It almost defies words.
What is it that drives celebrities to the brink of hysteria over the execution death of a quadruple murderer and the founder of a mass-murdering street gang?
What can you say about people hell-bent on sparing the life of a man convicted of the 1979 murders of a convenience-store clerk and two motel owners and their daughter during separate robberies – and then bragging about the killings?
Why does one even need to point out the hypocrisy and immorality of holding up this kind of human scum as a role model and hero, while not lifting a finger to memorialize, let alone bring restitution, to the victims of those crimes?
These are some of the questions racing through my mind as I observe a movement to save the life of Stanley “Tookie” Williams approaching critical full-tilt boogie in the late, great state of California.
Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams
Here’s all you really need to know about “Tookie” Williams:
In 1971, he founded the notorious Crips street gang, responsible directly for the deaths of hundreds worldwide, indirectly thousands. Today, there are tens of thousands of members of this organized criminal enterprise known for dealing deadly drugs to children and drive-by shootings.
Ten years later, he was convicted by a Los Angeles, Calif., jury of the 1979 murders of Yen-I Yang, a 65-year-old motel owner, his wife, Tsai-Shai Chen Yang, 62, and their daughter, Yu-Chin Yang Lin, 42. They were Taiwanese who owned the Brookhaven Motel on Vermont Avenue.
A sheriff’s homicide investigator remembered noting how two of the three victims were elderly and could have posed no threat and that all three were tiny in stature.
“I couldn’t understand it,” said Sgt. David Longshore.
He was also convicted of a murder that took place 11 days earlier, when he walked into a 7-Eleven store in Pico Rivera at 4 a.m., forced Albert Lewis Owens to kneel in a storeroom and fired a 12-gauge shotgun at close range into his back.
Afterward, an accomplice turned informer said Williams boasted that he “blew some white guy away, shot him in the back, for $63.”
Owens was 26.
When you read the stories about celebrities such as Bianca Jagger, Jesse Jackson, Mike Farrell, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Jamie Foxx decrying the injustice of Williams scheduled execution by lethal injection Dec. 13, note that you not will see any mention of the victims of his crimes.
What you will hear about, however, is the fact that Williams has supposedly rehabilitated himself in prison by becoming a Muslim, being embraced by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, writing children’s books and being nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.
By the way, his “rehabilitation” includes an absolute refusal to accept any guilt for his crimes – no remorse, no confession, no penitence, no acknowledgement.
The testimonials have been touching, indeed.
Snoop Doggy Dogg managed, remarkably, to utter 13 words in his defense without using a profanity, vulgarity or obscenity: “He is an inspirator. He is inspiring to me. And I inspire millions.”
Snoop Doggy Dogg
The multimillionaire rapper is himself a former member of the Crips and glorifies killing cops, abusing women and the street gang life in his filthy, virtually unintelligible “lyrics” – in between Chrysler commercials with Lee Iacocca.
The rhetoric in support of Tookie Williams is getting more animated daily. Some say he’s innocent. Some say he was tried not for the murders, but for his gang activities. Some say he couldn’t afford good lawyers. Others say the death penalty is just wrong in all cases.
I fear all of this hyperventilating is leading to an all-too-familiar denouement. Riots in Los Angeles have been touched off for less than the execution of this kind of monster. Is that the real goal of these celebrities? Or do they really believe the fairytale they have concocted about Tookie Williams?
Either way, a larger question looms: How is it that we have come to live in a world where right is wrong, up is down, black is white and north is south?
It’s time for these celebrities to shut up. And it’s time for justice to be served – at long last – for Tookie Williams.