The Death Penalty Is African American Essay

1466 Words Nov 28th, 2016 6 Pages
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 part in the lynchings (Lyon 2015, 80). The public who witnessed lynchings served as the judge, jury, and executioner precisely how death penalty cases are set up. Once capital punishment became a legal sentence, Southern lynching states continued to target black defenders through the death penalty…

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