Wednesday, November 23, 2005
December 13, 2005: Stanley "Tookie" Williams will die (part 4 of a series)
I don't know why a major news organization such as Reuter would give Cannick the time of day, but I'm guessing it's because the words "racist" and "riot" appear in her press release. There's nothing racist about John and Ken's "Tookie Must Die" campaign. Cannick is trying to draw some comparison by saying that if a radio station ran a campaign calling for the assassination of President Bush, then the station would be in trouble. You better believe they would be, and I can't think of a single reason why they shouldn't be. However, we're not talking about killing the President of the free world --- we're talking about a fully legal, voted on (by a jury of twelve) execution for a criminal who not only created one of the worst street gangs in history, but a killer who murdered four people in cold blood. If Cannick can't figure this out on her own, I don't even know what to tell you.
Supporters of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the street gang leader and convicted killer facing execution in three weeks, have filed a federal complaint against a Los Angeles radio station for a "Tookie Must Die" campaign by two talk-show hosts.
The Federal Communications Commission complaint, dated Tuesday, charges "racist and inflammatory statements" by KFI AM talk-show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou and comes amid an escalating political battle over Williams, who has been embraced by death-penalty activists and some celebrities.
Williams, 51, the Crips gang founder, is scheduled to die on December 13 unless granted clemency by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Williams was convicted of shooting Albert Lewis Owens to death during a February 27, 1979, convenience store holdup and of killing three members of Asian-American family while robbing their motel.
"If any other radio station set aside an hour as 'President Bush Must Die' and set forth in that hour to incite a riot among people and to call for the death of the president, that station would be in trouble," Williams supporter Jasmyne Cannick wrote to the FCC. "There is no difference with the 'Tookie Must Die/ Kill Tookie' hour on KFI 640 AM."
Cannick said Kobylt and Chiampou were being racially insensitive by calling for the execution of Williams, who is black, in a city that saw more than 50 people die in race riots after the 1992 acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers in the racially charged Rodney King case.
- Previous posts:
- December 13, 2005: Stanley "Tookie" Williams will die
- December 13, 2005: Stanley "Tookie" Williams will die (part 2 of a series)
- December 13, 2005: Stanley "Tookie" Williams will die (part 3 of a series)