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I’ll Have That To Go

September 24th, 2011 by Magdalena Tabor
Imagine ordering the following meal:
Two Chicken Fried Steaks Smothered In Gravy With Sliced Onions
A Triple-Meat Bacon Cheeseburger
A Cheese Omelet
A Large Bowl Of Fried Okra With Ketchup
Three Fajitas
A Pint Of Blue Bell Ice Cream
A Pound Of BBQ With A Half Loaf Of White Bread
A Slab Of Peanut Butter Fudge With Crushed Peanuts
A Pizza
Three Root Beers
Sound like a lot to eat in one sitting? I can assure you, this was not an order of food for a group of people, but for one man who then decided he didn’t want it. Texas inmate, Lawrence Russell Brewer’s last meal was requested Wednesday, September 21st before he was executed by lethal injection for the dragging death of James Byrd Jr in 1998. Brewer was one of three involved in Byrd’s death and the first of two to be executed. John William King remains on death row while Shawn Allen Berry’s involvement as the driver of the vehicle used as the instrument of torture, was sentenced to life behind bars. The three men offered to drive Byrd home but instead he was derailed and taken to a remote country road where he was brutally beaten before being shackled by his ankles   to the bumper of a pick-up truck and dragged for three miles. Byrd died after his right arm and head were severed during the drive. They then dumped his body in front of an African American cemetery before attending a BBQ. The next morning authorites found 75 places littered with Byrd’s remains. The crime was racially motivated in that at least two of the killers were known white supremacists.
Why would a man who is sentenced to die for such a heinous act be extended the offer and served a meal of his choice? When hate is comprised of this man’s menu? When, in 13 years, he has suffered no remorse? The day before Brewer was executed, a Houston news station quotes him as saying, “As far as any regrets, no, I have no regrets. No, I’d do it all over again, to tell you the truth.”
Thank you, Senator John Whitmore, for having the common sense to spur the end of the last meal privilege to death row inmates in the state of Texas. If only the rest of the nation will follow this example. Think of it; at a time when this nation is so financially stressed, we are paying to take this guy (and countless others) out to dinner while depriving decent, law abiding, impoverished Americans the money to feed themselves and their families. And why, on God’s good earth, would we pay for dental to have convicted criminals eat their meals in the first place? Many Americans cannot afford the luxury of getting their teeth capped unless they go to prison.
Wake up, America. Don’t you hear the snickering behind your back? No, I believe the rest of the world is laughing outright in our faces. Time for a change. Let’s do away with the Happy Meal.
So……………..whadayathink? Should people be given extra privileges when incarcerated? Where do we draw the line in easing their comfort?

 

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6 Responses to “I’ll Have That To Go”

  1. le duke de fromage Says:

    MAGDALENA, Facing execution, the last thing on my mind would be food. More likely my order would consist of 4 valium and a glass of water. But the custom of a last meal goes back to ancient Greek and Roman times.The person comdemned would be offered a meal in order to show his forgivness of his accusers. In modern times the last meal has been sensationalized by movies, books, t.v. etc. almost to the point where people believe it is a given right. Some foreign countries do allow a last meal or in some cases it it just an alcohol drink or a last smoke.
    The practice or rite appears to be gradually being phased out or minimized due to social or economic reasons. The executions themselves are becoming a rare event beset by social pressure , from well meaning but often agenda ridden groups.

  2. magdalena Says:

    Thank you, le duke de fromage, for shedding some light on this little known fact. In medieval times, the person about to be executed by the swordsman would hand him a coin for the same reason. The executioner formally asked for forgiveness and the condemned would comply by giving him a coin in the hope that he would “strike true”.

  3. rafael Says:

    good post. That burger looks tasty…

  4. carl Says:

    good read – nice burger

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