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White criminals are the most likely to get the death penalty.


Recently the media has revived the lie that black criminals are more likely to get the death penalty. Even GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has repeated this lie at two of the GOP debates.

Here are the facts:

Between 1975-2005, blacks committed 53% of all felony murders and 56% manslaughters. Black averaged 12% of the US population during this time period. Source: US DOJ, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

If the application of the death penalty was evenly distributed by race, then 53% of the people on death row would by black and 53% of the people executed would be black.

Here is a link to the most recent statistics of the application of the death penalty from the US DOJ, Bureau of Justice Statistics. The DOJ breaks it down into three racial categories. Black, Whites & Hispanics, and Asians & American Indians.

Only 41.5% of the inmates on death row are black. This means black murderers are substantially less likely to get the death penalty for murder.

Of the whopping 46 death row inmates executed in 2010 (out of 3,173), only 13 were black. This means only 28% of the death row inmates executed were black.

Fact: Blacks convicted of murder are significantly less likely to be sentenced to death than white murderers. Black inmates on death row are significantly less likely to actually be put to death than white inmates on death row.

The one people discrimination against by the judicial system is white people.