Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Case of Rodney Reed

During the four years I lived in Austin, Texas and participated in the local anti-death penalty movement, one of the most troubling cases around which I organized was that of Rodney Reed. Consider this mise en scene: A black man (Rodney) convicted of raping and murdering the white fiancé (Stacey Stites) of a local white police officer (Jimmy Fennell) who is presently serving time for an unrelated rape/kidnapping conviction. The story that unfolds is every bit as provocative as this eerily familiar southern equation suggests. It is the ghost of Jim Crow on a stick; a Texas version of To Kill a Mockingbird.

You can learn more details about the Reed case from this excellent piece of investigative journalism from the Austin Chronicle. There's more concise information to be found at this activist website.

For everything unique about the Reed case, there are many more that are tragically familiar. Please take a moment to learn more about the case and sign this petition.

(If you have already signed a petition in the past for Rodney, please not that this one is a) NEW and b) part of an official national campaign around his case. In other words, please sign it!)