News Item: : Punishment or Mercy?
(Category: religion)
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Thursday 03 August 2023 - 15:25:47

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!
by Ben Jacques
SojoMail 8-02-2023

The packed crowd in Chicago's Southside Club got it that night in 1966,
as the Cannonball Adderley quintet performed the crossover classic,
"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy." The audience, tuned not only to jazz, but to a
hard life in a mean time in America, intuitively understood as cornet,
sax, bass, and drums swelled with Joe Zawinul's keyboard in soulful
affirmation: mercy, mercy, mercy!

Today, I'm not sure we know the meaning of the word.

I was wondering about it one night as we sat in a pizza parlor in
Amherst, Massachusetts. With a group of teacher friends, we had just
watched the University of Massachusetts Minutemen take an unexpected
victory off the basketball court. But it was also the night, Dec. 12,
2005, that many across the nation waited to see if Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger would grant clemency to Stan "Tookie" Williams of Crips
gang fame. Convicted of four murders in two armed robberies, Williams
had spent over two decades on death row in San Quentin.

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