Racial Discrimination

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A growing number of studies reveal that racial bias plays a significant role in whether a convicted criminal receives the death penalty. One big player of the death penalty is discrimination towards poor people and african americans. Opposers think that concerns about racial discrimination are misplaced because there is no convincing evidence that race is an influence in the system of the death penalty. The implementation of capital punishment includes discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and social classes (Is). There is evidence that shows that race is an important factor in determining who will be sentenced to die and who will receive a lesser punishment for the same crime. Opposers of the death penalty argue that the death penalty is unfair, that blacks and poor people are more likely to receive the death penalty than are whites (Death). In Alabama, 43 percent out of their 117 death row inmates were black and yet blacks made up only 26 percent of their population. In Louisiana, 68 percent out their 41 death row inmates were blacks, and yet 25 percent of the state’s population were made up of blacks. In South Carolina, 42 percent of their 50 death row inmates are black, yet blacks make up 30 percent their population. In Virginia, 50 percent of their 47 death row inmates are blacks, yet blacks make up 19 percent of their population. (Evans) Across the nation about 80 percent of the victims in the underlying murder in death penalty cases are black, while 50 percent

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