injustice system
of the United States was never explained in detail as it pertains to the Troy 
Davis execution.   

Troy Davis’s state lynching was a result of police and judicial coercion, 
threats, and abuse of witnesses; the state’s withholding or tampering with 
evidence which would have caused the jury to doubt his alleged guilt (later, 
many of the jurors did change their minds); and
the state’s quest to kill any black man for the death of a white police

Troy Davis and his followers did not have a chance.  Since the 1500s, poor 
black men and their families have been trapped and tortured in an unfair 
system of laws, written and approved (until very recently) by white males.  
The racism in the corporate media and the criminal, criminal injustice system 
of the United States is pervasive and obvious.  We should work to change both 
systems to protect people and preserve life, and to fix what the Founding 
Fathers started centuries ago. 

Charlotte N.
Harris, Philadelphia 





















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  • Chicago-Midwest

    I've witnessed The Amanda Knox case, because it was thrown in my face on television. I have said the same thing, the media puts a lot of attention on white people than black people; unless its a horrific crime like; the student attack in Chicago. The media continues to do this, why? Are white people, more important than black people? Is it the money that is involved? Hmm, I wandered...I keep going back to The Mitrice Richardson Case. A attractive black woman, who was reported missing, after coming from The Sheriffs' Dept. in California. Parents weren't notified, or anything. She was found dead; identified the skull. THERE IS NO JUSTICE, AND IT WILL NEVER BE...WE GOT TO GET JUSTICE OURSELVES...FREEDOM OR DEATH!

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