Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Race plays a factor in death sentences  

A new study shows some appalling results when it comes to linking race and death sentences. I was already aware of this information, so to me this study is merely reiterating what has been a problem for several years, but I suppose this issue really can't get enough coverage.

The findings of the study show that those who are convicted of killing whites are more likely to receive the death sentence than those who kill blacks. Moreover, the race of the actual defendant plays a part as well, with studies showing that blacks are more likely to receive the death penalty than whites are.

Ridiculous. Racism is so deeply ingrained in our society it sickens me.

See the full article in The New York Times for more information on the study.

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1 comments: to “ Race plays a factor in death sentences

  • April 30, 2008 at 6:48 PM  

    There is also another study, which shows that (when the victim is White) the more stereotypically Black the defendant looks, the more likely he is to receive the death penalty. Reason #428 why I cannot stand it when people claim that racism is no longer an issue in America...
    Here's the study:
    Eberhardt, J.L., Davies, P.G., Purdie-Vaughns, V.J., & Johnson, S.L. (2006) Looking deathworthy: Perceived stereotypicality of black defendants predicts capital-sentencing outcomes. Psychological Science, 17 (5), 383-386.