The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

STANLEY WILLIAMS AKA TOOKIE: There’s been a lot said and written these past few weeks on the life and death of Stanley “Tookie” Williams, the Los Angeles gang leader who later turned against the gang life and wrote books warning children of the dangers of gangs. I won’t bore everyone by adding a long commentary to the already vast sea of verbiage surrounding the man and his case; he is dead and there is no point to it. But I was struck by one thing, though; the day California put Williams to death two young men, ages 14 and 17, died in Los Angeles as a result of gang-related violence. Perhaps the best, and most apt, comment on Stanley Williams and his life came some four hundred years before Williams was born. “The evil that men do lives after them,” Julius Caesar says in Shakespeare’s eponymous play, “the good is oft interred with their bones.”


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