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  • By Thomas J. Miller-El, Texas Death Row
    Friday March 23rd, 2001, 5:57 a.m.

    Cause and Effect of the Institution of Slavery Here in America
    HERE IN AMERICA…
    THE GREAT DENIAL…
    I’ve read several of the most recent copies of the Death Row Journal, which unfolded from one of the few initial projects developed and manifested by the hard work, dedication and devotion of some seriously ambitious Texas Death Row prisoners’ passionate desire to create a very sincere and honest voice coming from the most systematically and legally oppressed group of men here in America. From this idea was born “The Lamp of Hope Project”.
    Although, nearly all the guys who were originally developers have since been executed. I’d like to salute their memory…just to name and honor a few:
    1. Carlos Santana #000695 executed on March 23rd, 1993
    2. Michael E. Sharp #000740 executed on November 19th, 1997
    3. James Beathard #000785 executed on December 9th, 1999
    4. Larry Robison #000748 executed on January 21st, 2000
    5. Billy Hughes #000556 executed on January 24th, 2001
    6. Cornelius Goss #000912 executed on February 23td, 2000
    Even though, there were many other guys not mentioned here, who made tremendous sacrifices and contributions. There are other guys who are fortunately very much alive…of whom I’m most certain can tell their story and receive their honors far better than I.
    Much like these memories of our original great ideas everything Good, Right, Honorable and Raised up in thought of Love unfolds like the bud of a Rose to show its flower. However, unfortunately, for every single action, there is also a reaction, a cause and affect. The Spirit of Love somehow attracts hate, the Spirit of Good attracts bad, the Spirit of Right attracts wrong, the Spirit of Success attracts envy, the Spirit of Money attracts greed, the Spirit of Power breeds politics, the Spirit of the Human Race breeds prejudice and the list goes on.
    So while we have Coalitions, Abolitions, Hopes of Cures, Lamp of Hopes, so forth and so on. There is no True Spirit of Love, Humanitarian conviction – strong enough to overcome the disharmony, lack of unity, selfishness in self-centeredness, prejudice, racism, the religious, economical, political, social and academic differences. Therefore there is no True Spirit of Networking for a Cause, a Principle, a Purpose nor a Spirit far Greater than our selfish selves. Enslaved deeply within the Spirit of our very own self-righteousness, and feelings of materialistic superiority.
    Look in the mirror where chattel slavery once ruled openly, it now rules within our own denial. Look around you and you’ll see an America everywhere divided along racial, political, religious, economical, academic, social, materialistic and other lines of Love and hate slavery.
    While we all look for scapegoats, someone else to blame for our very own indoctrinal disease. Because of our very own lack of initiative, and refusal to take on and shoulder our very own responsibility…so thoroughly in denial we blame, the unborn baby, the child, the teacher, the school, the minister, the church, the homosexual, the Blacks, the Whites, the criminal, the condemned, the drugs, the alcohol, the gang, the television, and yet in still we want “Justice For All”. The Republicans blame the Democrats and Liberals and in reverse order.
    Nobody wish to blame the deeply embedded hatred and the ongoing need for revenge. Where is the Love and the reconciliation? Can we trust ourselves to ever find the Love, the Spirit of Love…which is needed for us all to thoroughly overcome our very own condition of materialistic skavery. As one form of slavery gradually breeds another, until both the masters and the slaves are actually one and the same.
    Look in the mirror, America, as it is now you who have become the same savage who first discovered and defined the native Americans as savages…As you gradually stole their land, lives and their freedom. Now, where is your freedom to determine Right from wrong – free of all political pressures. An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth has left America blind and without teeth.
    In loving Memory of our Dead!
    A moment of Silence.

    By Thomas J. Miller-El #000834