Real Justice, not Cowboy Justice, for Rodney Reed!

Kevin Cooper
By: Kevin Cooper

Kevin Cooper is an innocent man on California death row and and a longtime activist with the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. His case is the subject of the book Scapegoat: The Chino Hill Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper by J. Patrick O'Connor. Here he offers these words of solidarity for innocent Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed.


Mr. Rodney Reed, who is an innocent African American Man on death row in the state of Tex-ass (Texas), is in the fight of his life, for his life! He and his family are doing something within a state that has a proven historical record of the fact that it cannot, and for the most part has never been fair to him it its judicial system.

Since its founding, the state of Tex-ass (Texas) has shown that it cannot on its own be fair to all of its citizens. Especially its poor and minority citizens. It now must be forced to do so in the tortured case of Rodney Reed.

Tex-ass (Texas) loves to hand out cowboy justice, which in fact is no justice at all! We want and demand that this cowboy mentality be set aside so that Mr. Rodney Reed and his family can once and for all receive real justice within this case, because it's screaming out for real Justice!

How can the state of Tex-ass (Texas) honestly claim to be correct in the case of Mr. Rodney Reed when there is so much evidence that not only undercuts or undermines all that the state has said and is saying, but helps to prove all what Mr. Rodney Reed and his family, attorney(s) and supporters are saying?!

How can the state of Tex-ass (Texas) claim to be so right in any case, especially this one, when history has proven that they have in fact been so wrong in so many other cases in the past and have in fact executed innocent people! Many of those cases had less evidence supporting those people that Mr. Rodney Reed has within his case!

America as a whole, and Tex-ass (Texas) especially, manages inhumanity very well, just as long as it's kept isolated to the poor and minorities and kept away from its middle and upper classes within its state and this country.

This is why, beside its arrogance, that the state of Tex-ass (Texas) feels so comfortable denying Mr. Rodney Reed not only his constitutional rights, but also his day in court, as well as his universal right to life. All Mr. Rodney Reed is asking for is what those so-called founding fathers said we citizens of this country are allowed to have, what we are entitled to have, which is this: a fair trial, and a trial free from governmental interference. None of which Mr. Rodney Reed has ever had in his case in Tex-ass (Texas)!

It is way past time for Tex-ass (Texas) to do the right thing in this case of Mr. Rodney Reed! We are here to say to them and to all who need to be told, that despite the historical and ongoing mindset of certain people in power, the lives of Black people do have value within this world, country and state of Tex-ass (Texas), especially that of Mr. Rodney Reed!

In Struggle & Solidarity,

Kevin Cooper