Stanley Tookie Williams Essay

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Stanley Tookie Williams III was born on December 29, 1953 in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the age of six he moved to South Central's West Side neighborhood in Los Angeles. He was known as a fighter and running the streets of South Central's Westside. He attended John C. Freemont High School but was expelled and never graduated. The Crips started when the Baby Avenues were formed by Ray Washington in 1969. Tookie joined him in 1971 and formed the West side portion of what is now known as the Crips. The Crips were initially started to eliminate all street gangs and create a strong neighborhood watch. Tookie said "we started out to, in a sense—address all of the so-called neighboring gangs in the area and I thought I could cleanse the…show more content…
The jury recommended the Death Penalty and the judge accepted the recommendation and sentenced him to death. Once he was sent to jail he got put in solitary confinement and remained there for 6 and a half years. He then started on his great path to Redemption. He wrote several children's books advocating non-violence and positive alternatives to gangs. In 1997 he wrote and posted an apology on his website for forming the Crips. Tookie Williams was reportedly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year from 2001 to 2005. Nominations came from a member of the Swiss Parliament and four times by Notre Dame University Philosophy and Religion Professor. He was also nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature by a Brown University Professor of English Literature. Then, in 2004 he helped broker a peace agreement called, The Tookie Protocol for Peace, for what had been one of the deadliest and most infamous gang wars in the country, between the Bloods and the Crips. Tookie Williams received a letter from U.S. President George W. Bush commending him for his social activism, one of some 267,000 "Call to Service Awards" that were sent out. However, Bush was not able to grant him clemency, since his conviction could only be pardoned by the governor of the State he is convicted in. The only person able to drop his charges was the Governor of California who is presently still in office;
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