I first read about Genarlow Wilson on Mark Cuban’s blog. If you haven’t heard of Genarlow, he is a 20-year-old former honor student who is two years into a 10-year prison sentence in Georgia for a consensual sex act with another teen. You can read the specifics here NY Times & ESPN, but suffice it to say, this is clearly a miscarriage of justice.
I signed the petition and thought of the Tito Puente song “El Pico” better known as “Never go back to Georgia.” A couple of days later, Jason Calacanis mentioned the story in his blog and encouraged other bloggers to speak up – which I thought was a damn good idea. I’d like to encourage anyone else with a blog who reads this (and feels inclined) to do the same thing.
When I was a kid we used to play dogpile, where we would all jump on top of some poor kid at the bottom – good times. I like it when bloggers all blogpile on corrupt, unjust and unacceptable behavior. Shining a light on people in power and making them accountable for their decisions embodies everything I love about being a part of the Internet community.