Black Woman Texas’ 500th Execution
By Akwasi Evans
“What a waste of a beautiful girl, Oh my God, what a waste of a beautiful people.
You express concern, you pretend to understand.
You write treatise and manifesto on the holy sanctity of life.
Yet every day of your life, of each of your lives, you murder another individual.
Hypocrite, you mothering hypocrite.
You are blind to the self induced ravages of your Weltanschauung.”
Excerpt for A Last Letter to Western Civilization
Anti-death penalty activists from Houston and Dallas piled onto buses Wednesday, June 26, in route to Huntsville to protest the execution of Kimberly McCarthy. McCarthy became the 500th death row inmate executed in Texas since the state reintroduced the death penalty in 1982.
McCarthy, 52, was executed for the murder of Dorothy Booth; a 71-year-old retired college psychology professor in 1997. McCarthy was a 36-year old cocaine addict who lived near Booth. She is alleged to have gone to Booth home to borrow a cup of sugar, but when the elderly lady let her in the house, McCarthy attacked the woman beating her with a candelabra and stabbing her with a butcher knife in the professor’s Lancaster home south of Dallas. McCarthy also cut off one of Booth’s fingers to steal her wedding ring.
Protesters of the execution carried signs saying, “Protest the 500th Execution” and “Stop All Executions.” As the execution was being carried out they sang, “Wade in the Water.”
Family member expressed relief after waiting 16 years. ”It doesn’t matter if this is the 500th execution or not,” said Randall Browning, Booth’s godson. “We’re just thinking about the justice that was promised to us by the state of Texas.”
Before drawing her last breath McCarthy looked up and said, “This is not a loss. This is a win. You know where I’m going. I’m going home to be with Jesus. Keep the faith. I love you all,” she ended.
McCarthy was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m. CDT, 20 minutes after Texas prison officials began administering a single, lethal dose of pentobarbital.
Texas is the killing capital of the world. The state has carried out almost 40 percent of all U.S. executions since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. Eighteen states plus the District of Columbia have outlawed the death penalty. Thirty-four still use it, but none as frequently as Texas.