The many planets of an oral history archive: transcribing Joyce Easley's oral history interview
by Sharla Biefeld
I’m a law abiding citizen. I’m not stupid. So why is one going to go forty years and they’re going to kill my kids’ father? When both did the same thing, one gets to live and one gets to die. You tell me what is equal about that. What is just about that?
Listen to Joyce by clicking on the TAVP Soundcloud clip
As I sat transcribing this, I was disturbed by this question, because I had no answer for her. I wished I did, but I didn’t. I don’t think anyone has the answer, and that is why these questions are so important. No one has an answer, and yet supposedly “justice” is the only reason the death penalty exists. When there is a question as to whether justice was served, and families suffer, what is the point of the death penalty?
Does that makes sense to anyone? If it does, well, you're not on the same planet I'm on.
Note: Joyce Easley's full-length oral history interview will be released during Summer 2014.