Troy Davis and Twitter: Celebrity Reactions

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Troy Davis and Twitter

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The case of Troy Davis, who's scheduled to be executed tonight by the state of Georgia for the murder of an off-duty police officer, has inspired outrage and set a fire under many black celebrities. Outkast rapper Big Boi rallied his Twitter followers to protest at the Jackson, Ga., prison where Davis, who supporters say deserves clemency because of insufficient evidence, is being held. Many others, notably Russell Simmons, have tweeted out their support. Here's what they had to say.

Reasonable Doubt

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Russell Simmons: I'm not saying #troydavis is innocent.  There is just
#toomuchdoubt. We don't execute people w/ this much doubt.

More than Words

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Big Boi: BreakingNews!!! We're not waiting until 4:00pm we leaving Atlanta RIGHT NOW#Troydavis meet me in Jackson GA!!! 40 miles away

Exhibit A

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Tavis Smiley: The case of Troy Davis is Exhibit A for why the death penalty in America needs to be overturned. You can't undo killing the wrong person.

A Failed System

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Solange Knowles: Signed two petitions against #TroyDavis execution. Disbelief
in the system. In disbelief that i'm in disbelief.

A Clear Injustice

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The Rev. Al Sharpton: I was just notified that clemency was denied Troy Davis. This is the most blatant example of injustice I have seen in years. This is WRONG.

Venting

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Kim Kardashian: I want to vent about the execution of Troy Davis! He is getting the death penalty tonight but I believe he is innocent!!!#TooMuchDoubt

Judgment Day

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Kimora Lee: Only God Can Judge Me!! Save #TroyDavis! #TooMuchDoubt

Twitter Cynicism

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Touré: I care about Troy Davis. I don't want the brother to be executed. But
I don't think tweeting about him will save his life.

Conspiracy Theories

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Questlove: is twitter blocking #TroyDavis from trending? that would be a travesty.

Heated

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Kevin Powell: I am heading to Bikram Yoga class with Troy Davis and what it means to be made in America on my mind. I offer this… http://t.co/TTCYnf7n

This Isn't TV

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Terry McMillan: On every crime show on TV you need forensic evidence to solve a crime. There was none that identified Troy Davis. This is real life.

Keep PUSHing

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.: The Rainbow PUSH Coalition Continues to Show Support for Troy Davis #SaveTroyDavis #KHA http://bit.ly/pGmCN8

Undeserving

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Cornel West: I stand in solidarity with brother Troy Davis. It’s just not right!! The brother doesn't deserve to die! http://ow.ly/6zQrc

Fighting the Power

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Free: Happy to see people protesting in ATlanta!!! re: #TroyDavis

History Repeating

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T.J. Holmes: This is 4th time n the past 5 yrs Troy Davis woke up believing it would be the day he would die. Will anything stop his execution this time?

Pleading With the President

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Busta Rhymes: President @BarackObama Please help us #StopTheExecution of #TroyDavis!! What ever u do. Thank u sincerely.

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