Because freedom can't protect itself
I believe that race is thrown around carlessly and find it offensive. I being an American (NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN!!). I don't believe that color effects the sentencing of the crime. Its nonsense to believe so! It is stats that explain that. More blacks are commiting more capitol crimes than whites, so it makes sense that more blacks are being sentenced.
That's the problem with tokenism where
a big show is put on when one person gets ahead while ignoring the problems that the vast majority are still left to deal with.
Cameron, please do some searching for impartial statistics and let me know if I need to find them for you. My memory is reading that (1) Americans whose ancestors came from Africa are more likely to be charged with more serious crimes for the same acts, and (2) if convicted, receive more serious punishments than the general population.
For one, if people were not committing crimes such as murder than we wouldn't have to worry about people of different race's receiving the death penalty. Murder is murder and if you are going to commit the crime, than people need to be prepared for the consequences at hand if it be the death penalty or not. It's hard for me to read about this issue because I think the issue should lay with the people committing the crime. Why are we not focused on the people committing such crimes as murder?
I agree with Karissa.
Why are we trying to protect the lives of people who have shown blatant disregard for the lives of others?
If you murder someone you have forfeited your own life.
All murders deserve to lose their life for the lives they took.
Quit blaming white people that racial prejudices still exist. Because ALL races are guilty of racism in some form.
Jonathan, let's look at it from Karissa and your viewpoint. The study suggests that people of European ancestry are able to "get away with murder" at a higher rate than people of African ancestry. This denies justice to the victims and their families. Doesn't that make you angry and want to change the system?
Just by pointing out differences in the crime rate and punishment of different racial groups, you are segregating. Regardless of what race you are, if you do the crime, do the time, and if it is severe enough to be determined to be a Capitol crime, you can share in what your victims felt. Live and let live, or pay the price.
Richard - that is, without a doubt, the worst attempt to put forth a rational argument. The analyst is not being racist by examining whether race plays a role. As I noted before, reverse the argument. People of European descent do not do the time or share the pain in proportion to those of African descent. Are you outraged that the victims are less likely to receive justice?
Here is my take on racism. I am a white male, just putting that out there for everyone to know what color I am before I speak my mind. If you ran a business and had one crew of 5 men 4 being african american and 1 being white and you told the white man to clean the port-a-potty he would do his job. On the other hand if you had another crew of 5 men 4 of them white and 1 african american and told the african american to clean the port-a-potty he would say you are racist and give you fits on why not have the white guy do it. I am by far not racist at all I have some best friends that are african american but over the years the african americans are the first ones to cry out racism and that they are being treated unfairly. Now tell me how often do you hear it the other way around?
Thats right!! The only thing racism is...is a crutch for weak minorities.
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