Racial Discrimination In Death Penalty

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When one thinks about the death penalty, they should imagine someone committing a horrific crime, such as murder. However, race plays a significant role in death penalty cases. It’s evident that if one is on trial for committing murder and they are found guilty, most likely they will face jail time no matter the color of their skin. It’s also evident when determining if one will face the death penalty if the defendant is African American. In my opinion, anyone who commits a horrific crime should face their consequences, but the consequences shouldn 't be tougher for people of color. Many years ago during the time of slavery, black people were considered property (Dieter 1998). People of color were victims of many hate crimes and malicious acts, including lynchings. Lynchings were done illegally and served as a resource to eliminate young black boys and men (Lyon 2015, 80). A white man was rarely the victim of a lynching because they were the ones conducting the lynchings. Lynchings were carried out similarly to how one is given the death penalty. Although lynching was illegal, presumed law abiding citizens performed the act, and there was no legal action given to those who took …show more content…
However, race can have an effect on the jury selection as well. The North Carolina v. Golphin et al. case demonstrates how racial discrimination played a role in selecting jurors. The North Carolina v. Golphin et al. case is another instance where the defendants deserved to face the consequences, but not because of their race. Some of the potential black jurors were eliminated because of their criminal background, but the white potential with the same issues was allowed (American Civil Liberties Union 2015). After carefully reviewing the case the judge made the decision to repeal their death sentences and sentence them to life in prison because their files showed racial bias in the jury selection (Lyon 2015,

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