If I am Troy Davis, I Failed Troy Davis: Abolishing the Death Penalty through an Antiracist People’s Geography

  • Nik Heynen University of Georgia
Keywords: Death penalty, Abolition Democracy

Abstract

In the wake of Georgia’s execution of Troy Davis, the importance of antiracist geographic thought has become ever more pertinent for clarifying how democratic politics and a people’s geography can help to bring about the abolition of the death penalty in the U.S.  This paper seeks to engage the painful historical-geographical legacies of white supremacism and the ways it has enabled capital punishment with an eye to moving toward a less violent and less dehumanizing state.  More specifically, I imagine my historical-geographical engagement to provide a foundation from which to discuss putting into motion more deliberately what W.E.B. DuBois referred to as “Abolition Democracy”.  In realizing the potential of DuBois’ notion of abolition democracy though, I will suggest more geographical attention to the ways racialized geographies have not been as explicitly connected to the notion of a people’s geography.

Author Biography

Nik Heynen, University of Georgia
Professor, Department of Geography
Published
2015-12-20
How to Cite
Heynen, Nik. 2015. “If I Am Troy Davis, I Failed Troy Davis: Abolishing the Death Penalty through an Antiracist People’s Geography”. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 14 (4), 1066-82. https://acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/1084.