Fuck You, Texas You Evil Shithole

A Texas man convicted of killing a police informant has been executed after the US supreme court rejected arguments that he was too mentally impaired to receive the death penalty.

Marvin Wilson, 54, was pronounced dead 14 minutes after his lethal injection began at the state prison in Huntsville on Tuesday night. Wilson’s attorneys had argued that he should have been exempt from capital punishment because of his low IQ.

Before the lethal drugs were administered Wilson smiled and raised his head from the death-chamber gurney, nodding to his three sisters and son as they watched through a window a few metres away. He told them several times that he loved them and asked that they give his mother “a big hug”.

“Y’all do understand that I came here a sinner and leaving a saint,” he said. “Take me home Jesus, take me home Lord, take me home Lord!”

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Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

11 thoughts on “Fuck You, Texas You Evil Shithole”

  1. While I too deplore the death penalty, I actually found the Texans I met on a trip to Austin a few years back unbelievably friendly, surprisingly knowledgeable about Canada and very much in tune with the finer points of their communities (like the arts, architecture, sustainability etc.)…and while I didn’t end up discussing the finer points of political issues like the death penalty, I’m sure many in that state have issues with it. Like Steve Earle for one. So while I know you have trouble resisting Tourettes-like taglines to quell your rage (or get in touch with your inner 12 year old?) I’d hate to generalize ALL of Texas as a fist-pumping mass of death-penalty advocates. So maybe enlighten me…exactly what does a tagline like “Fuck You, Texas You Evil Shithole” set out to accomplish or attempt to impress? Perhaps the editor needs an editor.

  2. Mr. Wilson’s appeal was based around one test done in 2004 which showed that he had an IQ of 61 (below the usual cut off of 71). The state attorney argued that Wilson’s claim was based on a single possibly faulty test and that his mental impairment claim was not supported by other tests and assessments over the years.

    This seems like a sensible argument to make consider that Mr. Wilson was competent enough to have a child and had been arrested previously for robbery and possessing cocaine. He seems to have a lifetime of higher functionality than that one outlier test would suggest.

    I don’t agree with the death penalty, but i think it’s a huge stretch to think that someone would feel “bottomless grief” over the loss of Mr. Wilson, or that Mr. Wilson’s execution makes Texas a “fascist state” or an “evil shithole”.

  3. I think Saskatchewan is probably more similar to Texas than we’d like to admit.

  4. I am extremely comfortable with my quite reasonable outburst at a jurisdiction that murders disabled people. I am also well aware that many Texans are terrific (I hear Austin is incredible) and I’m sure many, many good Texans share my outrage today.

    Someone needs to say things like “Fuck You Texas You Evil Shithole”. I am pleased to volunteer.

  5. Thanks for finally writing about >Fuck You, Texas You Evil Shithole
    | Prairie Dog <Loved it!

  6. You’re right, fuck this place. As a 19 year old LGBT person living in Texas, I feel like killing myself daily, I’m marginalized and attacked in school and public. Texas has a deplorable and largely ignorant society. This is state is not full of the most rational beings.

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