Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has written a letter to the governor’s office and parole board on behalf of calling for the release of Julius Jones.
Jones is a black man on death row who was sentenced to death for the murder of Paul Howell in 1999.
Reported by Sean Gregory of Time.com “Current events are shining a much-needed light on deep-seated prejudices and systemic mistreatment of black people, and it is my sincere hope that the cultural movements of today will lead to significant social changes that will create a better tomorrow,” writes Prescott, 27, who is entering his fifth NFL season. “To that end, you all are in the unique position of being able to make a direct impact by addressing a specific miscarriage of justice.”
Injustice continues to plague many African Americans who tears have yet to be wiped since the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Botham Jean, and many others. Prescott has taken it up to a different level with his activism and role on the basis of true justice. Throughout this pandemic, many athletes have engaged in ways to bring about social justice or change in their own ways.
Prescott went on further in his letter detailing how Jones could be a man who was unjustly punished for something he might have not done.
“After reviewing the facts of the Julius Jones case, I firmly believe the wrong person is being punished for this terrible crime; furthermore, an evaluation of the process that led to Mr. Jones’ conviction raises serious legal and ethical concerns. I implore you to right this wrong. Please don’t let another innocent black man die from the systemic mistreatment that has plagued our nation for far too long.”
Black people have been victims for centuries of false accusations or claims that cost them their lives when it came to alleged crimes against white people. There would be no way during Jim Crow a black man could beat this case even if a cop shot himself and a false white witness blamed it on the black man.
Like Jones, there are many other black men incarcerated for crimes they allegedly committed such as Jalil Muntaqim, a former Black Panther Party member who tested positive for COVID-19 per refinery29.com.
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