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Is America Falling Out With The Death Penalty?

Posted By Levi

April 28th, 2014 6:47pm

Category: Death Penalty

I previously wrote that I am against the death penalty because, among other things, it is racist. See here. The Economist has an interesting story about the slow demise of the death penalty in the United States. It presents this nice little chart. Some good points from the article: • America executes more people than any country except China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia—disreputable peers for the land of the free. • Even if all the executions scheduled for this year are carried out—which is unlikely—a total of 33 would be the lowest since 1994, and would have fallen by two-thirds from the peak of 98 in 1999. (see the chart, left right hand corner.) • Texas still remains the execution capital of the United States. The article gives several reasons why Americans are falling out of love with the death penalty and points to declining public support. Although the chart shows that the majority of Americans still supports the death penalty – 60 percent – this number is actual Read More

Florida Has Never Executed A White Person For Killing A Black Person

Posted By Levi

March 18th, 2014 8:07pm

I am against the death penalty mainly for two reasons. First, too many innocent people have been sentenced to death in the past. Since 1973, over 140 people have been released from death row after their innocence was later proven. Besides, as long as the death penalty exists there is always the possibility that innocent people will be executed. Secondly, the death penalty is racist. In the states that have the death penalty, blacks are more likely to be put to the death for killing whites than vice versa. Here is more evidence to support my claim. According to Think Progress, Florida has executed 84 people since the Supreme Court reinstated the  death penalty in 1976. “Zero of them are white people sentenced to death for killing an African American. Indeed, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, “no white person has ever been executed for killing an African American” in the state of Florida. Nor is Florida particularly unusual in the racial impact of its death pe Read More